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  • Ultimate Grand Supreme Queen

    Farelisse Lassor, of Vandalia, competed in the French Lick, Ind., Casino Pageant on March 31, winning the crown of Ultimate Grand Supreme Queen.

  • VFW Auxiliary Places Veterans' Wreaths

    The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary at Old Capitol Post 3862 in Vandalia again participated in the national Wreaths Across America program.

  • Maas elected chaplain of U.S. Daughters of 1812

    The Kaskaskia Chapter of the United States Daughters of 1812 installed new officers during a meeting held in Greenville, on Feb. 19.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This old photo of Gallatin Street, taken from atop Lutheran Hill, kicks off our new Vandalia Memories feature.

    In this feature, we will publish old photographs of Vandalia that have been posted online at Vandalia Memories, a Facebook page started in June 2010 by Kathy Schultz of Vandalia. This photo was posted by Rose Fisher.

  • Hiring officer gives VPD full-time investigator

    Hiring another officer “isn’t just to create another patrolman,” Police Chief Jeff Ray told Vandalia aldermen on Monday.
    Instead, the hiring of that officer would allow the department to have a full-time investigator, Ray said.
    At the recommendation of its personnel, finance and insurance committee, the city council voted to authorize the city’s police and fire commissioners to hire an officer.

  • VFW ruck march is this Saturday

    Brownstown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9770 is holding a fundraiser on Saturday that will have participants walking a considerable distance.
    The post is holding a nine-mile ruck march/walk, with participants taking off from the American Legion Home in Vandalia and trekking to the Post 9770 Home in Brownstown.
    For those not wishing to make the full march, there is an alternate starting point in Bluff City.
    After the march, a meal and refreshments will be served at the VFW Home, The event will include live music and raffles, including a gun raffle.

  • Briefs

    VCHS Alumni
    Banquet Sept. 27

    The Vandalia Alumni and Friends will hold the VCHS All-School Reunion on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the American Legion Home.
    The reunion included a social hour with hors d'oeuvres and cash bar from 5-6:30 p.m., dinner from 6:30-8 p.m., presentations of the Distinguished Alumni Awards at 8 p.m., and music and dancing from 8:30-10:30 p.m.
    The cost of the dinner is $25 per person.
    Reservation forms are available at http://www.vandaliaalumniandfriends.org/vecms3/userfiles/Default/2014All....

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 18

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Saturday, September 20

  • New VVFD Truck Delivered
  • Filing papers for April election available Monday

    While the focus is on the general election in November, it’s not too early to begin thinking about the election next April.
    At that election, to be held on April 7, area residents will fill posts in municipal, school and various district boards.
    Candidates for the April 2015 election can begin picking up nomination papers next Monday, with the filing period for the election being Dec. 15-22.
    Posts to be filled at the April election include:
    • Seats on city councils and village boards.
    • School board members.