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Today's News

  • Holiday Weekend at Statehouse

    Prior to the start of the Christmas Open House at the Vandalia Statehouse on Saturday night, Statehouse volunteer Linda Hanabarger, left, talks to Christina Pennington, one of the local Girl Scouts volunteering at the open house, about the history of the old state capitol.

  • Lake House wins in court

    The owners of The Lake House have won a court battle that allows them to continue operating their restaurant on Lake Vandalia.
    And the city will allow that victory to stand without a fight.
    Six days before a jury trial was set to begin, a judge has ruled unconstitutional an ordinance that the city argued prohibits Steve “Luke” and Latisha Mabry from running a restaurant on the lake.

  • City closer to a third water source

    Two local men who have been working for about six years to provide Vandalia with a third water source are getting closer to meeting that goal.
    Walt Barenfanger of Kaskaskia Springs Water Co. told the Vandalia City Council on Monday that he and his partner, Jeff Beckman, recently received Illinois Environmental Protection Agency approval on their permits for three wells.
    “The next permit we need is the operating permit, and, hopefully, that’s the last permit that we need,” Barenfanger told the council.

  • Liberty Utilities breaks ground for new facilities

    The need for more space to house equipment and a desire to improve customer service are among the reasons that a utility company with a local office is building a new home.

  • Shop with a Cop

    Chief Jeff Ray and the Vandalia Police Department conducted its first Shop with a Cop this year, taking 11 children shopping for Christmas on Sunday (first photo).

    Volunteering with Ray were officers Jake Bowling, Rob Blackerby, Darrell Glore, Brian Roedl and Rob Thompson. Donations for the new program totaled $3,452. In the second photo, Jim Pryor and other members of Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE donate $1,000 for Shop with a Cop. The chapter holds fundraisers for this and other programs in the area.

  • Mad Dog Donations

    The Mad Dog Motorcycle Club again presented a large donation of toys to Toys for Tots at Arthur Young Inc.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Dec. 18

    ✔ 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
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    Friday, Dec. 19

  • Ramsey stuns top seed SEB in opener

    ST. ELMO — Ramsey looked nothing like an eighth seed.
    The St. Elmo Holiday Tournament began with an upset, as the Ramsey Rams stunned the No. 1-seeded tourney hosts, handing St. Elmo/Brownstown a 56-53 loss on Tuesday night.
    Ramsey's Kyle Adermann hit a three-pointer with 1.8 seconds left to give the Rams the upset victory.
    The game saw the Rams race out to a big early lead, only to see the Eagles claw back into the game with a big third quarter.

  • A CLEAN SWEEP

    Three duals. Three wins.
    That's how Saturday went for the Vandalia Community High School wrestling team.
    The Vandals weren't very gracious hosts, as they earned wins over the other three teams in attendance at Saturday's quadrangular.
    Vandalia got past Herrin, 49-30, and then had little trouble in knocking off Leroy, 57-14. The Vandals topped Oakwood, 51-25, to finish the day at 3-0.
    Vandalia Coach Jason Clay said he saw several positives from his team.

  • Another painful loss for Vandals

    Another solid effort, another close loss.
    That was the painful reality for the Vandalia Community High School boys basketball team on Tuesday night.
    Despite a valiant comeback by the hosts, Hillsboro held on late for a 67-62 overtime victory over the Vandals.
    The Vandals battled until the end, but ultimately fell, remaining winless on the season.
    Each and every time the Hiltoppers appeared to have Tuesday's game secure, the Vandals made a run.