Local News

  • Remembering a Comrade

    Area law enforcement agencies joined the Illinois Commerce Commission police in special enforcement patrols on Friday in memory of one of their offficers killed in the line of duty.

  • Pool opens this weekend

    The Vandalia Public Swimming Pool will open for the season this Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting. Saturday hours are 1-5 p.m. and Sunday’s hours are 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
    Due to school being in session June 2-4, the pool will be open from 6-8 p.m. only on those days.
    The pool will begin its regular season hours on Thursday, June 5. Those hours are: Sunday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.; and Saturdays 1-5 p.m. only, due to private parties. There must be 10 people present to open the pool on cool or questionable weather days and nights.

  • Fire Damages Mobile Home

    The Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department was called to Beckman Trailer Court on West Fillmore Street for a fire at one of the mobile homes.

    According to VVFD reports, firefighters were called to a mobile home owned by Sally and Patrick Davin at 7:49 p.m. when smoke was seen coming from the structure. According to the fire report, the residence has been vacant for a couple of months. The cause of the fire, which caused an estimated $21,000 in damage, is unknown at this time. Nineteen firefighters responded, and they were at the scene for about 50 minutes.

  • Woman cited for DUI after pedestrian is hit

    A Collinsville man was airlifted to a Springfield hospital after being hit by a vehicle on Saturday evening, and the driver of that vehicle was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.
    The Illinois State Police reported that at 7:06 p.m., Steven G. Cox was walking his dog on Lakewood Drive, northwest of Vandalia, when the accident occurred.
    The state police said that Cox was running across the road to get the dog and was leaning over to pick up the dog when he was struck by a 2011 Jeep Cherokee driven by Peggy S. Beckmeier, 56, of Vandalia.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 29

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will host PACK (Pups Assisting Children with Kindness) from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Children of all ages are welcome to read to DarnFar Ranch's specially trained therapy dogs. Registration is required; to register, call the library, 283-2824, or stop by the library.

  • Celebrating a Friend

    Kendall Leander cheers as a classmate and friend, Alexandra Schroeder, receives her diploma on Saturday at Vandalia Community High School. More photos from area graduations will appear in next week's issue.

  • Shoal Creek ABATE holds Family Festival
  • Armed Forces Tribute
  • Graduation Day
  • Memorial Day information for Carlyle Lake

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake is preparing for a fun and safe weekend celebrating Memorial Day. Whether you enjoy fishing, camping, boating, bike riding or other outdoor activities, Carlyle Lake offers an abundance of recreation opportunities.
    While participating in water related recreation activities, always wear your life jacket. Over two-thirds of people who drown never had any intention of being in the water.