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Today's News

  • Ramsey Lions Club's Community Sale is April 5

    On April 5, the community of Ramsey is anticipating in another standing-room-only crowd for the 47th consecutive Ramsey Lions Club Community Sale.

    The multi-block auction provides an exciting atmosphere for thousands of sellers, bidders and treasure hunters in up to seven sale rings in Lions Park.

    Food and refreshment items are available in Lions Pavilion.Tickets are being sold for $500 in cash prizes.

    West Front Street is set aside for vendors who may set up after noon April 4, no need to call ahead. And the community is generally alive with yard and garage sales.

  • Thursday's VCHS sporting events cancelled

    Today's VCHS softball game at T-Town has been cancelled, as has the Lady Vandals' track meet at Shelbyville.

    Monday's postponed VCHS softball game at South Central has been rescheduled for April 7.

  • State must not cut school funds

    At last weeks monthly meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education, Superintendent Rich Well told the board that hes hearing through the state education hierarchy that there may be a plan afoot to cut state expenses by not fulfilling the last two state aid payments at the end of the current fiscal year.

    Though there is no proof at this point that the state does indeed plan to eliminate those payments (which amount to $300,000 each for Vandalia), the prospects of such reductions have the states school districts very concerned.

    And with good reason.

  • Immigrants came here by many routes

    Some of our ancestors scrimped and saved enough money to pay their passage across the Atlantic to America. Others were dragged kicking and screaming.

    Such is the story of John Christian Forbes of Braunschweig, Germany. His great-grandson, Stan Forbes, shared the tale of how his family came to live in America.

  • KC officials say new Vandalia Campus is exceeding their expectations

    As they traveled throughout the Kaskaskia College district to hear the comments and opinions of residents, the KC president and chairman of the board of trustees have basically heard only one concern.

    The only concern that we have heard so far is that we need more space, that people in the district want more course offerings which is good to hear, Jim Beasley said while attending a breakfast program at KCs Vandalia Campus on Wednesday morning.

  • Walgreens wants to build store at site of Jay's Restaurant

    A development group interested in bringing a pharmacy and retail chain store to the site of a longtime restaurant in Vandalia took a step toward that goal last week.

    Requests for a parking variance at the corner of Eighth and Gochenour streets was approved last Wednesday by the citys Zoning Board of Adjustments.

    Those requests were filed by Larry Mabry and Mike Wehrle, owners of the properties where Walgreens is working to construct a store.

  • IHPA, Main Street help downtown owners

    The Vandalia Main Street Program and a state architect are continuing their efforts to help owners of downtown buildings who are interested in improving the exteriors of their structures.

    Through its affiliation with Illinois Main Street, Vandalia Main Street brought Illinois Historic Preservation architect Anna Margaret Borntrager to town for a second time a couple of weeks ago.

  • Hobbie, McKendree's outstanding season ends

    One Vandalia Community High School alum just returned from nationals. In a few weeks, another will be there, helping defend a NCAA Division-I national title.

    McKendree University freshman Eric Hobbie, a former Vandalia basketball player, scored 17 points as McKendree vanquished Texas Wesleyan University, 73-71, in the opening round of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Championships, which is being held in Kansas City, Mo.

  • Vandals shut out Eagles in opener

    Often relegated to practicing in a facility designed for basketball due to field conditions designed for a monster-truck rally, the Vandals wisely partook in one of the few baseball-related activities a team can pull off in a gymnasium during preseason practices.

    They threw - a lot.

    "We worked 40-45 minutes after every practice on our pitcher's program," said first-year Vandals head coach Luke Hohlt. "(Assistant coach) Steve Hosick pitched a little minor league ball, and he's been working with our guys."

  • Haxton signs to play softball at SIC

    Cheynne Haxton suffered a misfortune few student-athletes have to deal with during their high school careers - the final game of her junior year turned out to be the last game of her prep career.

    The former VCHS student is being forced to sit out her senior year due to IHSA transfer rules following her move out of the Vandalia School District.

    Fortunately, Haxton will have the fortune of doing something else few high school athletes experience during their careers - she will get the chance to play at the next level.