Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw-July 21, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured about 60 years ago, grew up in Ramsey, one of 15 children in his family. He worked at a local factory, has three daughters and now lives in Vandalia.

  • The Way We Were-July 21, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council voted 5-4 to approve water and sewer rate increases, which averaged about 16 percent.
    The city council voted 6-2 to allow local taverns to have outside beer gardens.
    Arthur and Marie Buchanan of Vandalia planned to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Joe and Evelyn Faggetti also planned a golden anniversary celebration.

  • 'Wagon-Tongue' Adams led Vandalia team

    In 1981, in celebration of its 100th anniversary, The Ramsey News-Journal newspaper ran a series of old photos submitted by their readers.

  • Give your input on bypass routes

    As the project to determine an Ill. Route 51 bypasses around area communities continues to creep along, the public once again has an opportunity to see the progress and offer input.
    The first of the local meetings was held Tuesday in Ramsey. Additional meetings are planned next week in Patoka (Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Patoka Civic Center) and in Vandalia (Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at  Mother of Dolors Parish Center).

  • Man charged with setting house on fire

    A Vandalia man has been charged with setting the fire that caused substantial damage to a vacant home late Thursday evening.

  • News Briefs

    Habitat Store to collect donations

    Beginning on Aug. 1, the Habitat Store, located at 418 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia, will begin accepting donations of clean clothing, jewelry, household items, small appliances, small pieces of furniture and knick-knacks.
    All profits from the store, formerly known as Nice Twice, will benefit Fayette County Habitat for Humanity, with all funds staying in the county.
    Donations will be accepted at the door in the alley from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  • Plaque winners at Ford Show announced

    Jim Staff, Vandalia, first place
    Pete Burnam, Vandalia, first place
    Jackie Warner, Vandalia, third place
    Richard Pollard, Salem, second place
    Charles Harris, Ramsey, first place
    Charles Philpot, Vandalia, third place
    Bob Maxedon, Sullivan, second place
    Rick and Christy Strange, Tamaroa, first place
    Bill Rowe, Eureka, Mo., first place
    Levi Carrol, Ramsey, second place
    Aaron Lay, Vandalia, third place
    Brandon Kraft, Thompsonville, second place
    Terry and Lisa Robbins, Vandalia, first place

  • Marisa Thomason begins reign as Miss Fayette County Fair

    Marisa Thomason said she was shocked when she heard her name announced as the 2011 Fayette County Fair queen.  But those who know her well were probably not at all surprised.

  • County board OKs redistricting map

    Fayette County officials charged with reorganizing the seven county districts to reflect population shifts learned that the task would not be anywhere near as difficult as they expected.
    In fact, they learned that all they had to do was make a trip to Springfield, and the work would be done for them.
    At its meeting last Thursday, the county board approved a new district map that includes only two changes – moving Bowling Green Township from District 7 to District 1, and moving two blocks in Vandalia (100 residents) from District 3 to District 4.

  • Drone retires; Wollerman promoted to regional superintendent

    The regional superintendent of schools for this three-county area announced last Thursday night that he was retiring, with that decision based on the governor’s attempts to reduce funding for that level of education in the state.