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Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw-Aug. 4, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two cousins are pictured 45 years ago. The one on the left works for the county and lives in the southeast part of the county. The one on the right lives out of state, but grew up in the Ramsey area. She is a registered nurse.

  • The Way We Were-Aug. 4, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – A nationwide search was kicked off for Kelly McGinnis, a Greenville man who gunned down Greenville Attorney Tom Meyer in the alley behind the lawyer’s office downtown.
    The Vandalia City Council approved a resolution prohibiting drinking outside of bars in the city, after some bar owners asked for permission to have beer gardens.
    Bruce Clanton of rural Vandalia was recognized as a candidate for the American FFA Degree, the highest honor in the Future Farmers of America.

  • Wolf packs terrorized citizens, livestock

    “Grandfather Howell came to Illinois from Tennessee in 1825, settling in Marion County, having taken up land from the government, 80 acres at the time of his coming. He afterward bought 120 acres from the government, a part of which was timbered and a part was on the prairie.
    “There were not any settlements on the prairie at that time, all the settlements there were then being in the timbered land. The first Monday in May was wolf day. All the settlers gathered at that day and made a general drive, often taking numbers of prairie wolves.”

  • Volunteers will be needed for Lincoln Park

    It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since retired U.S. Sen. Paul Simon came to help Vandalia Main Street dedicate its downtown park and “Sitting with Lincoln” statue.
    On Monday, that park, and statue, officially became the property of the city of Vandalia.
    That means the city is now responsible for the expenses related to the park, which are, essentially, insurance premiums and electric bills.

  • News Briefs-Aug. 4, 2011

    Ramsey man arrested after shooting

    A Ramsey man has been charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and reckless discharge of a firearm after a shooting incident early Tuesday morning.
    Ryan D. Donaldson, 26, was charged with the two felony offenses after he allegedly struck and shot Clint Martin.
    Martin was taken to Fayette County Hospital and Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, and was released later in the day. He reportedly sustained a gunshot wound in the neck.
    Donaldson’s bond was set at $50,000.

  • Community Calendar-Aug. 4, 2011

    Thursday, August 4
    ✔ The Summer Lunches for Kids program is under way. The lunches are available from 11-11:30 a.m. at the American Legion Home and in Rogier Park in Vandalia, at the township building in Shobonier and at the township garage in Vera.
    ✔ 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.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Aug. 4, 2011

    • Luyu Wang, 52, El Monte, Calif., was arrested on July 26 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Melissa C. Stevens, 33, RR 2, St. Elmo, was arrested on July 26 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $1,000.
    • Ashley S. Pittenger, 19, RR 3, Vandalia, was arrested on July 25 for failure to appear in court on two misdemeanor charges. Bond was $3,500.
    • Jason L. Phillips, 31, Salem, was arrested on July 25 for failure to appear in court on a charge of domestic battery. Bond was $3,000.

  • Wollerman takes over as regional superintendent

    When Julie Wollerman was sworn into office by Judge Gene Schwarm on July 18, she became the new superintendent of Regional Office of Education No. 3 (Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties), the first woman to serve in the position.

  • City close to bidding streetscape work

    The city of Vandalia will know later this month whether it has good bids for more downtown streetscape work.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that bid notices for streetscape work on Gallatin Street between Seventh and Eighth streets will be published in area newspapers Aug. 11-18.
    Bid forms will be distributed by the project engineer, HMG Engineers of Carlyle, and bids for the work will be opened on Aug. 22, Gottman said.
    The council should be ready to act on the bids at its Sept. 5 meeting, he said.

  • Stephens resigns from Illinois House

    Ron Stephens, who has represented residents of this region in the Illinois House of Representatives for close to three decades, resigned his seat on Tuesday.