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  • ISP announces alternative option for CCL applications

    Illinois State Police officials announced on Monday that an alternative application option to apply for a Concealed Carry License is now available for those individuals without computer access.
    Applicants can contact the ISP Firearms Services Customer Service Center phone line at (217) 782-7980 and provide a FSB call taker with the same CCL application information that is currently required through the CCL online process.

  • Briefs

    Pool open 1-5 p.m. on Fourth of July

    The Vandalia Swimming Pool will be open from 1-5 p.m. this Friday, the Fourth of July.

    Take garage sales signs down after sales

  • Work continues on pool work funding

    Vandalia Park District trustees are continuing to work on a plan to fund needed renovations to the district’s swimming pool.
    The district hopes to obtain the funding through several avenues for the renovation project, estimated to cost about $1.275 million.
    The state has noted significant problems with the pool in each of the last three years, and has told the district that without rehabilitation work, the pool would have to be shut down.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 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.
    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Vandalia Lions Club's Fourth of July carnival is in the Vandalia Lake campgrounds.

  • Canine Visitors

    Participants in the Summer Reading Program at Evans Public Library in Vandalia were recently treated to a program on Heidanes Hidden Timbers and their therapy dogs.

  • Fourth of July activities in three area communities

    The Fourth of July is being celebrated in three area communities.
    VANDALIA
    The Vandalia Lions Club is again providing a carnival in the Vandalia Lake marina campgrounds. This year, the carnival is available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
    On Saturday evening, at dusk, the Lions will again provide the community’s fireworks display over the lake.
    FARINA
    The village of Farina’s Fourth of July celebration begins in the middle of Friday afternoon and runs until late that evening.

  • Hours cut likely at Statehouse

    While they hope to keep all of the state’s historic sites – including the Vandalia Statehouse – open, officials of the agency overseeing those sites are faced with reducing hours of operation.

  • Leak cleanup continues

    Three days after a leak at the Patoka Tank Farm, Marathon Pipeline operations are “pretty much back to normal,” according to a company spokesperson.

  • Route 51 again open to traffic

    U.S. Route 51 between Patoka and Vernon is again open to traffic.

    A Marathon Pipeline spokesman at the scene of a Sunday leak at the Patoka Tank Farm said that Route 51 was reopened at 8 a.m. today (Monday).

    Angela Graves of Marathon said Monday morning that the company is estimated that about 1,000 barrels of crude oil were leaked, adding that it is "a rough estimate."

    Cleanup of the site, she said, would likely take several days to complete.

  • Food Bank at VCHS on Saturday; volunteers needed