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Today's News

  • National Bank Easter Winners

    Breanna Junior of Vandalia (first photo) was the winner of one of the Easter Basket drawings held on April 22 by National Bank in Vandalia. Her basket included toys and candy.

    Tristan Hunter of Vandalia (second photo) was the other Easter Basket winner in a drawing held by National Bank of Vandalia on April 22. Included in his basket are a bat and ball, as well as other toys and candy.

  • Old Capital View Ribbon-Cutting

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday at Old Capital View restaurant on Fourth Street in downtown Vandalia.

    Those participating included owners Betty and Roger Roe (center), and Betty's sister, Jessie Maske (far left), and their employees.

  • Denny's Groundbreaking

    A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Thursday, April 28, at South Central FS Fast Stop for the Denny's Restaurant that will be opening at that location in the fall.

    Participants included Mayor Rick Gottman, South Central FS General Manager Byron Sikma, Denny's franchisee Dave Behrends, Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman, Vandalia Director of Economic Development JoAnn Givens and Doug Fulk of Fulk Construction, the general contractor for the Denny's project.

  • Banks of the Okaw May 12, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This group of basketball athletes played for Vandalia Junior High School in the 1953-54 school year.

  • The Way We Were-May 12, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Walt Barenfanger asked the city of Vandalia to take over maintenance of the road that runs west of Majestic Drapery and the old Crane Packing building. The council gave Mayor Rich Walker the authority to work with Barenfanger. The local postal food drive netted about 5,500 pounds of food for the CEFS Food Pantry in Vandalia.
    Darrell Gummert, principal of Vandalia Community High School, was elected president of the Charles R. Ruemmelin Foundation Board.

  • 'Vandalia Raid' results in several arrests

    Alenia Dressor McCord was reared in the Bethel community, about eight miles northwest of Greenville, now known as Reno, and was a child during the turbulent days of the Civil War.
    She told her granddaughter, the late Alenia McCord, known to many as a former high school teacher in Vandalia, many family stories. One of her stories was about an event that would become known as the "Vandalia Raid."

  • State trying to grab local funds

    Budget cutting is the norm at nearly every level of government these days. Every entity is looking for ways to trim expenses, balance its budget and operate in the black.
    In Vandalia, for instance, the city has trimmed more than $200,000 of its deficit by eliminating services and delaying some types of work. And some $50,000 remains to be cut before a balanced budget can be submitted for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

  • Soroptimist hold Vandalia Idol contest

    “American Idol” is one of the most-watched talent searches in the country, and a local organization will be providing a similar talent search to Vandalia.
    Soroptimist International of Vandalia, a local club of the world-wide organization, is a group of professional woman that support the cause of women and girls in our community.
    The work by members include the "Food for Thought" program at OUR PLACE Youth Center and filling the big flower pots in front of businesses around town.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-May 12, 2011

    • David J. Sheridan, 53, Granite City, was arrested on May 10 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and driving with expired registration. Bond was $1,500.
    • Lee A. Logue, 23, 539 S. Cypress St., Vandalia, was arrested on May 9 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $4,000.

  • Community Calendar-May 12, 2011

    Thursday, May 12

    ✔ 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 building trades class at the Okaw Area Vocational Center is holding an open house at the home it built this year at 1 Mark Drive, located north of Jefferson Street in Vandalia, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2:15 p.m.