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Today's News

  • The history of Masons in Vandalia

    “The first lodge of the Masons in Vandalia was chartered October 8, 1822 as Vandalia Lodge No. 8 with then Governor of the state, Shadrach Bond, elected M.W. Grand Master. This Grand Lodge held all its annual communications in Vandalia until 1828, when all was a blank until 1835 due to persecution.”

  • A chance to help those with cancer

    Earlier this month, we told you about a fund that has been established to help local residents who are battling cancer.  Next week, you will have a chance to join with those who are working to build up that fund.
    A meeting of the Fayette County Cancer Fund is being held at 7 p.m. next Tuesday in the Fayette County Hospital conference room. That meeting is open to the public, and we ask you to consider attending that meeting.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Jerry Alsbury, 24, 1700 W. Randolph St., Vandalia, was arrested on March 28 on a charge of domestic battery. He was being held for the Illinois Department of Corrections.
    • Jackie L. Snider, 37, 1574 N. 1090 St., Vandalia, was arrested on March 28 on charges of failure to register as a sex offender, possession of a vicious dog by a felon and aggravated cruelty to animals. Bond was $5,000.
    • Jena L. Longwell, 26, 106 E. Sixth St., Bingham, was arrested on March 28 on an alleged probation violation. Bond was $2,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 31

    ✔ 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.

    Friday, April 1

    ✔ Brookstone Estates, 1607 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia, will hold a pinochle tournament at 1:30 p.m. The tournament is open to the public, and the entry fee is $5. For more information, call 283-9825.

  • Schumacher final Lenten Luncheon speaker

    The sixth Lenten Luncheon was held at the Unity Baptist Church, with Al Schumacher presenting the last Lenten message of this year and proposing a challenging – but very good – suggestion.

  • Prosecution halted in Maness meth case

    A Ramsey man who is charged with two methamphetamine offenses saw those charges dropped on Tuesday morning, but not in the manner in which he was requesting.

  • Enbridge gives to two local projects

    A company that provided a significant boost to the Fayette County economy last year returned to Vandalia last week to present a couple of gifts.

  • Shell Game
  • Water plant discussions continue

    At an hour-long meeting last week, Vandalia officials continued to discuss its need for updated water treatment facilities.
    And they will continue to look at its two options – a major upgrade to the facilities in the 200 block of East Jackson Street or the construction of new facilities.
    And while Rodney Potts of John H. Crawford and Associates, the city’s consulting engineers, said initially that a new water plant would cost about $21 million and renovations to the existing plant about $16 million, both options could end up being roughly the same.

  • Frogtown

    Visits Parents
    Nathan, Mahala and Harper Jacquin of St. Peter spent the weekend with Nathan’s parents, Dale and Donna Jacquin of Washington, Mo.
    Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., visited Dane and Belinda Harpster on Saturday. They enjoyed lunch at Joe’s in Altamont and later visited with Mary Harpster at Lutheran Care Center.
    Baptisms