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Today's News

  • Vandalia Memories

    Officers, directors and male employees of Farmers and Merchants Bank in Vandalia are shown in a photo taken on Aug. 13, 1959.

    The photo was provided by Jim Staff of Vandalia. In front, from left to right, are Bill Welker, Art Buser, Ira Lakin, Joe Burtschi and Coral Brooks. In back are Harry Craycroft, Bill Rademacher, Charles Evans, Wilbur "Wempy" Cains, Darrell Isbell, C.C. "Cornie" Brauer, M.S. "Mack" McGlasson, Don McKellar and Charles Schulte.

  • Some Bluff City School history

    As the 1938 Bluff City School Reunion approached, P.C. Bascom, a former early resident, was contacted regarding his earliest memories of the school. His response by letter and dated Aug. 8, 1938, was published in The Vandalia Union and contained the earliest history to date on this school.
    Son of Schuyler Stone Bascom and his second wife, Mariah Smith, Perry Carley Bascom was living in Boundbrook, N.J., when he was contacted about the upcoming school reunion. Bascom was a good choice because he first attended school in Bluff City in 1857.

  • Get to work in Springfield

    Remember when the city of Vandalia received a state grant to replace the Johnson Street bridge over the rail line with a flat road surface? How about the grant funds that helped pay for the extension of Sunset Drive from Jefferson Street to Randolph Street?
    Those are just two examples of how far our state has fallen in the past 25 years or so.
    Today, schools aren't getting the funds owed to them, our governor has threatened to take away a big portion of the money owed to municipalities and many important services and programs are on the verge of extinction.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 25

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

    Friday, June 26

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kevin S. Cook, 32, RR 1, Ramsey, was arrested on June 23 on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was awaiting the setting of bond.
    • Whitney S. Davis, 25, Mason, was arrested on June 23 for failure to appear in Montgomery County court. Bond was $2,000.
    • Hannah N. Nash, 20, RR 2, Ramsey, was arrested on June 22 on a warrant for a charge of escape. Bond was $35,000.

  • Five RR crossings closed this week
  • Health Department holding Ladies Night Out
  • Welcome, Law Dogs

    Vandalia will be roaring with the sound of hundreds of motorcycles later this week as Vandalia hosts the national rally of Law Dogs, a motorcycle group made up of people associated with law enforcement and the military.
    It's the second time within two months that we are hosting a national gathering right here in Vandalia.
    That means that our city and its people is doing something right.

  • Bunyard Bible given to museum

    It has been several months since Scott Bunyard telephoned me to tell me of the existence of the Samuel Bunyard family Bible. An inscription on the inside of the hand-tooled leather cover bore his name and the date, Feb. 17, 1866, both written in a stylistic script.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Several thousand people braved the heat to attend the Grande Levée. One of the most popular attractions was Abe Lincoln presenter Joseph Woodard of Greenup
    Alpha Mu sorority sponsored a three-day babysitting clinic for 28 area children.
    The Vandalia Board of Education approved a 5-percent pay hike for administrators.
    Peg Williams and Dave Bell were the top female and male finishers in the Grande Levée 5-K run.

    30 Years Ago