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  • Brownstown VFW dinner postponed till March 14

    Due to weather conditions, Brownstown VFW Post 9770 has postponed its chili and soup dinner until March 14.

  • Womack, Bradley win in first round at state
  • Calendar

    Thursday, Feb. 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.

    Monday, Feb. 23

  • Snow Job

    Mark Tessman of Vandalia's public works department pushes snow out of the intersection of Fourth and Madison streets on Monday morning.

    City crews were out again clearing streets after Tuesday night's snowfall.

  • City discusses school traffic, parking

    Parking and traffic took up much of the Vandalia City Council for a second straight meeting.
    After the council approved the addition of a stop sign for westbound traffic on Progress West Drive at Rock Island Avenue, Alderman Mike Hobler said he feels that city and school officials need to meet to discuss upcoming changes at Vandalia Junior High School and Vandalia Elementary School.
    The Vandalia School District is moving kindergarten and first-grade students from Jefferson Primary to VES and moving fourth-graders to the junior high.

  • City: 3 more crossing arms

    City officials agreed on Tuesday that of the options available to improve rail crossing safety in downtown Vandalia, the best alternative is adding three crossing arms at Sixth Street.
    Rodney Potts of John Crawford and Associates presented to Mayor Rick Gottman and four aldermen three options during a 45-minute work session.
    Aldermen Andy Lester, B. John Clark, Neil Clark and Jerry Swarm were present for that meeting, which was set after the Illinois Commerce Commission and Illinois Department of Transportation presented their rail safety proposal on Feb. 2.

  • News Briefs

    National Road birthday party Thursday

    The National Road Association of Illinois Interpretive Center in Vandalia will celebrate its sixth anniversary from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday.
    The celebration will include an address by Linda Hanabarger on the history of the National Road and Vandalia at 11 a.m. and a talk by Kathy Schultz on the Vandalia Memories Facebook page at 3 p.m.

    KC to hold charcoal drawing class

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Feb. 12

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The National Road Association of Illinois Interpretive Center in Vandalia will celebrate its sixth birthday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Linda Hanabarger will talk about the history of the National Road and Vandalia at 11 a.m., and Kathy Schultz will talk about the Vandalia Memories Facebook page at 3 p.m.

  • Remembering Abe

    Lincoln's Birthday celebration included the Lincoln Victory Ball on Saturday (first photo) and a program on Sunday, with Kevin Kaegy (second photo) speaking at the Vandalia Statehouse on Ann Rutledge; at right is Linda Hanabarger.

  • 2-hour parking

    Because of complaints about two separate matters, a Vandalia City Council is again going to take a look at the two-hour parking limit on Gallatin Street.
    Alderman Mike Hobler asked that the issue be referred to the council’s streets committee last Monday after Police Chief Jeff Ray told aldermen about complaints related to the parking ordinance.
    Ray said that a number of individuals who rent apartments in Gallatin Street buildings have complained about not being able to park for extended periods, including overnight.