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Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  Twenty “Vandalia” banners were purchased by Soroptimist International of Vandalia, with help from local organizations, businesses and individuals. They were to be hung from street lights along Gallatin and South Fourth streets. The banners featured the Vandalia Statehouse and an outline of the bottom portion of Illinois in white on a blue background with some red trim.
    The Vandalia City Council organized a seven-member tourism council.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This "premie" will turn the Big 3-0 in June. He has lived in Fayette County all of his life, and he still loves wrestling, football and fishing. He is the youngest of three boys.

  • Cades have been on a 10-year liver journey

    Rich and Heidi Cade, and their daughter, Madeline, began a journey 10 years ago, setting out together, accompanied by their Savior and Comforter, Jesus Christ.

  • Relay for Life is this Saturday

    The Fayette County Relay for Life will be held this Saturday in Vandalia.

  • Town meeting Thursday on synthetic drugs

    Education and awareness are important tools to combat the serious health threat caused by a rise in synthetic drugs, according to state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon).
    The rise of those synthetic drugs in Illinois and across the nation is keeping law enforcement, health professionals and drug counselors working overtime, said McCarter, who wants to play a leadership role in addressing the problem.
    McCarter is hosting a district-wide town hall meeting on synthetic drugs from 6:30-8 p.m. this Thursday at Vandalia Junior High School.

  • Summer Lunches for Kids

    The Summer Lunches for Kids program gets under way next week in area communities.
    The free lunches will be available from 11-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, June 10-Aug. 14, at the following locations:
    • Vandalia – Lincoln Park, across from the Vandalia Statehouse; and gazebo in Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street.
    • Shobonier – Township building across from the post office.
    • Vera – Township garage parking lot.
    • Ramsey – Lions Park.

  • No beggars allowed

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday an ordinance amendment designed to get rid of beggars, a problem that has been prevalent at main intersections in town.
    The ordinance states, “No person shall beg or solicit alms within the city limits except when acting as a representative of a recognized charitable organization.”
    The city drafted the ordinance after receiving numerous complaints about individuals with signs soliciting money at such places as Mattes Avenue near Murphy’s and Embers.

  • Evans Summer Reading Program now under way

    Evans Public Library and McDonald’s invite local youth to sign up for the library’s summer reading program, "Read to the Rhythm."
    "Read to the Rhythm" offers two reading programs this summer – one for children age 3 through sixth grade and one for students in junior high through newly graduated high school seniors. Students in fifth and sixth grades may choose either program.
    Prizes will be awarded for reading throughout the summer and five special programs will be offered in June at the library.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Derek W. Rogers, 33, RR 2, St. Elmo, was arrested on June 2 on a charge of obstruction of justice and for failure to appear in court on a traffic charge. Bond was $3,000.
    • Marcus M. Currie, 24, Centralia, was arrested on June 2 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Bond was $100,000.
    • Andrew C. Geiger, 24, 302 E. Cumberland Road, St. Elmo, was arrested for failure to appear in Effingham County court on a charge of theft. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 4

    ✔ 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.
    Friday, June 5