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  • That Old House

    Only two years have passed since Amy and Michael Schulze bought and renovated a home on Riverview Drive in Vandalia. So, needless to say, the couple wasn’t house shopping.

  • Headed Back to State

    Kendrick Woolsey celebrates his win on Tuesday that clinched another trip to the dual team state finals for the Vandalia Vandals wrestling team.

    Coverage of the sectional win is in the Sports section of today's issue.

  • Mike Radliff picked as next FNB president

    The First National Bank announced on Monday that Michael R. Radliff has been selected as its next president and chief executive officer.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Feb. 26

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-6 p.m. at St. Peter Village Hall in St. Peter.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • 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.