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Today's News

  • News Briefs

    Bank holding Relay cookout, bake sale

    National Bank in Vandalia will hold a cookout this Friday to benefit Fayette County Relay for Life.
    The cookout at the bank, which is located at 520 W. Gochenour St., will run from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sack lunches are $6, and an extra sandwich may be added for $1. The lunch includes a choice of porkburger or hot dog, chips and a soda.
    The bank is also holding a bake sale indoors.

    Bell employees reunion is May 6

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 25

    ✔ 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 Fayette County Retired Teachers Association will hold its final meeting for this school year at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. The fall meetings will begin on Aug. 22.
    ✔ 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, April 26

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 25

    ✔ 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 Fayette County Retired Teachers Association will hold its final meeting for this school year at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. The fall meetings will begin on Aug. 22.
    ✔ 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, April 26

  • 'Kenzie's Christmas Wish' helps underprivileged

    Lorene Hoffman Brown was born on a Vandalia farm 94 years ago, “right across from where I live now,” she said, referring to the Hoffman land that was designated a Centennial Farm a few years ago.

  • Heavy Rains, Heavy Flooding

    Large amounts of rain in a short period of time late last week caused what was probably the worst flooding in the area since 2004, when water over U.S. Route 51 south of Vandalia caused the highway to be closed for several days.

    The photo above shows flooding in the area of Fourth and Jefferson streets.

  • More talks on river intake

    Well into a meeting held to discuss possible solutions for Vandalia’s river intake, a representative of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it’s not their role to come up with a remedy.
    But, he did tell city officials whom they could turn to as they try to come up with a way to make the intake usable for more than one-sixth of a year.
    Chuck Frerker, Bob Wilkins and Doug Wasmuth of the Corps of Engineers met with city officials after Mayor Ricky Gottman contacted U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), and Shimkus contacted the federal agency.

  • Streetscape work to begin

    More streetscape work in downtown Vandalia could get under way this week.
    And it could be completed by the end of July.

  • Bruno signs with Fontbonne

    Vandalia senior Amber Bruno on Monday signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Fontbonne University in St. Louis.

  • South Central makes cuts in athletics for '13-'14

    Another school in Fayette County has been forced to make budget cuts, and those cuts will affect athletics.

    South Central District 403’s board of education last Wednesday approved budget cuts for next school year, and those cuts included several in the area of athletics.

    In addition to the cuts, a fee of $40 will be applied to students who play one sport and $60 for students who play two or more sports.

  • Lady Aces win big vs. Lady Vandals

    VANDALIA – Senior Becca Oldham tossed a three-hitter and four Lady Aces had a two-hit game on Monday in a big road win at Vandalia.

    Mulberry Grove scored in every inning to back up Oldham’s gem during a 17-1 victory in a makeup game from April 16 played as the second game of a doubleheader for Vandalia.

    The Lady Aces (8-2) scored three times in both the first and second innings before doubling their run total in the third.