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Today's News

  • Lincoln events this weekend

    Vandalia will celebrate  Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday with two events this weekend
    The celebration kicks off  Saturday evening with the fifth annual Lincoln Victory Ball, an event featuring local residents in period dress performing period dances to period music.
    The Vandalia Tourism Commission is sponsoring the ball, which will be held from 7-10 p.m. at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
    There is no admission charge for those dressed in period clothing, and the cost for others is $5.

  • Three arrested on Class X meth charges

    Three area residents have been charged with Class X felonies after being arrested this week for allegedly being involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
    Charged with the manufacture of 400-900 grams of methamphetamine are Tommy Lee R. Stockton, 29, of Altamont; Justin K. Leonberger, 35, 319 S. Remann St., Vandalia; and Shana C. Reed, 19, 2087 W. Fifth St., St. Elmo.
    Reed has also been charged with possession of less than 15 grams of a methamphetamine precursor (a substance from which another is formed).

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Rebecca J. Hissong, 49, 415 E. Oak St., Brownstown, was arrested on Feb. 3 on an alleged probation violation. Bond was $50,000.
    • Lisa D. Main, 43, 325 W. St. Clair St., Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 3 for failure to appear in Effingham County court on a small claims matter. Bond was $100 cash.
    • Ashley A. Mitchell, 22, 112 S. Sangamon Ave., Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 2 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $5,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Feb. 5

    ✔ 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 will meet from 1-2 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the group is asked to contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Rogers farm is home to llamas, alpacas

    “Autumn Breeze” is the name of Rod and Sissy Rogers farm home in rural Brownstown. Although it could even be called a ranch, there are no cows, pigs or horses in sight.

  • Tuesday fire guts Vandalia home

    A fire early morning destroyed a home in the northwest area of Vandalia on Tuesday.

  • Rhodes, Hanabarger given Abes

    Both Carl Rhodes and Linda Hanabarger concentrate on the past as they volunteer to make the present and future better for Vandalia.

  • 'Back to square one' on rail issue

    All of those attending a work session of the Vandalia City Council on Monday night agreed that there is a need for safety improvements at the city’s Sixth Street rail crossing.

  • Cougars top Eagles at NTC tourney

    ALTAMONT — South Central overcame a double-digit deficit and knocked off St. Elmo/Brownstown, 59-47, in the third-place game of the 2015 National Trail Conference Tournament.
    The Cougars were down 10 points early in the game, 18-8. But they rallied in the second quarter and never looked back.
    Three players reached double figures for the Cougars, as Brett Harmeier had 16 points, Dre Hill scored 12 and Evan Langley added 11.
    Landon Feezel scored 19 points to lead the Eagles (8-14). He was the only SEB player in double figures.

  • Lady Vandals fall short at Flora

    FLORA — The Vandalia Lady Vandals had the lead early, but the Flora Wolfgals controlled the second half in a 56-37 victory on Monday night.
    Flora outscored Vandalia 36-17 in the second half after the game was tied at halftime.
    A solid Flora squad improved to 23-3 on the season. Flora has already wrapped up the Little Illini Conference title and the Wolfgals are having one of the best seasons in school history.
    Vandalia fell to 15-12 on the season.