Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This little girl has three children, and she formerly worked at three banks in Vandalia.

  • Statehouse group, historical society merging; meeting on Monday

    The Friends of the Vandalia Statehouse and Vandalia Historical Society are merging, and an imporant meeting for the organization is on Monday evening.
    The newly merged group will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at the Statehouse, with items on the agenda including the election of officers and baord members.
    The organization's goals include raising money for the rehabilitation of windows at the Statehouse, and the maintenance of the Statehouse and Little Brick House.
    Individuals interested in being a part of the organization are urged to attend this meeting.

  • Right turn only at 8th/Fletcher before, after school

    The Vandalia City Council took action on Monday that is designed to improve traffic flow at a busy intersection before and after school.
    The council approved an ordinance amendment that stipulates that on school days between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m., and from 2-4 p.m., both eastbound and westbound motorists on Fletcher Street may make only right turns onto Eighth Street.
    It also stipulates that southbound motorists on Fletcher Street may only make right turns onto Fillmore Street.

  • New school year brings changes

    Tuesday was the first day of changes for the Vandalia School District as administrators, teachers, students and parents prepare for the start of a new school year.

  • Engineer: Buildings need to come down

    After the roof and third story of a building in downtown Vandalia collapsed early on Tuesday, a structural engineered offered the opinion that that building, and two others, should be demolished.

  • CEFS holds first-time homebuyer event

    The CEFS Economic Opportunity Corp., an HUD-certified housing counseling agency, is sponsoring a first-time homebuyer informational workshop this Friday.
    The workshop, funded in part by State Farm Insurance, will be held from 1-3 p.m. at Evans Public Library, 215 S. Fifth St., Vandalia. Individual sessions will start every 30 minutes; to register or obtain more information, call 283-2631.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Warren G. Jones, 21, Centralia, was arrested on Aug. 3 on charges of driving while his license is revoked, speeding and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $1,500.
    • Kenneth L. Ribble, 38, 318 N. Third St., St. Elmo, was arrested on Aug. 3 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $2,500.
    • Jesse D. Blades, 36, Apache Junction, Ariz., was arrested on Aug. 3 for failure to appear in court on a felony charge. No bond information was listed.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 6

    ✔ 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.

  • Structural engineer says 3 buildings not safe, will have to come down

    A structural engineer told city officials on Tuesday that the three buildings at the northwest corner of Gallatin and Fifth streets is not safe and will have to come down.

    But it will likely be some time before those three buildings will be demolished, due to legal issues, and until they can be torn down, the east half of the 500 block of Gallatin Street and north half of the 100 block of South Fifth Street will be blocked off.

  • Lesters at Mulberry Grove church Aug. 7

    The Lesters, often called St. Louis’ First Family of Gospel Music, will be in concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, at the First Church of Christ in Mulberry Grove.
    There is no admission fee, but a free-will offering will be received all for the Lester’s ministry.
    The concert is a special program sponsored by the Mulberry Grove Ministerial Alliance. The alliance tries to provide a gospel music program on the Friday before the Mulberry Grove Homecoming parade and picnic.