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Today's News

  • The Way We Were Oct. 27, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council took the first step toward changing the city’s form of government from mayor-aldermanic to city administrator by lowering the mayor’s annual salary from $37,854 to $5,000.
    Lyle Lotz, a longtime St. Peter businessman with a strong record of community service, died after an extended battle with cancer. He was 56.
    The Vandalia Vandals defeated Piasa Southwestern, 25-23, to advance to the second round of the IHSA Football Playoffs.

  • Keep kids safe this Halloween

    There will be a lot of scary little creatures roaming around in the coming days. What’s even scarier is the thought of one of those creatures being injured in an accident.
    Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s being celebrated with a variety of activities, including trick-or-treating.

  • Junction Park was an entertainment facility

    I don’t remember much about Junction Park, east of the Kaskaskia River bridge, but it seems that for people just slightly older that myself, many good memories from their teenage years and courtin’ days are anchored here.

  • Reservations taken for Women Teachers' Dinner

    The annual Bond, Fayette and Effingham Women Teachers' Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Vandalia Junior High School.
    Retired women teachers in the three-county area are asked to make reservations  by calling the Regional Office of Education in their county of residence by this Thursday.

  • Extension seminar on emerald ash borer is next Tuesday

    The emerald ash borer is a small, metallic green beetle native to Asia. Discovered in Illinois in 2006, it has since spread throughout Northeast Illinois and East Central Illinois, recently being found in Effingham County.
    The emerald ash borer feeds only on true ash trees. If trees go untreated, the death rate is 100 percent. If infested trees are not treated or removed, EAB will continue its destructive path moving on to other ash trees-eventually wiping out all ash trees.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log Oct. 27, 2011

    • Sahal H. Hashi, 32, Seattle, Wash., was arrested on Oct. 25 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Justin D. Siebert, 21, 403 Wall St., Mulberry Grove, was arrested on Oct. 25 on a charge of retail theft. Bond was $1,000.
    • Trent A. Parker, 22, 300 E. Monroe St., Farina, was arrested on Oct. 24 on charges of battery and criminal trespass to property. Bond was $1,000.

  • Community Calendar Oct. 27, 2011

    Thursday, October 27

    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.

  • Rev. Dan Rush celebrates 25 years at Bethel Baptist

    It was 25 years ago on Nov. 1 that the Rev. Dan Rush arrived in Vandalia to pastor the Bethel Baptist Church, bringing his wife, Kathy, and their two young children, Brittany, age 4, and Micah, age 2.

  • Ruot to seek second term as circuit clerk

    With more than three decades of experience in the circuit clerk’s office, the woman who has headed up that office for the past 3¼  years wants to continue doing so for four more.

  • Jim, Joyce Staff are grand marshals for Lions' Halloween parade

     A long-time member of the Vandalia Lions Club, Jim Staff currently serves as the chairman of the committee organizing the club’s annual Halloween parade.
    The duties of the committee include selecting a grand marshal for the parade. But this year, the current club president told Staff that his committee would not need to do that.
    “Les (Smith) told that whatever choice we would come up with would be overruled,” Staff said.