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Local News

  • FFA Week

    Mayor Rick Gottman has signed a proclamation declaring this week FFA Week in Vandalia, recognizing that the organization promotes premier leadership, personal growth and career success while being a part of the students' agricultural education.

    From left to right, are Vandalia FFA chapter adviser Todd Ehlers, Sentinel Betty Carroll, Secretary Dakota White, President Jacob Rau, Gottman, Vice President Dalton Forehand, Treasurer Colton Draege and Reporter Renee Smith.

  • Rutherford addresses state issues

    The state treasurer was in town last Thursday to promote a program in his office that returns property being held by the state to its rightful owners.
    While here, Dan Rutherford also addressed comments by local residents on how the state’s financial woes are impacting this community.

  • Another eatery in the works

    It took more than seven years to get a restaurant at the land that houses the Holiday Inn Express. Now, it looks like there may be two eateries at that location.
    Robert and Vicki Ellsworth of Greenville, who announced last month that they will build a Huddle House near Holiday Inn Express, are now involved in negotiations for a second restaurant in the city’s western Interstate 70 interchange.
    Vicki Ellsworth was at Tuesday’s Vandalia City Council meeting as the council heard the first reading on a liquor license request filed by the Ellsworths.

  • One administrator post cut

    The impact of reduced state funding continued to reverberate through the Vandalia Community School District on Tuesday night as the board of education approved a plan to reorganize the administration team, beginning in the 2014-15 school year.

  • Thursday blood drive in St. Peter

    An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-6 p.m. next Thursday at the American Legion Home in St. Peter.

    It was incorrectly stated in this week's issue that the blood drive is in Vandalia. We apologize for the error.

  • Postal Service plans to cut Saturday mail in August

    U.S. Postal Service
    The U.S. Postal Service last week announced plans to transition to a new delivery schedule during the week of Aug. 5 that includes package delivery Monday through Saturday, and mail delivery Monday through Friday.
    The postal service expects to generate cost savings of approximately $2 billion annually once the plan is fully implemented.

  • News Briefs

    Rutherford visiting Vandalia

    Vandalia is one of four communities that State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is visiting as part of his I-Cash Tour in Central Illinois.
    I-Cash staff will be at the Vandalia City Hall from 2-4 p.m., with Rutherford scheduled to arrive at 3 p.m.
    Through the I-Cash program, the treasurer’s office works to determine for Illinois residents whether the state is holding any money or unclaimed property that is entitled to them.

  • SWAN making appointments

    SWAN Senior Services is taking appointments for Benefit Access, formerly called Circuit Breaker, applications for 2013.
    Applicants must have turned 65 years of age or older by Jan. 1 of last year, must become 65 years of age during 2013 or qualify as a disabled person.
    Applicants need to provide their driver’s license, Medicare card, Social Security cards and a copy of prescription drug plan, if applicable.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, February 14

    ✔ 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 Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. at the Vandalia Airport.
    ✔ 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, February 15

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young lady was 8 years old when this picture was taken 70 years ago. She lived most of her life in Vandalia and retired from Brockway.