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Today's News

  • Postal Service plans to cut Saturday mail in August

    U.S. Postal Service
    The U.S. Postal Service last week announced plans to transition to a new delivery schedule during the week of Aug. 5 that includes package delivery Monday through Saturday, and mail delivery Monday through Friday.
    The postal service expects to generate cost savings of approximately $2 billion annually once the plan is fully implemented.

  • News Briefs

    Rutherford visiting Vandalia

    Vandalia is one of four communities that State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is visiting as part of his I-Cash Tour in Central Illinois.
    I-Cash staff will be at the Vandalia City Hall from 2-4 p.m., with Rutherford scheduled to arrive at 3 p.m.
    Through the I-Cash program, the treasurer’s office works to determine for Illinois residents whether the state is holding any money or unclaimed property that is entitled to them.

  • SWAN making appointments

    SWAN Senior Services is taking appointments for Benefit Access, formerly called Circuit Breaker, applications for 2013.
    Applicants must have turned 65 years of age or older by Jan. 1 of last year, must become 65 years of age during 2013 or qualify as a disabled person.
    Applicants need to provide their driver’s license, Medicare card, Social Security cards and a copy of prescription drug plan, if applicable.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, February 14

    ✔ 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 Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. at the Vandalia Airport.
    ✔ 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, February 15

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Dylan T. Summers, 19, 2310 W. Main St., Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 12 for failure to appear in court on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Bond was $2,500.
    • Natosha L. Peck, 31, Staunton, was arrested on Feb. 12 for failure to appear in court on a charge of domestic battery. Bond was $5,000, and she was released on a personal recognizance bond.
    • Charles Robinson, 19, 407 N. Kennedy Blvd., Vandalia, was held for the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice on a charge of domestic battery.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – As the year came to a close, area law enforcement were gearing up for a change in the legal intoxication limit from .10 to .08 that went into effect at midnight on Jan. 1.
    Fayette County Sheriff Michael D. Kleinik and his department, along with Illinois State Police, were investigating an armed robbery at First National Bank in Ramsey.
    The Vandalia City Council approved the purchase of a $54,000 computer system. The system would alleviate the record-keeping system of writing and typing.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young lady was 8 years old when this picture was taken 70 years ago. She lived most of her life in Vandalia and retired from Brockway.

  • We must save both band director positions

    Editor:
    I am writing in support of the Vandalia Band program. I am a 1978 graduate of Vandalia High School and I was in band. Now, my nieces and nephew are in the program. I encourage community members to please support this valuable program in any way possible, and I encourage the school board to reconsider any plans to eliminate a band director.
    All sports are important, and for many students, band is their “sport.” Being in band requires continuous practice and commitment,  and a high level of teamwork among the students.

  • Lincoln's protest against slavery

    On March 3, 1837, by a protest entered upon the Illinois House Journal of that date, at pages 817, 818, Lincoln with Dan Stone, another representative of Sangamon County, briefly defined his position on the slavery question.
    “They believe that the institution of slavery is founded on both injustice and bad policy; but that the promulgation of abolition doctrines tends rather to increase than to abate its evils.

  • Lincoln weekend good for Vandalia

    It was a good weekend to be in Vandalia if you were a fan of all things Abraham Lincoln. Everywhere one looked, it seemed, there was something going on related to our 16th president.
    And that was a good thing for Vandalia.
    Among the major events of the weekend were:
    • Special programs for children and adults at the National Road Interpretive Center on Saturday.
    • The third annual Lincoln Victory Ball on Saturday evening at the Moose.