Today's News

  • Celebrating A Milestone
  • Trash pickup changes coming

    A new, six-year contract with the firm currently providing trash pickup for residents of Vandalia includes keeping the current rate for the next two years.
    And when the new contract goes into effect, that company will only be picking up trash containers on streets, and it will be providing those containers.
    The new contract with Doty Sanitation Service, which runs from Aug. 1 of this year through July 31, 2022, calls for the monthly rate to stay at $13.38 for the first two years.

  • Council delays action on Grubaugh's TIF

    At the recommendation of the city’s legal counsel, the Vandalia City Council has delayed acting on a request for Tax Increment Financing assistance for the renovation of a downtown building exterior wall.
    The council was scheduled to act on a request from Dennis and Debbie Grubaugh for $70,000 in TIF funds to renovate the wall of their building at 507 W. Gallatin St., work that follows the demolition of adjacent buildings last fall.
    Grubaugh, who plans to do the work himself, has estimated the total project cost at $160,000.

  • Armed Forces Days are this weekend

    Vandalia’s American Legion post is holding a two-day Armed Forces Celebration this weekend.
    That Crawford-Hale Post 95 celebration kicks off on Saturday morning with a parade that includes vintage military vehicles. That parade starts at 9:15 a.m. from the Legion Home at 321 S. Seventh St., goes north to Gallatin Street and down Gallatin before returning to the Legion Home.
    Then, at 10:30 a.m., a short program will be held at the Legion home.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, May 19

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.
    ✔ 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, May 20

  • John J. Satterthwaite Sr., 69, Brownstown


  • Work on TIF rules is a good idea

    Time and time again, members of Vandalia's Tax Increment Financing advisory committee and city council have asked for more guidance as they considered applications for TIF grants and loans. Hopefully, they will be getting that sometime soon.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday's council meeting that he is forming a committee to study the existing rules and regulations for TIF awards, and to recommend changes for those.
    That's a good idea, especially considering discussions on TIF requests at recent council meetings.

  • Looking Back
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Walt Barenfanger asked the city of Vandalia to take over maintenance of the road that runs west of Majestic Drapery and the old Crane Packing building. The council gave Mayor Rich Walker the authority to work with Barenfanger.
    The local postal food drive netted about 5,500 pounds of food for the CEFS Food Pantry in Vandalia.
    Darrell Gummert, principal of Vandalia Community High School, was elected president of the Charles R. Ruemmelin Foundation Board.

  • Pearson circus overwintered in Ramsey

    The other day, on my way to Vandalia, I was met by three semi trucks hauling carnival rides. After all, this is the season for carnivals that winter in the southern states to make their northern trek, providing entertainment for us in the hinterland.
    When I returned home, I pulled a file that I had started some time back on the Pearson Carnival, whose home was Ramsey. It was Mrs. Pearson who had the Ramsey connection.