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Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: These cousins will celebrate their 30th birthdays this spring. The boy has one daughter and lives in Vandalia, and the girl has always lived in Ramsey.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kevin Gonzalez, 20, Silom Spring, Ark., was arrested on April 14 on charges of driving without a valid license and speeding. Bond was $25,000.
    • Danny A. Shelby, 27, RR 2, Ramsey, was arrested on April 13 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $5,000, and he was turned over to the Illinois Department of Corrections on an IDOC warrant.
    • Eddie Mancilla Jr., 36, Kankakee, was arrested on April 13 for failure to appear in court on a Kankakee County traffic warrant. Bond was $16,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 16

    ✔ 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.

  • We can, and should, have Easter every Sunday

    Last week, on April 5, Christians all over the world celebrated what really should be considered the Holiest day of the year. Of course, I’m speaking of Easter Sunday.

  • Vandalia's Mary Todd Lincoln

    Marilyn Cole is a Fayette County resident who has been a Mary Todd presenter for the past six years.

  • Watson publishes 'Recipes from God'

    Faye Watson’s book ,“Recipes from God,” is not “just another cookbook), as it was inspired by her day by day  experiences with her family, especially her grandchildren, as it’s subtitled “Reflections of a God-Fearing Grandmother.” It is like a breath of fresh air in a polluted world.  

  • The Lincolns are Returning

    Vandalia’s Lewis Clymer remembers the first time that he was asked to portray Abe Lincoln … and doing so with hesitation.

  • Pinnacle celebrates St. Elmo growth

    One member of Pinnacle Foods’ executive leadership team said that several factors led to having the company’s St. Elmo plant take on its newest product line, with its location and available space being two of those.

  • School Briefs

    St. Peter’s Lutheran
    plans events

    St. Peter’s Lutheran School and Little Saints Preschool in St. Peter will hold an open house from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 16.
    Classrooms will be open, and staff personnel will be available to address any questions related to the educational program, extracurricular offerings, and the mission and purpose as a Lutheran school.
    On Sunday, April 19, the school will sponsor a Scholastic Book Fair, chicken luncheon and bake sale, all starting at 11 a.m.

  • Honor Rolls

    SOUTH CENTRAL
    HIGH SCHOOL
    First Quarter
    High Honors
    Freshmen – Luke Bergmann, Michaela Engel, Adrianne Hebert and Kaelyn Nannini.
    Sophomores – Rachel Bray, Serena Germany, Brayden Gunter, Abby Hahn, Carson Hulsey, Ella Jahraus and Hanna Rubin.
    Juniors – Kinsyl Bell, Spencer Husley, Kelsie Loos, Hannah Lybarger, Gavin Ratermann, Chase Riley, Grant Sedlacek and Macy Sullens.