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Today's News

  • Town meeting Thursday on synthetic drugs

    Education and awareness are important tools to combat the serious health threat caused by a rise in synthetic drugs, according to state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon).
    The rise of those synthetic drugs in Illinois and across the nation is keeping law enforcement, health professionals and drug counselors working overtime, said McCarter, who wants to play a leadership role in addressing the problem.
    McCarter is hosting a district-wide town hall meeting on synthetic drugs from 6:30-8 p.m. this Thursday at Vandalia Junior High School.

  • Summer Lunches for Kids

    The Summer Lunches for Kids program gets under way next week in area communities.
    The free lunches will be available from 11-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, June 10-Aug. 14, at the following locations:
    • Vandalia – Lincoln Park, across from the Vandalia Statehouse; and gazebo in Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street.
    • Shobonier – Township building across from the post office.
    • Vera – Township garage parking lot.
    • Ramsey – Lions Park.

  • No beggars allowed

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday an ordinance amendment designed to get rid of beggars, a problem that has been prevalent at main intersections in town.
    The ordinance states, “No person shall beg or solicit alms within the city limits except when acting as a representative of a recognized charitable organization.”
    The city drafted the ordinance after receiving numerous complaints about individuals with signs soliciting money at such places as Mattes Avenue near Murphy’s and Embers.

  • Evans Summer Reading Program now under way

    Evans Public Library and McDonald’s invite local youth to sign up for the library’s summer reading program, "Read to the Rhythm."
    "Read to the Rhythm" offers two reading programs this summer – one for children age 3 through sixth grade and one for students in junior high through newly graduated high school seniors. Students in fifth and sixth grades may choose either program.
    Prizes will be awarded for reading throughout the summer and five special programs will be offered in June at the library.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Derek W. Rogers, 33, RR 2, St. Elmo, was arrested on June 2 on a charge of obstruction of justice and for failure to appear in court on a traffic charge. Bond was $3,000.
    • Marcus M. Currie, 24, Centralia, was arrested on June 2 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Bond was $100,000.
    • Andrew C. Geiger, 24, 302 E. Cumberland Road, St. Elmo, was arrested for failure to appear in Effingham County court on a charge of theft. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 4

    ✔ 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.
    Friday, June 5

  • McCarter to host town hall meeting on synthetic drugs Thursday

    The rise of synthetic drugs in Illinois and across the nation is keeping law enforcement, health professionals and drug counselors working overtime. An important tool to combat the serious health threat is to get families involved through education and awareness, according to State Sen. Kyle McCarter.

    Sen. McCarter is hosting a district-wide town hall meeting on synthetic drugs on Thursday at the Vandalia Junior High School, from 6:30 to 8:00pm.

  • Gordon, Meyer advance to state track & field finals

    Curtis Gordon advanced to the state finals in both the pole vault and 110-meter hurdles, and Ethan Meyer moved on to the state finals in the triple jump.

    Gordon was among the pole vaulters meeting the qualifying height of 13 feet, 6 inches, and he qualified in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.50 seconds.

    Meyer had the third-best jump, 42 feet, 10 1/4 inches, to advance to Saturday's finals.

  • Many stories at the Statehouse

    As an interpreter at the Vandalia Statehouse, there is a wealth of known history to share with our visitors; however, the unknown is intriguing.
    Much happened within the walls of this historic building that we do not know about, and the personalities who made Vandalia home for the months of the legislative session were many.
    Enter Archibald Williams of Quincy, a self-made lawyer from Kentucky, who would become Lincoln’s fast friend. Williams was said to have had a physical resemblance to Lincoln, and rivaled him in homeliness.

  • Dog park good as long as the rules are followed

    The Vandalia Park District has teamed up with Second Chance Animal Rescue to provide a nice benefit to our community – a dog park.
    The south end of Madison Street Park is now a fenced-in area where local residents can take their dogs for fun and exercise.
    Dog parks have proven to be well-received and well-used in other communities, and, hopefully, the same will be true in Vandalia. From comments made in recent months, many are looking forward to take advantage of the park.