Today's News

  • Drug seminar is worth investment

    Have you ever peered into the vacant eyes of a person high on drugs? Have you watched helplessly as their behavior becomes more and more erratic? Have you witnessed the pain that their choices inflict on friends and family members?
    If you’ve been touched in those ways, you know the horrors of watching a life disintegrate under the influence of illicit drugs.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young fisherman, pictured nearly 20 years ago, is now a carpenter who lives and works in the Vandalia area.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1988 – The Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department’s rescue truck sustained major damage when it jumped into gear and rolled down an embankment after being called to a three-vehicle collision at the intersection of U.S. Route 51 and Van Tran Avenue.
    Ramsey won the Egyptian-Illini Conference volleyball tournament. Shanin Whitten of Ramsey was named tournament MVP.
    Beth Herrington and Cindy Harrison represented Vandalia Community High School at the IHSA state tennis tournament.

  • Article gives peek into early settlers' lives

    One day, while scanning microfilmed copies of what was described as “miscellaneous newspapers,” images from The Bingham Agriculturist from Jan. 24, 1889, appeared on the screen.

  • Winners in Lions Club's Halloween parade announced

    1st – Ponderosa, KFC/Taco Bell, Ramada Inn Award – Bright Beginnings Day Care
    2nd – Denny’s Restaurant Award – Fayette County Hospital
    3rd – Vandalia Real Estate/Copper Penny Award – Land of Lincoln Credit Union
    4th – Bluff Equipment Award – Walmart
    5th – Lisa Burnam, Patrick Maag & Melanie Bowles-Edward Jones Investments Award – KC Nursing
    6th – Walmart Award – (tie)-Zombulance and Randy’s Country Barn and Christmas Tree Farm

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Chelsea R. Knox, 23, Greenville, was arrested on Oct. 29 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, no proof of insurance and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Bond was $1,500.
    • Shawn M. Durbin, 20, Fillmore, was arrested on Oct. 28 on an alleged parole violation. He was turned over to the Illinois Department of Corrections on an IDOC warrant.
    • Michael A. Gragas, 25, Opdyke, was arrested on Oct. 28 on a charge of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child under the age of 13. Bond was $100,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 31

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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, November 1

  • Downtown Vandalia Halloween

    Halloween was celebrated in downtown Vandalia on Saturday.

    In the first photo, Ella Satterthwaite, age 3 1/2, listens to a Halloween story read by Shawna Sprague at the Evans Public Library Halloween story time. In the second photo, Joanna Helm of Words, Wicks and Wood hands out candy to one of the trick-or-treaters visiting downtown businesses.

  • Steele is Ramsey Schools' 'Singing Custodian'

    She is custodian for Ramsey Schools and she loves to sing … and she often combines the two, singing as she goes about her work cleaning, which is enjoyed by all who happen to hear her in the halls.

  • Free seminar on synthetic drugs

    With synthetic drugs drawing a lot of news coverage and discussion recently, local agencies are teaming together to present a seminar on the topic.
    “The Ivory Wave Tsunami: Synthetic Drug Awareness” is a free seminar being presented from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. next Thursday at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.
    Bruce R. Talbot, a nationally recognized expert trainer on drugs of abuse, will present the seminar.