Local News

  • Final 'Season of Entertainment' Performance
  • Brownstown VFW Post 9770 shows off its new home

    Members of Brownstown VFW Post 9770 showed off their new home to area residents during an open house and chili/soup supper on Saturday, March 14.

  • New Post 9770 Home

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman and Brownstown Village President Ginny Wilbur, center, do the honors at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Saturday at the new home of Brownstown VFW Post 9770.

    More about the new VFW building will appear in next week's issue.

  • Barbara Fairchild Performs in Vandalia
  • Sunday death believed to be a suicide

    The death of a Vandalia man who was hit by a train on Sunday afternoon is believed to be a suicide.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 19

    ✔ 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.

    Friday, March 20

  • Park board sets public hearing on alcohol request

    After getting some one-on-one feedback on a request to allow alcohol in the parks, the Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners has decided to hold a public forum on the issue.
    At their meeting last week, commissioners addressed that latest request, which would allow consumption of alcohol for softball games.
    However, they emphasized that this was not the first request, with previous ones made for a special event or a family reunion.
    “I’ve talked to probably 80 people, and it seems pretty split at 50/50,” Commissioner Brian Stout said.

  • Scaled-back rail crossing plan

    While the Illinois Commerce Commission has substantially scaled down its proposal for Vandalia’s downtown railroad crossings, the city would like to see it give in a little more.
    At a work session on Monday night, Rodney Potts of John Crawford and Associates presented to city aldermen the ICC’s second proposal to make changes that would enhance traffic safety at Fifth and Sixth street crossings.

  • School board OKs bids for building projects

    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday accepted bids for construction work that will allow the district to move students out of Jefferson Primary School.
    It also approved a bid for the construction of a maintenance building that will be used by the district for storage.
    The bids were approved a little less than two months after the board voted to moved kindergarten and first-grade students from JPS into Vandalia Elementary School, and to relocate fourth-grade students from VES to the junior high school.

  • Evans Library Board has plans for new home drafted

    “Who would have thought 50 years ago that this building would not be enough,” Jessica Blain, librarian at Evans Public Library, told members of Friends of the Library last week.