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Today's News

  • Tourism Commission holding Hanging Basket Sale

    The Tourism Commission will be holding a Hanging Basket Sale this Friday at Vandalia City Hall. They will be selling 10” premium baskets. The cost will be $16 each and you can pre-order & pre-pay at Vandalia City Hall before May 22nd or you can purchase the day of until they are gone. Any questions contact LaTisha at 618-283-1152.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: These three brothers from the Ramsey area are shown in a photograph taken in the late 1940s.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  Brandon Nash, 13, of Ramsey, drowned in the rain-swollen Ramsey Creek.
    High-straight winds or a tornado did damage to buildings in Mulberry Grove, Farina, Vandalia and Ramsey during the past week.
    Jim Lewis was named assistant principal at Vandalia Community High School, replacing the late Walt Leidner.
    Former St. Peter mayor and businessman Armin “Shorty” Hotz, died at Lutheran Care Center in Altamont.
    Mike Butler was hired as girls basketball coach at Vandalia Community High School.

  • Vandalia Memories

    The photo above was taken when fire destroyed the five-story Evans Hotel in 1969. The hotel, with the Abe Lincoln Cafe on the first floor, was located at the northwest corner of Fifth and Gallatin streets.

  • Peter Blair an early merchant

    F.M. Bolt, a former editor of The Ramsey News-Journal, contributed stories to his hometown newspaper on a regular basis. Over the years, I have looked at many back issues of the News-Journal on microfilm, and when I came across a Bolt article, I would print a copy and add it to my file.

  • Participate in Cleanup Week

    You know all of that unusable and unwanted stuff that you have accumulated in your garage or basement? Now is the time to dig it out and get rid of it.
    Vandalia’s annual Cleanup Week begins on Monday and runs through Friday.
    The city of Vandalia offers Cleanup Week to give residents a chance to get rid of those unwanted items that are not normally picked up by trash crews.
    Those items should be placed alongside your regular trash on your regular trash pickup day.

  • Auxiliary Poppy Day

    Mayor Rick Gottman signed a proclamation declaring this Saturday at American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Day in Vandalia.

    With Gottman are Liz Elam, Mary Truitt and Sue Shadwell. The auxiliary will be selling poppies this Saturday to raise funds to help disabled veterans.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Amanda M. Graumenz, 29, 407 N. Kennedy Blvd., Vandalia, was arrested on May 11 on charges of driving under the influence of drugs and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $3,000.
    • Jonathan C. Ashbaugh, 39, 918 N. Walnut St., St. Elmo, was arrested on May 11 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $1,200.
    • Daniel J. Durbin, 31, 304 N. Pine St., Apt. B, St. Elmo, was arrested on May 11 on a charge of criminal damage to property. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 14

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. at the library. Those interested in joining the group may contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.

  • City or civil matter?

    The city of Vandalia’s legal counsel will try to determine whether it should be involved in a request to relocate a city street as it was platted or whether it’s a civil matter between two parties.
    The city council’s streets committee met last week to discuss Andy Lester’s interest in moving a section of Fletcher Street that runs south of his property, running west off of Sunset Drive.