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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kelsie M. Flemming, 22, 407 N. Kennedy Blvd., Vandalia, was arrested on March 5 on an alleged probation violation, failing a drug test. Bond was $5,000.
    • Michael T. Watson, 33, Freeport, was arrested on Feb. 5 for failure to appear in Winnebago County court. No bond information was listed.
    • Michelle B. Johnson, 45, RR 1, Shobonier, was arrested on March 5 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and on a warrant for four counts of retail theft. Bond was $33,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 7

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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, March 8

  • Joseph Boleyjack was larger than life

    The early history of Fayette County, published in book form in 1878, lists Joseph Boleyjack as one of the earliest settlers in Loudon Township. Many others are listed as well, but it is Boleyjack, or “Old Buckskin,” as he was called, who garnered more than a brief mention in the history book.
    Joseph Boleyjack was born about 1809 in Ohio. He married Sarah Cronk in Fayette County on July 3, 1843.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – As landscape waste­ – and leaf burning – became a major issue statewide, Vandalia officials were looking at the community’s disposal options.
    Mindy Williams and Josh Kreke were crowned queen and king at the South Central High School homecoming dance.
    A 9-year-old rural Brownstown resident was injured when a friend accidentally fired a .22-caliber rifle they had while playing in a treehouse.
    Jerilyn Reed and Shawn Cripe were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This team of sixth-grade basketball players is pictured more than 40 years ago.

  • It's time to step up to keep our school programs

    Once again, the resilience of Vandalia’s residents has been shown. They’ve been given a sour lemon in the form of multiple cuts to our school programs, and they’re well on their way to making lemonade.
    Though last month’s cuts to district programs touched nearly all areas of the school district, two of the most visible cuts were in music and athletics. And those are the areas in which we’ve seen people step up.

  • Smith is speaker at next Lenten Luncheon

    Christi Smith is the scheduled speaker for the Lenten Luncheon, the fourth of the season, next Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.

  • Taylor picked to succeed retiring Lindberg at FAYCO

    The man who has served as the executive director for FAYCO Enterprises the past quarter century has announced his upcoming retirement. He has also announced the person who will succeed him.

  • City adds liquor license

    The Vandalia City Council voted on Monday to add a liquor license, action that should help bring another restaurant to town.
    The council voted 5-2 to increase the number of Class E license to eight, two weeks after a Greenville couple announced its request.
    At the Feb. 18 council meeting, Vicki Ellsworth said that she and her husband, Rob, would like to have the license for a sit-down style restaurant they hope to develop.

  • Cavaletto opposes cellphone ban

    State Rep. John Cavaletto (R-Salem) voted against legislation presented last Thursday that would ban the use of cellphones while driving in Illinois. Despite his opposition, the cellphone ban was approved by the Illinois House.
    “The problem we have in Illinois, and our nation, is government is too involved in our lives,” Cavaletto said.
    “Banning cell phones won’t stop car accidents from taking place. People can still be distracted by eating, listening to the radio, putting on makeup or in a bunch of other ways,” he said.