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Today's News

  • Celebrating the 4th in olden days

    To celebrate the Fourth, I thought it might be interesting to learn how the early settlers of days past celebrated this day.  

  • Rally shows support for schools

    A rally in downtown Vandalia last Wednesday afternoon that urged the passage of a state budget obviously caught the eyes of our governor and state legislators. And that rally would not have been successful were it not for a number of local people.
    First, there are two local individuals who have been in the forefront of the effort to have equitable school funding in Illinois, a state that ranks dead last when it comes to that unequity – Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Rich Well and Sandoval Superintendent Jennifer Garrison, a Vandalia Community High School graduate.

  • Education budget rally draws hundreds

    Less than 12 hours after a large group of school officials from throughout the state congregated for a rally urging legislators to approve a new state budget, lawmakers did just that.

  • Leo members help spruce up the downtown

    If you have noticed some young people picking up trash and sweeping grass off the sidewalk around the Vandalia Statehouse, you saw members of the Vandalia Leo Club. This service to our community was suggested to the Vandalia Lions Club by the mayor, Ricky Gottman, when he spoke at one of their meetings.

  • Lincoln Fest is this weekend

    The fourth annual Lincoln Heritage Festival in Vandalia this Saturday and Sunday includes a number of returning attractions as well as a few new ones.
    The attractions once again include two Civil War skirmishes and vintage baseball games.
    The festival, held in city parks along Fillmore Street, gets under way at 10 a.m., with Civil War camps and museum tents, tomahawk throwing demonstrations, children’s activities in the Locust Street pavilion, music by Prairieland Pickers and a new attraction, the 17th Corps Field Hospital.

  • Merchants ask city for help with parking

    Two weeks ago, downtown merchant Justin Arndt suggested to city officials that the prime downtown property recently acquired by the city be converted into a parking area. He repeated that suggestion on Monday, and other merchants joined him in doing so.
    And Mayor Rick Gottman and city aldermen also heard another group suggest that the property be used to help beautify the downtown business district.

  • Utah woman gets 8 years for cannabis

    A Utah woman who was arrested last October for transporting a large amount of cannabis through Fayette County was sentenced to prison last Friday.
    In a sentencing hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court, Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor gave Julia A.C. Macri, 38, of Salt Lake City, an eight-year prison term.
    Macri was given the prison sentence about two months after Sheafor, in a bench trial, found Macri guilty of the unlawful manufacture or delivery of cannabis, cannabis trafficking and unlawful possession of cannabis.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Four individuals were arrested on July 5 on charges of concealing or aiding a fugitive and endangering the life/health of a child. Those arrested were: Desiree N. Baumann, 28, 16 Oak Grove Lane, Brownstown; Mandy J. Dunn, 29, RR 2, Vandalia, $4,000 bond; Rex E. Sitzmore, 27, 16 Oak Grove Lane, Brownstown, $2,500 bond; and Steven W. Kazee Jr., 46, Hopkinsville, Ky. Dunn was also arrested for failure to appear in court. No bond amounts were listed for Dunn and Kazee.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 7

    ✔ 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.

    Friday, July 8

    ✔ Summer Lunches for Kids is offered from 11-11:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Vandalia, Shobonier and Vera, and from 11-11:30 a.m. every Wednesday in Ramsey and from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every Wednesday in Brownstown.

  • Three killed in two wrecks

    Two individuals were killed in a one-vehicle accident in Illinois State Police-District 12 over the weekend, and one person died in an accident at Patoka.