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Local News

  • Ramsey park opens Tuesday

    Less than two weeks after it was closed due to the state’s failure to pay outstanding bills, Ramsey Lake State Park is open once again.
    Various media agencies were reporting on Tuesday that the park would reopen on Wednesday because an anonymous donor had paid the overdue bills at the Ramsey park, Horseshoe Lake State Park and Carlyle Lake.
    An Illinois Deparment of Natural Resources spokesperson confirmed the reopening of the park, telling The Leader-Union that the park actually opened on Tuesday.

  • A Crowning Moment
  • Council, Grubaugh debate over TIF for downtown wall

    Vandalia aldermen approved Tax Increment Financing agreements for improvements to three buildings in the downtown business district.
    Then, they spent a considerable amount of time debating on the amount to include in a TIF agreement for improvements to the building adjacent to the structures that were razed last fall.
    The council unanimously approved a grant of up to $4,350 to Joyce Garrison for work on the roof at Joyce’s Doggie Styles at 127 S. Second St.

  • The Signs are Right
  • Legion Poppy Day
  • New Crossing Gates
  • VCHS to hold first Academic Signing Day

    As another school year winds down, it’s fairly common to see area high students being recognized for going on to college due to their athletic abilities. The same is not true for those students who are able to continue their education because of their success in the classroom.
    A team of Vandalia Community High School teachers and administrators has decided to change that.
    At the Vandalia Board of Education meeting last week, VCHS Assistant Principal Greta Krueger told board members about the school’s first Academic Signing Day.

  • Man wins acquittal in jury trial Tuesday

    A Greenville man who was representing himself, with assistance from an attorney, had felony charges dismissed on a ruling by a judge in the middle of his jury trial on Tuesday.

  • Ramsey Park latest state budget victim

    The Ramsey Lake State Park is among the latest casualties of the state’s budget impasse.
    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced late last week that the state park north of Ramsey and Horseshoe Lake State Park near Granite City were “closed indefinitely,” with vendors at the state parks being among those not being paid due to the ongoing impasse in Springfield.

  • Building a playground together

    When it was determined that the playground area at Vandalia Elementary School needed improvements, parents, teachers, local businesses and volunteers stepped forward to address that issue.