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Today's News

  • Memorial Day

    • 11 a.m. – Brownstown VFW Post 9770 Memorial Day service at the Veterans' Memorial Wall in the village park.

    In the event of rain, the service will be held at United Methodist Church, just east of the village park.
    • 1 p.m. – Walk Across America at Vandalia Statehouse.
    • 1:30 p.m. – St. Elmo American Legion Post Memorial Day service at the Veterans' Memorial Wall at the Phillips Building.

  • Fake bills

    More than a week after a second arrest related to the spread of counterfeit money in the area, the Vandalia Police Department is continuing its investigation.
    “There’s still (counterfeit) money out there,” VPD Chief Jeff Ray said on Monday.
    In recent weeks, the VPD has received a number of reports of counterfeit money being used at local businesses, and Ray said that his department has recovered $5, $10, $20 and $100 counterfeit bills.

  • City hires firm for new website

    While one alderman claimed that he could create a new website for the city of Vandalia at little cost and in a timely fashion, other city council members opposed creating the new site in-house.
    So, after a lengthy discussion, the Vandalia City Council voted 7-1 to hire an outside firm to do the work.
    The city will pay McDaniels Interactive of Pekin $17,300 to create a new website, something that the city’s executive secretary, LaTisha Paslay, has been discussed for about a year.

  • Dog park event is Saturday

    The opening of Vandalia’s new dog park will be celebrated with a variety of activities on Saturday morning.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 21

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. at the library. Those interested in joining the group may contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Tourism Commission holding Hanging Basket Sale

    The Tourism Commission will be holding a Hanging Basket Sale this Friday at Vandalia City Hall. They will be selling 10” premium baskets. The cost will be $16 each and you can pre-order & pre-pay at Vandalia City Hall before May 22nd or you can purchase the day of until they are gone. Any questions contact LaTisha at 618-283-1152.

  • Meyer advances to state finals; 2 Vandals, 3 Patoka entries advance to state

    Emma Meyer advanced to the state track and meet finals on Thursday, and her brother, Ethan Meyer, and Curtis Gordon advanced to the boys state track meet, also on Thursday.

    Patoka also earned four entries at the state meet next weekend in Charleston.

    Emma Meyer pole vaulted 10 feet to advance to the state finals on Friday at Eastern Illinois University.

    She had also advanced to the state track meet in the 100-meter run, but withdrew from her heat.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  Mayor Rich Walker was elected mayor of the Southern Illinois Mayor’s Association.
    Ramsey Superintendent Richard Nelson was named new superintendent of the Lovington School District. He had served as Ramsey superintendent since 1981.
    Two Vandalia seniors received $1,000 scholarships. Jeff Scott was named recipient of the James Littleford Scholarship and Angie Harmeier received the Matthew Newman, M.D., Illinois Eye Consultant Scholarship.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This woman was born and reared in Ramsey, in a family of seven girls and two boys.

  • Remember those who gave all

    This is the weekend that many will be holding cookouts, parties and other activities to celebrate the unofficial start of summer. It's a time when family and friends gather together for a good time.
    But we ask that you also remember those who gathered together for quite a different reason more than 100 years ago or about 70 years ago ... and many times in between and after. Those men and women joined together at various times in our country's history to preserve the freedoms that we enjoy today.