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Today's News

  • Lincoln Forum (Video)
  • Vandalia Memories

    Dorothy Donley posted on Vandalia Memories photos that Burtschi Brothers published of the unveiling of Vandalia's Madonna of the Trail statue and the East Meets the West pageant in 1928.

    This is a photo of the Gallatin Stree parade held as part of the festivities, with Boy Scouts leading as the parade approaches Sixth Street.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Harlan Newbold was named the new superintendent of the Brownstown School District, effective July 1. Newbold had served as Ramsey High School principal for four years.
    Fifty years of band music in the Vandalia school system was to be celebrated at a special concert in the high school gymnasium. Carl Dollinger of Waukesha, Wis., who helped organize the band program in the Vandalia schools in 1940, was to direct the high school band as it played “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: These cousins will celebrate their 30th birthdays this spring. The boy has one daughter and lives in Vandalia, and the girl has always lived in Ramsey.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kevin Gonzalez, 20, Silom Spring, Ark., was arrested on April 14 on charges of driving without a valid license and speeding. Bond was $25,000.
    • Danny A. Shelby, 27, RR 2, Ramsey, was arrested on April 13 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $5,000, and he was turned over to the Illinois Department of Corrections on an IDOC warrant.
    • Eddie Mancilla Jr., 36, Kankakee, was arrested on April 13 for failure to appear in court on a Kankakee County traffic warrant. Bond was $16,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 16

    ✔ 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.

  • We can, and should, have Easter every Sunday

    Last week, on April 5, Christians all over the world celebrated what really should be considered the Holiest day of the year. Of course, I’m speaking of Easter Sunday.

  • Vandalia's Mary Todd Lincoln

    Marilyn Cole is a Fayette County resident who has been a Mary Todd presenter for the past six years.

  • Watson publishes 'Recipes from God'

    Faye Watson’s book ,“Recipes from God,” is not “just another cookbook), as it was inspired by her day by day  experiences with her family, especially her grandchildren, as it’s subtitled “Reflections of a God-Fearing Grandmother.” It is like a breath of fresh air in a polluted world.  

  • The Lincolns are Returning

    Vandalia’s Lewis Clymer remembers the first time that he was asked to portray Abe Lincoln … and doing so with hesitation.