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  • Attorney wants teen's murder trial moved

    The attorney representing the teen charged with murdering a couple in their Loogootee home wants the youth’s trial to be moved to another county.
    The request to relocate the trial for 16-year-old Clifford W. Baker is one of three motions filed at the end of January by Baker’s attorney, Monroe D. McWard of Taylorville.

  • Lincoln events this Friday, Saturday

    Vandalia will celebrate its history with three events later this week.

    The festivities are kicked off on Friday morning as the Vandalia Statehouse is one of the sites participating in a simultaneous reading of Lincoln's Farewell Address in Springfield.

    The reading is set for 11 a.m. at the Statehouse, and the public is invited to attend.

    On Friday evening, Vandalia's inaugural Civil War Victory Ball will be held from 7-11 p.m. at the Vandalia Moose Lodge. Those wearing period clothing will be admitted free, and admission for all others is $5.

  • Ice storm in Vandalia
  • 2:40 p.m., Thursday: St. Elmo Schools Schedule

    St. Elmo School District’s Calendar for February 4th has been modified.

    Students will not attend school on Friday, February 4th due to a change in the calendar.  Friday instead will be set as a Teacher Inservice Day.

  • Mueller, Knebel receive Abes

    Two individuals who have been involved extensively in community activities were honored with Abe Awards at Thursday’s annual banquet of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.
    Receiving the non-chamber-member award was Joyce Mueller, a longtime volunteer in a variety of Vandalia organizations. The chamber-member award went to Doug Knebel, the community bank president for Midland States Bank, 2008 president of the Vandalia chamber and member of a number of civic organizations.

  • Reading of Lincoln Farewell is next Friday

    A live webcast has been set up to allow anyone in the nation to participate in the Feb. 11 simultaneous reading of a famous Abraham Lincoln speech that organizers hope will set a new Guinness World Record™ as part of the national kickoff of the Civil War Sesquicentennial.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, February 3

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Saturday, February 5

  • Evans Library Board makes long-range plans for new building

    Preliminary discussions on building a new home for Evans Public Library in Vandalia are just that – preliminary.

  • Two Buildings/Two Separate Issues

    There has been talk in the community that the Evans Youth Center will be torn down to make way for a new public building.

  • Winter storm leaves thick layer of ice

    What has been termed by many as Illinois’ worst winter storm in decades sent most city and county government employees home early on Tuesday and allowed them to stay there on Wednesday.