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Today's News

  • McGinnis dies in prison; flu believed to be cause

    A Greenville man who was sentenced to prison for murdering his ex-wife’s attorney and shooting up the office of his attorney in Vandalia has died in prison.
    Various media outlets reported on Tuesday that Kelly L. McGinnis died while incarcerated at Lawrence Correctional Center in Sumner.
    The Belleville News-Democrat reported that Judge John Knight, who prosecuted McGinnis while serving as the state’s attorney in Greenville, said that McGinnis died from influenza.

  • Former VCC guard pleads guilty to amended charge, put on probation

    A former Vandalia Correctional Center officer was placed on probation upon pleading guilty to an amended felony charge on Tuesday afternoon.

  • New Chamber Logo
  • And the winners are ...

    For many years, residents of Brownstown could always look to Ginny Wilbur to take a leadership role in something of importance to their village. In Vandalia, Larry Hopkins plays a vital role in numerous organizations and projects.

  • Koontz now opts for trial by judge

    A Vandalia man who failed to appear in court for his jury trial on child pornography charges has decided to let a judge render a verdict.

  • Farmers have until next Monday to provide census data online

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reminds this nation’s farmers and ranchers that the deadline for the 2017 Census of Agriculture is one week away.
    Producers should respond online at www.agcounts.usda.gov or by mail by Feb. 5. The online questionnaire offers new timesaving features.
    The Census of Agriculture is the only NASS questionnaire mailed to every producer across the country and is conducted just once every five years.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Phillip L. Edwards, 36, 424 S. Superior St., Ramsey, was arrested on Jan. 29 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Tony L. Krueger, 22, Beecher City, was arrested on Jan. 29 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.
    • Ashley R. Storck, 34, 215 N. Olive St., St. Elmo, was arrested on Jan. 29 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $1,500.
    • James W. Berner, 37 811 S. Front St., Ramsey, was arrested on Jan. 29 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $1,500.

  • Vandalia Police

    Jan. 28
    • A 15-year-old Vandalia resident was arrested on charges of residential burglary and burglary from a motor vehicle (two counts).
    Jan. 27
    • Braxton T. Lucas, 25, Vandalia, was arrested at 3 a.m. for failure to comply with sex offender registration, for an alleged violation of bail bond and on a charge of obstruction of justice.
    • Trishena L. Berning, 31, was arrested at 1 a.m. in the 400 block of North Kennedy Boulevard on a charge of driving while her license is suspended.

  • Calendar

    Friday, February 2

    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

    Saturday, February 3

    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will hold a Groundhog Story Saturday at 10 a.m. Children of all ages are invited to listen to stories and make a craft.

  • Changing of the guard