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Today's News

  • Two rail cars derail near Mulberry Grove; section of Old Ill. Route 140 closed temporarily

     

  • JPS students moving to VES, VJHS

    The Vandalia Board of Education approved on Tuesday a plan to move most students from Jefferson Primary School to two other buildings in the district.

  • Seeking a city administrator

    The city of Vandalia has begun its search for a city administrator, and three individuals have already expressed an interest in the job.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that the job has been posted statewide through the Illinois Municipal League, Illinois Department of Councils and the Illinois City and County Managers.
    Gottman said that he had begun posting the job more than two weeks ago, and that he has already received three resumés. The city will receive resumés through March 28, he said.

  • Council agrees to purchase fuel under contract

    The city of Vandalia will, for the first time, purchase fuel for city vehicles under contract, but the startup date for that contract has yet to be determined.
    Two weeks after South Central FS offered to sell gas and diesel to the city under contract, aldermen voted to accept that offer, but to let Mayor Rick Gottman decide when that practice will start.

  • Changes in Extension

    A new person in the director’s chair is not the only change at the University of Illinois Extension office in Fayette County.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Jan. 22

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. at First Baptist Church on U.S. Route 51 in Ramsey.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Graumenz creates variety of wood items

    Gary D. Graumenz began working with wood when he was just 10 years old, and has become so proficient at the art that he can build anything by looking at a picture of it. He also has the ingenuity, talent and skill to design and build original and workable objects such as a child’s tractor that can be ridden and operated by a child and a wagon to pull behind it.

    A Chip Off the Old Block

  • Shimkus again solicits 'Valentines for Heroes'

    Congressman John Shimkus (R-Illinois, 15th District) is again asking constituents to participate in his “Valentines for Heroes” program.
    The congressman’s district offices will collect valentines for distribution throughout the region to veterans and those currently serving in the military.
    “Thousands of valentines have come into my offices every year since we began Valentines for Heroes,” Shimkus said.
    “Constituents have been overwhelmingly generous and supportive of our military men and women, past and present.

  • TOURNEY CHAMPIONS

    The Vandalia Lady Vandals pose after winning the Effingham Round Robin Girls Basketball Tournament on Friday night. The Lady Vandals went 3-1 in the tourney.

    Look for more in the print edition.

  • Tea Party changes dates of meetings, re-elects officers

    Conflicts on meeting dates was a major topic of discussion at the recent meeting of the Effingham Area Tea Party.
    In the future, meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month.
    It was noted that the annual report on tea party officers and directors is due soon.
    As a result of voting, President Todd Slingerland, Secretary David Schaefer and Treasurer Jane Willenborg were re-elected to new terms.
    Directors of record are Patty Russell, Roger Stevens and Wayne Russell.