• Statehouse Open House shows Christmas of 1830s

    Back in the days that Vandalia served as Illinois' capital, people didn't have strings of brightly colored lights, dancing Santas or shiny ornaments to use as decorations. So they used fresh greenery, nuts, fruits and candles to decorate their homes and workplaces.

    Local residents can get a taste of 1830s decorations by attending the Christmas Open House at the Vandalia Statehouse this Saturday evening.

  • Thanks for serving

    Its often a thankless job, attending numerous meetings, doing research, getting feedback from constituents and making decisions that affect the populace. But fortunately, we have people who are willing to represent us in local government and on the various bodies overseeing our taxing entities.

    One such individual is Dean Black, who has stepped down after serving on the Fayette County Board as a representative of the St. Elmo area for nine years and as chairman of the board for half a decade.

  • KC campus to be huge asset to city

    Though classes wont begin until January, and some furniture has yet to arrive, the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus project is close enough to completion to begin creating considerable excitement.

    That excitement was evident Tuesday morning, when college officials and members of the successful capital campaign committee gathered for a breakfast meeting and participated in sneak preview tours of the new facility.

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, what are you thankful for?

    Most of us could tick off a substantial list of things that are near and dear to us. And when we consider the plight of others around the world, we undoubtedly have ample reason to be grateful. Here are a few:

    Our family (which is a source of support and love through the good times and the bad).

    Our community (which, thanks to the commitment of many of our leaders and business owners, is growing and moving forward).

  • Enjoy 'Olde Tyme Christmas' Friday

    Are you ready for the Christmas season? Well, ready or not, it's here.

    This Friday, the season kicks off in Vandalia with Vandalia Main Street's Olde Tyme Christmas celebration. It's one of the biggest promotions of the year.

  • Honor our vets on Veterans' Day

    We tend to overlook and take for granted the freedoms and rights that we Americans enjoy each and every day of our lives.

    More importantly, we have a tendency to forget about the men and women who have, throughout the history of our country, stepped forward to earn and protect those freedoms and rights our veterans.

    Thus, its not too much to ask that we all take time this Sunday to remember and honor those veterans, as well as those who are currently serving in our armed forces.

  • Work session brings all parties together

    Those who are involved in making decisions on improvements to Vandalias downtown business district were given a lot of information to digest on Monday night. They now have the challenge of sifting through that information and reaching a consensus on what improvements, if any, will be made.

    During the Vandalia City Councils work session, representatives of the citys consulting engineers, HMG Engineers, explained their beliefs on why the city has had nothing but bad luck in bidding out the downtown improvement project.