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Today's News

  • Research finds Bowling Jones' grave

    Bowling Green was a village founded by Bowling Jones and located in Section 31 of Bowling Green Township. Some say it was named for him, while others maintain it was named for Bowling Green, Ky.  

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 9

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board meets at 4 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center, located west of Vandalia Community High School.

  • Fall Festivals

    The area was full of fall festivals this past weekend.

  • Community Garden festival is Saturday

    The seed for the Little Community Garden in Vandalia was planted about 12 years ago and has flourished and grown under the capable hands and loyal commitment (plus inspiration and  perspiration) of local Master Gardeners and willing volunteers.

    As the garden grew, so did the number of people who joined in the works that have to be done to raise a clean and neatly kept, productive plot of ground, while also adding to its natural beauty with the addition of blooming, colorful flowers and trees.  

  • Council rejects adding liquor licenses for gaming

    The Vandalia City Council voted on Monday not to increase the number of liquor licenses, which would have allowed two businesses to receive gaming licenses.
    In a 6-2 vote, the council essentially rejected the requests from 4 Aces, which had planned to put gaming machines at 1611 Veterans Ave., next to Midland States Bank; and Spin2Win, which planned to have machines at 337 Mattes in Vandalia Commons.

  • Four arrested as 1 is sought

    A team of several law enforcement agencies that descended upon a residence in rural Beecher City last Wednesday for the arrest of one individual ended up taking four people into custody.
    And more arrests are likely as an investigation in that case continues.

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  • Lions hosting Harlem Ambassadors

    The Vandalia Lions Club is bringing the Harlem Ambassadors to town.
    The Ambassadors will face the Fayette County Knights, "an eclectic group of local leaders and celebrities," in a basketball game in the Vandalia Community High School gym at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15.
    The game will feature "Harlem-style comedy basketball featuring high-flying slam dunks, games with kids and hilarious comedy."
    Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students ages 4-16. They are available at First National Bank in Vandalia.

  • Mulberry Grove tops BES in EIC championship

    Derek Childress scattered seven six hits in recording a shutout win for Mulberry Grove in the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament championship game at Deken Park in St. Elmo.