Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Justin D. Blackburn, 21, 125 E. Main St., Ramsey, was arrested on July 1 on charges of assault and breach of peace. Bond was $1,000, and he was released on a notice to appear in court.
    • Paul T. Stasiak, 54, Altamont, was arrested on July 1 for failure to appear in court on a traffic charge and on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,500.
    • Shawn M. Hunter, 29, 521 S. Seventh St., Vandalia, was arrested on July 1 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Bond was $5,000.

  • Farina's celebration is this Saturday

    Farina will hold its Independence Day celebration this Saturday at the Farina Village Park.
    The schedule for the celebration is as follows:
    • 1 p.m. – Parade signup.
    • 2 p.m. – Parade begins.
    • 2:30 p.m. – Food stand opens.
    • 3-9 p.m. – Kids’ games.
    • 4 p.m. – American Legion opening ceremony, including the presentation of colors and the national anthem by Kyla Stevens.
    • 4-9 p.m. – Bingo.
    • 4:30 p.m. – Cake walk.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 5

    ✔ 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, July 7

    ✔ Farina will hold its Independence Day Celebration at the village park. A story on the celebration is below the calendar.
    Monday, July 9

  • Vandalia Mutual nearing its 125th anniversary

    The word “mutual” can be defined as “generally shared in, or participated in, by members of a community,” which is probably the reason the word was incorporated into the title of Vandalia Mutual Fire County Insurance Co. when it was chartered on March 29, 1888, and organized on April 7, 1888.

  • Alderman addresses city's appearance

    One of Vandalia’s alderman said at Monday’s city council meeting that he would like to see an effort to improve the city’s appearance.
    “We have a lot of houses in the city of Vandalia that have been abandoned, (are) dilapidated, some people living in some that they probably shouldn’t be living in,” Terry Beesley said.
    “If anybody’s got any ideas – just think about it, what we can do, maybe we can budget more next year to get some of these knocked down,” Beesley said.

  • Water order still in effect

    With the rehabilitation of one of its water towers completed and that tower ready for use, the city of Vandalia is back to its normal water storage capacity.
    But, because of the ongoing hot and dry weather conditions, the city is continuing its voluntary water conservation order.
    The city council on Monday night approved the final payment of $86,400 to Quality Assured Industrial Coatings of Alton for its work on the Thrill Hill water tower.

  • 'It's not a pretty sight'

    It started out so well.

  • Post 95 falters after fast start at Mattoon

    After a promising start in the first two days of the Mattoon Firecracker Classic left the Vandalia Sr. Legion squad with a 3-0 record, Post 95 had a tough time last Friday, falling to Lincoln, 5-2, and Shelby County, 7-3, to miss out on the championship round.

    After the tournament, Vandalia’s record stood at 12-8.


    CHARLESTON – All that was needed to win the game was a flyball to the outfield or a simple base hit.

    But Mitch Wolff wasn’t taking any chances.

  • Earnest helps Team USA to gold medal

    Vandalia native Jessica Earnest led Junior Team USA to the gold medal on Sunday at the World Youth Championships in Bangkok, Thailand.

    In the championship round, Earnest led her team, with a 217, as the girls defeated Singapore, 850-799.

    In the semifinals, Team USA took down two-time defending champion Korea, 924-846.

    “I think even just being picked to represent Junior Team USA here was a big accomplishment,” Earnest told bowl.com. “We went out and we won team gold, and that was our goal from the beginning of the week.

  • Vandals go 4-3 in final shootout

    Vandalia’s boys basketball team finished with a 4-3 record in the final summer shootout, but its fundamental weaknesses showed against some of its competition.

    St. Elmo also played in the shootout, going 2-4 in pool play and losing its tournament game in overtime.

    The Vandals were outrebounded by several teams during the shootout, especially last Friday in a pool play loss to Harrisburg and a tournament loss to Marshall.