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Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – During a presentation to the Vandalia City Council, Bill Donaldson stressed that city participation in the Vandalia Main Street Program was a vital key in the success of the program.
    Jeff Lay and Tom Fackler of Vandalia won the doubles competition at the Mid-State Conference tennis tournament. Vandalia placed second in the conference tourney.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This boy, in a photo taken in 1986, grew up in Vandalia and now works at the federal correctional center in Greenville. He is married and has two sons.

  • Vandalia woman killed in Sunday afternoon crash

    A Vandalia woman was killed in a one-vehicle accident on Sunday afternoon.
    According to the Illinois State Police-District 18, Ashley Seigel, 29, was eastbound on Ill. Route 185 south of Coffeen on a 2002 Harley-Davidson motorcycle when she lost control of the motorcycle.
    The state police said that the motorcycle struck a guardrail, ejecting Seigel from the motorcycle.
    Seigel was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
    The ISP Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit is continuing to investigate the accident.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kenneth E. Eldridge, 30, Centralia, was arrested on May 2 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and speeding. No bond information was listed.
    • Brenda L. Lyes, 35, 320 E. Fourth St., Apt. 11, St. Elmo, was arrested on May 2 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $4,500.
    • Bobby J. Bryan, 50, Centralia, was arrested on May 2 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, improper use of registration and no valid registration. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 5

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
    ✔ 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, May 6

  • Lucille Fisher is still going strong at 103

    During an interview in 2009, at age 96, Lucille Fisher said that she was,
    “Just glad that I lived long enough to get acquainted with my little great-grandchildren.”

  • Fire damages downtown building

    A fire last Wednesday evening caused substantial damage to the second story of a downtown building.
    Vandalia’s volunteer firefighters were called at 9:46 p.m. to a second-floor apartment at 414 W. Gallatin St., in the building that formerly housed Jane Isbell Jewelry and other businesses.

  • Ramsey park opens Tuesday

    Less than two weeks after it was closed due to the state’s failure to pay outstanding bills, Ramsey Lake State Park is open once again.
    Various media agencies were reporting on Tuesday that the park would reopen on Wednesday because an anonymous donor had paid the overdue bills at the Ramsey park, Horseshoe Lake State Park and Carlyle Lake.
    An Illinois Deparment of Natural Resources spokesperson confirmed the reopening of the park, telling The Leader-Union that the park actually opened on Tuesday.

  • A Crowning Moment
  • Council, Grubaugh debate over TIF for downtown wall

    Vandalia aldermen approved Tax Increment Financing agreements for improvements to three buildings in the downtown business district.
    Then, they spent a considerable amount of time debating on the amount to include in a TIF agreement for improvements to the building adjacent to the structures that were razed last fall.
    The council unanimously approved a grant of up to $4,350 to Joyce Garrison for work on the roof at Joyce’s Doggie Styles at 127 S. Second St.