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Today's News

  • City closer to a third water source

    Two local men who have been working for about six years to provide Vandalia with a third water source are getting closer to meeting that goal.
    Walt Barenfanger of Kaskaskia Springs Water Co. told the Vandalia City Council on Monday that he and his partner, Jeff Beckman, recently received Illinois Environmental Protection Agency approval on their permits for three wells.
    “The next permit we need is the operating permit, and, hopefully, that’s the last permit that we need,” Barenfanger told the council.

  • Liberty Utilities breaks ground for new facilities

    The need for more space to house equipment and a desire to improve customer service are among the reasons that a utility company with a local office is building a new home.

  • BFD makes Jim Green the department's chaplain

    When Jim Green attended the annual Methodist Christmas dinner at Emmanuel Church on Saturday evening, along with others from the Brownstown Methodist Church, he had no idea of the surprise that was in store for him.

  • Shop with a Cop

    Chief Jeff Ray and the Vandalia Police Department conducted its first Shop with a Cop this year, taking 11 children shopping for Christmas on Sunday (first photo).

    Volunteering with Ray were officers Jake Bowling, Rob Blackerby, Darrell Glore, Brian Roedl and Rob Thompson. Donations for the new program totaled $3,452. In the second photo, Jim Pryor and other members of Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE donate $1,000 for Shop with a Cop. The chapter holds fundraisers for this and other programs in the area.

  • Mad Dog Donations

    The Mad Dog Motorcycle Club again presented a large donation of toys to Toys for Tots at Arthur Young Inc.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Christopher N. Mason, 35, 1008 W. Johnson St., Vandalia, turned himself in on a warrant for failure to appear in court on a civil matter. Bond was $500 cash.
    • Daniel R. Tedrick, 28, 817 W. Edwards St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 15 for failure to appear in court on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine-manufacturing materials. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Dec. 18

    ✔ 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
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    Friday, Dec. 19

  • Area boys roundup: Ramsey boys earn close win

    RAMSEY — A big fourth quarter propelled Ramsey to a 51-49 come-from-behind win over Cowden-Herrick on Friday.
    The Rams trailed 36-30 entering the fourth quarter. But Ramsey outscored Cowden-Herrick, 21-13, in the final frame to pull out the win.
    Brady Reiss and Michael Camez scored 11 points apiece for the Rams.

    Ramsey 51, Cowden-Herrick 49
    CH  11   15   10    13   — 49
    RA  11   10     9    21   — 51

  • Gillespie uses big run to get past Vandalia's boys

    GILLESPIE —A long layoff may have caught up with the Vandalia Vandals.
    The Vandals returned to action after nearly two weeks off and suffered a 70-62 loss at Gillespie on Friday night.
    The Vandals hadn't played since Nov. 29, when they finished the Canton Tournament. And after a solid first quarter, the rust showed in the second period, as the Vandals could only watch as the Miners went on a 17-0 run to pull away for good.

  • Vandals come up short at Carlyle

    CARLYLE —  As Saturday night's game with Carlyle played out, two key factors emerged.
    The host Indians dominated the boards, getting second and third chances again and again with offensive rebounds while holding the visiting Vandals to one and done on the other end.
    And as simple as it sounds, the Vandals just couldn't get enough shots to fall.
    The result of both of those factors was another loss for the Vandals. Carlyle knocked off Vandalia, 66-48, on Saturday night.