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Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: These siblings grew up in Vandalia and Brownstown. The sister works in Vandalia, and both of the brothers are employed by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Kathy Schultz, administrator of Vandalia Memories, posted this 1955 photo from The Vandalia Leader and Union of the Tri City Grocery when the store opened.

    The building was later a Save-A-Lot store, and it now is part of the First National Bank in downtown Vandalia.

  • Vandalia and the Underground RR

    As many who read this column know, some of my free time is spent as a volunteer at the old state capitol in Vandalia. Last week, the site superintendent, Steve Riddle, told me of a “Network to Freedom” project he had recently heard of that is underwritten by the National Park Service.

  • Pinnacle growth good news for St. Elmo, region

    Given our state’s current climate, it’s almost impossible for any community in Illinois – especially smaller ones – to land a sizeable number of manufacturing jobs. But St. Elmo has done just that.
    That community, working with state and county officials, and touting the ethic of its current work force, has encouraged Pinnacle Foods to more than double the number of employees at its St. Elmo facility.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Sherman M. Willis, 28, Lincoln, was arrested on March 31 on a charge of criminal damage to property. Bond was $1,500.
    • Delta D. Frailey, 42, 1928 W. Randolph St., Apt. 1, Vandalia, was arrested for failure to appear in court on a charge of criminal trespass to property, and on a new charge of possession of methamphetamine and methamphetamine paraphernalia. Bond was $25,000.
    • Breanna M. Lofland, 23, Brownstown, was arrested on March 30 for failure to appear in court on a traffic charge. Bond as $2,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 2

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Bethel Baptist Church, located on Ill. Route 185 northwest of Vandalia, will hold Maundy Thursday services at 6 p.m. Worship will be centered on "The Seven Last Words of Christ."
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Houghtaling gives fifth Lenten Luncheon address

    The fifth Lenten Luncheon, sponsored by the Ministerial Alliance of Vandalia, was held in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church.

  • Vandalia council, school board candidates profiled

    CITY COUNCIL
    WARD I

  • Few races on election day

    Vandalia residents will only have one decision to make next Tuesday, while Ramsey voters have the most to pick up when it comes to filling spots on the village board.
    In Vandalia, the only contested race is in Ward I of the city council, where incumbent Neil Clark is being challenged by Ken Hubler.
    That race initially featured three candidates, but a third, Christine Helinski, withdrew after filing nomination papers.

  • Pinnacle ready to add 90 jobs

    Pinnacle Foods will next week celebrate the startup of a new product line that will more than double the number of employees at its St. Elmo facility.
    Pinnacle is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1:30 p.m. next Wednesday as it opens manufacturing for its recently acquired Wish-Bone salad dressings business at its plant in St. Elmo.
    The St. Elmo plant currently employs about 85 people, and Pinnacle is planning to add 90 more workers in the first half of this year as it prepares to bring Wish-Bone production in-house.