Today's News

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on July 30 in Litchfield at Maverick Restaurant, with 24 members and three guests present.
    President Dean Black welcomed everyone, followed by the pledge to the flag. David Poe gave the blessing for the meal.
    After the meal, Black called the meeting to order.
    The secretary and treasurer report were read and approved. Birthdays and anniversaries for July were read.
    Laura Mulhern had completed a brochure that included everything about the club, and each couple or member was given one.

  • Frogtown News

    Prairie Days Floats
    In commemoration of its 40th Anniversary, the Prairie Days Committee invites area businesses, civic organizations, and area churches to consider building floats for the Prairie Days parade this year.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 140.
    The organist was Jamie Lotz.
    Ellijah Bahde served as acolyte.
    Attending elders were Allen Magnus and Mark Wollin.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Jeaneane Jenne
    -Ryan Gullion

  • Durbin – Meseke

    Ashley Durbin and Tyler Meseke have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

    The future bride is the daughter of Kent and Teresa Durbin of Vandalia, and the future groom is the son of Curt and Lori Meseke of Vandalia.
    The couple are planning an Aug. 22 wedding at Immanuel Lutheran Church at Augsburg, and will reside in the Vandalia area.

  • Durbin – Norris

    Amber Nicole Durbin of Vandalia and Alex Scott Norris of Beecher City have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Special council meeting on Friday

    One day after a structural engineer issued the opinion that three downtown Vandalia buildings need to be demolished, a special meeting of the Vandalia City Council was set.

    The council will meet in special session at 6 p.m. on Friday to consider the adoption of an ordinance "granting the mayor extraordinary powers and authority during a state of emergency."

  • Vandalia Memories

    David Crye uploaded to Vandalia Memories this old photo of Vandalia's railroad depot in the 100 block of South Sixth Street.

  • Dug Out Bill and bandits

    The following story, by the Rev. August Forster, Ramsey’s Catholic priest, was reprinted in the April 9, 1936, issue of the Ramsey News Journal.
    At the time he reprinted it, the editor expressed reservations as to the reverend having his facts straight, even accusing him of using his imagination to come up with “an interesting portrayal of an episode that might have happened.”

  • Traffic flow will require some patience

    There is no perfect solution.
    Traffic is going to get more congested on the north end of Vandalia in a few weeks, and there's not really anything that can be done about it.
    The shifting of students from Jefferson Primary School to Vandalia Elementary School means that more parents will be dropping off and picking up their children before and after school each day.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This little girl has three children, and she formerly worked at three banks in Vandalia.

  • Statehouse group, historical society merging; meeting on Monday

    The Friends of the Vandalia Statehouse and Vandalia Historical Society are merging, and an imporant meeting for the organization is on Monday evening.
    The newly merged group will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at the Statehouse, with items on the agenda including the election of officers and baord members.
    The organization's goals include raising money for the rehabilitation of windows at the Statehouse, and the maintenance of the Statehouse and Little Brick House.
    Individuals interested in being a part of the organization are urged to attend this meeting.