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Today's News

  • ROE 3 receives grant for alternative education

    Regional Superintendent of Schools for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties Julie Wollerman announced that her office was recently awarded two competitive grants to assist in funding ROE 3’s Alternative Education Programs.
    A Truants’ Alternative and Optional Education Programs grant was awarded to ROE 3 by the Illinois State Board of Education.
    This is a competitive grant that is awarded on an annual basis, and this is the 20th year that ROE 3 has received this grant to provide services to the at-risk students in the three-county area.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Tabatha L. Sides, 46, 825 Sunset Drive, Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 11 for failure to appear in court or pay on a small claims judgment. Bond was $350 cash.
    • Andre D. Odell, 20, 211 N. Kennedy Blvd., Apt. G10, Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 11 on charges of illegal consumption of alcohol and illegal possession of alcohol. Bond was $1,000, and he was released on a notice to appear in court.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 13

    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, September 15

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two boys, the youngest boys in a family of seven children (three girls and four boys), both served in the military.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Based on an ordinance, water rates for residents of Vandalia were increased by 7.01 percent and sewer rates were hiked by 1.48 percent.
    After hearing residents in the area of Sunset Drive and Fillmore Street voice complaints about speeders, the Vandalia City Council agreed to consider making the intersection of Sunset and Fillmore streets a four-way stop.

  • Can Vandalians be called river rats?

    I moved from Vandalia to Springfield in the fall of 1970. It was about this time that I found out we Vandalians, or at least this particular one, are considered "River Rats" by some of the "flatlanders" up north.
    The first time I heard the phrase, I protested! My folks lived on North First Street,  and the Kaskaskia River flowed a short distance from our back yard, but I didn’t think much about it. I knew the river was behind our house somewhere, hidden by the trees, but did not spend time looking for it. A river rat, indeed!

  • Never forget the lessons of 9/11

    Never Forget.
    We have been reminded in countless ways this week that we should always remember the horror of Sept. 11, 2001.
    It will, indeed, be hard to ever forget that day, a day from which we learned many lessons.
    We learned that this country has enemies who take glee in trying to kill as many of us as possible. While these enemies, as evidenced by the daily suicide bombings in their homelands, do not value human life, they know just how much we do.

  • New Wellness Complex doctor comes from NY

    Dr. Glen Skow was born and reared in New York City, but has just a subtle “city” accent.

  • Temporary disappearance of young child a mystery

    Local authorities are continuing to investigate the temporary disappearance of a young child in Vera on Sunday evening.
    Fayette County Sheriff Aaron Lay said his department received a report at about 10:30 p.m. of a 4-year-old child missing from her bed.
    Lay said other area agencies were contacted, and a search of the home and nearby area was conducted, with one Fayette County deputy estimating that as many as 60 people participated in the search for the young girl.

  • Crime spree nets 17 years

    A Vandalia man who eluded police for more than a day after a widespread crime spree in Fayette County last December has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.
    At a hearing last Wednesday in Fayette County Circuit Court, Associate Judge Allan Lolie sentenced Kenneth Weldon on charges of residential burglary, aggravated possession of a stolen firearm, four counts of burglary and three counts of possession of a stolen vehicle.