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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Fake bills

    More than a week after a second arrest related to the spread of counterfeit money in the area, the Vandalia Police Department is continuing its investigation.
    “There’s still (counterfeit) money out there,” VPD Chief Jeff Ray said on Monday.
    In recent weeks, the VPD has received a number of reports of counterfeit money being used at local businesses, and Ray said that his department has recovered $5, $10, $20 and $100 counterfeit bills.

  • Meyer, Miller advance to state track meet

    Emma Meyer, in the pole vault and 100-meter run, and Anna Miller, in the 300-meter hurdles, advanced to the state track meet next week in Charleston

  • Electronic recycling during Cleanup Week in Vandalia

     

  • Tourism Commission holding Hanging Basket Sale

    The Tourism Commission will be holding a Hanging Basket Sale this Friday at Vandalia City Hall. They will be selling 10” premium baskets. The cost will be $16 each and you can pre-order & pre-pay at Vandalia City Hall before May 22nd or you can purchase the day of until they are gone. Any questions contact LaTisha at 618-283-1152.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: These three brothers from the Ramsey area are shown in a photograph taken in the late 1940s.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  Brandon Nash, 13, of Ramsey, drowned in the rain-swollen Ramsey Creek.
    High-straight winds or a tornado did damage to buildings in Mulberry Grove, Farina, Vandalia and Ramsey during the past week.
    Jim Lewis was named assistant principal at Vandalia Community High School, replacing the late Walt Leidner.
    Former St. Peter mayor and businessman Armin “Shorty” Hotz, died at Lutheran Care Center in Altamont.
    Mike Butler was hired as girls basketball coach at Vandalia Community High School.

  • Vandalia Memories

    The photo above was taken when fire destroyed the five-story Evans Hotel in 1969. The hotel, with the Abe Lincoln Cafe on the first floor, was located at the northwest corner of Fifth and Gallatin streets.

  • Peter Blair an early merchant

    F.M. Bolt, a former editor of The Ramsey News-Journal, contributed stories to his hometown newspaper on a regular basis. Over the years, I have looked at many back issues of the News-Journal on microfilm, and when I came across a Bolt article, I would print a copy and add it to my file.

  • Participate in Cleanup Week

    You know all of that unusable and unwanted stuff that you have accumulated in your garage or basement? Now is the time to dig it out and get rid of it.
    Vandalia’s annual Cleanup Week begins on Monday and runs through Friday.
    The city of Vandalia offers Cleanup Week to give residents a chance to get rid of those unwanted items that are not normally picked up by trash crews.
    Those items should be placed alongside your regular trash on your regular trash pickup day.