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Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This woman was born and reared in Ramsey, in a family of seven girls and two boys.

  • Remember those who gave all

    This is the weekend that many will be holding cookouts, parties and other activities to celebrate the unofficial start of summer. It's a time when family and friends gather together for a good time.
    But we ask that you also remember those who gathered together for quite a different reason more than 100 years ago or about 70 years ago ... and many times in between and after. Those men and women joined together at various times in our country's history to preserve the freedoms that we enjoy today.

  • Greenville tops Vandals at regional

    Zach Schaal held Greenville to just two hits while also contributing offensively, but a mid-game defensive miscue put an end to the Vandals season on Monday.

  • BES seventh-graders 3rd at state

    The seventh-grade Brownstown-St. Elmo girls track team capped a successful season by taking third place at the Illinois Elementary School Association 7A State Track Meet on Saturday in East Peoria.

  • Meyer, Miller headed to state track meet

    Vandalia’s Emma Meyer and Anna Miller advanced to the state track and field meet with their performances at the Gillespie Sectional last Wednesday.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 21

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    Ethan E. Rickman, 25, 305 Pierce St., Mulberry Grove, was arrested on May 19 for failure to appear in court on a traffic charge. Bond was $1,000.
    Sharon S. Martin, 30, 1410 W. St. Louis Ave., Vandalia, was arrested on May 19 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving while her license is revoked. Bond was $2,500, and she was released on a personal recognizance bond.
    Chelsea M. Clift, 21, Centralia, turned herself in on a warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of speeding. Bond was $1,500.

  • Biellier stays busy with puzzles, gardening

    Carlos Biellier served the United States in field artillery in both World War II and Korea.
    He joined the Merchant Marines when he was still very young, and when he returned to civilian life, he worked, as he put it,  “as a manure salesman,” which was downplaying his profession, for 24 years.

  • Dog park event is Saturday

    The opening of Vandalia’s new dog park will be celebrated with a variety of activities on Saturday morning.

  • City hires firm for new website

    While one alderman claimed that he could create a new website for the city of Vandalia at little cost and in a timely fashion, other city council members opposed creating the new site in-house.
    So, after a lengthy discussion, the Vandalia City Council voted 7-1 to hire an outside firm to do the work.
    The city will pay McDaniels Interactive of Pekin $17,300 to create a new website, something that the city’s executive secretary, LaTisha Paslay, has been discussed for about a year.