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Today's News

  • Briefs

    Pool open 1-5 p.m. on Fourth of July

    The Vandalia Swimming Pool will be open from 1-5 p.m. this Friday, the Fourth of July.

    Take garage sales signs down after sales

  • Work continues on pool work funding

    Vandalia Park District trustees are continuing to work on a plan to fund needed renovations to the district’s swimming pool.
    The district hopes to obtain the funding through several avenues for the renovation project, estimated to cost about $1.275 million.
    The state has noted significant problems with the pool in each of the last three years, and has told the district that without rehabilitation work, the pool would have to be shut down.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 3

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Vandalia Lions Club's Fourth of July carnival is in the Vandalia Lake campgrounds.

  • Golden Circle center volunteers honored

    The doors to the Golden Circle Nutrition Center were opened Thursday evening as Sharon Harris, the director of the site, honored the volunteers with an appreciation dinner.

  • Canine Visitors

    Participants in the Summer Reading Program at Evans Public Library in Vandalia were recently treated to a program on Heidanes Hidden Timbers and their therapy dogs.

  • Fourth of July activities in three area communities

    The Fourth of July is being celebrated in three area communities.
    VANDALIA
    The Vandalia Lions Club is again providing a carnival in the Vandalia Lake marina campgrounds. This year, the carnival is available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
    On Saturday evening, at dusk, the Lions will again provide the community’s fireworks display over the lake.
    FARINA
    The village of Farina’s Fourth of July celebration begins in the middle of Friday afternoon and runs until late that evening.

  • Hours cut likely at Statehouse

    While they hope to keep all of the state’s historic sites – including the Vandalia Statehouse – open, officials of the agency overseeing those sites are faced with reducing hours of operation.

  • Leak cleanup continues

    Three days after a leak at the Patoka Tank Farm, Marathon Pipeline operations are “pretty much back to normal,” according to a company spokesperson.

  • Post 95 reaches semis of Firecracker Classic

    Hitless games have been few and far between for Vandalia’s Brett Mueller this season.

    And after going hitless for back-to-back games for the first time in Sr. Legion action this summer, he bounced back with a hit in the semifinals of the 29th annual Mattoon Firecracker Classic.

    That single, however, was one of just four for Post 95 last Saturday, as Vandalia lost back-to-back games for the first time this season after being shut down, 4-0, by eventual tournament champion Mattoon.

  • Post 95 wins another District game

    VANDALIA – Jacob Behrends remained perfect with another complete game, Noah Powless drove in three runs and Post 95 rebounded from its first back-to-back losses with a 7-2 win against Salem in Sr. Legion District play.

    Behrends fired his second straight complete game, striking out seven to earn his third win in District action and move his overall record to 6-0.

    “He’s been throwing strikes like crazy,” said outfielder Austin Schwarm. “A big part of his success is that he doesn’t walk many people.”