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  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 4

    ✔ The Alternative Education Programs will hold parent-teacher conferences from 3-6 p.m. All students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m.
    ✔ 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.
    Friday, October 5

  • A Grande Weekend

    The 43rd annual Grande Levée was held on Saturday on the Vandalia Statehouse grounds, with the Budabi Brothers juggling act (above) being among the more popular attractions.

    At right, Abraham Lincoln presenter Joe Woodard of Hazel Dell delivers a speech about his opposition to slavery in the House of Representatives chambers in the Statehouse. More photos from the Grande Levée, and from the Vandalia Tourism Commission's Harvest Festival, are in a photo gallery.

  • Second annual fuNFest is this Saturday

    The second annual fuNFest will be held from noon-6 p.m. this Saturday at Gatch Lake, with lots of food; many fun activities for the kids, including two bounce houses; many prizes; raffle gift baskets; silent auction; bake sale; cake walk; $1,000 cow patty bingo; silent auction; and gun raffles.

  • Mayor fighting temporary closure of I-70 exit

    Major improvements to a section of Interstate 70 just outside Vandalia in the near future could hurt businesses near one of its exits while that work is being done
    Vandalia’s mayor told the city council on Monday that he is working to keep the impact on those businesses to a minimum.
    Rick Gottman told the council that he learned recently that the Illinois Department of Transportation will be replacing the two I-70 bridges over the Kaskaskia River just east of the 63-mile exit at Vandalia.

  • Fire committee completes study

    The chief of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department announced on Monday that a committee formed to study fire protections in areas outside the community had formulated a recommendation.
    Ed Taylor, who served as chairman of that exploratory committee, presented its two-part recommendation at Monday evening’s city council meeting.
    The first part of the recommendation reads as follows:

  • Kaskaskia College

    Charcoal drawing class
    The Kaskaskia College Office of Continuing/Community Education will offer a charcoal drawing class at the Vandalia Campus on Thursdays, Oct. 11-25, from 6-8 p.m.
    The registration number is COED 7003 VA01E.
    Students will learn how to use charcoals for rendering subjects such as still lifes and landscapes; and focus on color, harmony and composition.
    A list of supplies will be furnished to students. The cost is $25; students over 60 may register at no cost.

    ‘Memoir-Life Story’ class

  • News Briefs

    Saturday is Drug Take Back Day

    Unused prescription drugs can be dropped off at the Vandalia Police Department from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday. The police department is in the Public Safety Building at 221 S. Fifth St.
    The drugs should be placed in the box that will be in the lobby of the police department.
    The Drug Take Back Day program is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. The drugs will be collected by the DEA and destroyed.

  • Tongue Twister

    Haley Bigelow attempts to put some English on Fruit Loops she tosses, trying to land them on her partner's shaving cream-covered face, during a homecoming assembly at Vandalia Community High School last Thursday.

  • Grande Levée, Harvest Festival and Band Competition are this weekend

    Vandalia’s biggest celebration weekend of the year is this Friday and Saturday with the Grande Levée and Harvest Festival.
    The weekend also includes an inaugural band competition at Vandalia Community High School.
    The 43rd annual Grande Levée at the Vandalia Statehouse kicks off at 5 p.m. with a ham and beans dinner, and entertainment.

  • City continues talks for third water source

    The city of Vandalia is moving closer to obtaining a third water source.
    At a meeting on Monday evening, Mayor Rick Gottman and member of the city council’s water and sewer committee talked with Walt Barenfanger of Kaskaskia Springs Water Co. about a proposed agreement drafted by City Attorney Jack Johnston.
    Johnston drafted the agreement after two presentations by Barenfanger and his partner, Jeff Beckman.