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Today's News

  • Holiday Weekend at Statehouse

    Prior to the start of the Christmas Open House at the Vandalia Statehouse on Saturday night, Statehouse volunteer Linda Hanabarger, left, talks to Christina Pennington, one of the local Girl Scouts volunteering at the open house, about the history of the old state capitol.

  • Lake House wins in court

    The owners of The Lake House have won a court battle that allows them to continue operating their restaurant on Lake Vandalia.
    And the city will allow that victory to stand without a fight.
    Six days before a jury trial was set to begin, a judge has ruled unconstitutional an ordinance that the city argued prohibits Steve “Luke” and Latisha Mabry from running a restaurant on the lake.

  • 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