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Today's News

  • Lions circus is Monday

    The Vandalia Lions Club is bringing the circus to town.
    The Kelly Miller Brothers Circus will be in Vandalia on Monday for shows at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Waggoner Trucking parking lot on Janett Ave.
    Tickets purchased in advance are $10 for adults and $6 for children.
    Advance tickets are available at all locations of First National Bank of Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka, Mulberry Grove and Greenville, and at Country Market in Vandalia.
    Advance tickets are also available from Lions Club members.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Joseph B. Johnson, 24, RR 2, Ramsey, was arrested on April 24 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Duane R. O’Neal, 46, Fredericksburg, Ohio, was arrested on April 24 on a St. Clair County traffic warrant. Bond was $1,000.
    • Duran C. Dollins, 21, Vandalia, was arrested on April 24 on charges of possession of 30 grams or less of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $1,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 26

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Kaskaskia College will hold an Arbor Day celebration at 11 a.m. at the KC Vandalia Campus on West Fillmore Street. Alex Eade, a KC horticulture instructor, will be the speaker for the celebration. A light lunch will follow the speaker and a ceremonial tree-planting.

  • After battling cancer, Thomas receives his calling

    “It is more blessed to give than receive.”
                    Acts 20:35
    Those are words that Don Thomas, pastor of the Brownstown United Methodist and Emmanuel United Methodist churches has always lived by.

  • Chancey enters state's attorney's race

    About three weeks after Stephen Friedel announced that he would not seek a fourth term as Fayette County’s state’s attorney, his assistant has decided to run for that office.

  • Pollard, Braun retained as party chairmen

    Fayette County’s Republican and Democratic committees voted last week to retain their chairmen.
    In conventions held last Wednesday evening, the Republican Central Committee agreed to retain Randy Pollard as its chairman, and the Democratic Central Committee voted to keep Randy Braun in the chairman’s spot.
    Other Republican committee officers elected were: vice chairmen, Mark Schaub, Dan Palecek, Mike Hall and Chad Feldpouch; secretary/treasurer, Matt Hall; and chairwoman, Grace Thull.

  • McCarter wants to stay in Senate

    The Lebanon man who was appointed, then elected to represent this area in the Illinois Senate has decided that he wants to retain that position.

  • Senior Spotlight: Brady McDowell

    BROWNSTOWN – Running around his grandparents’ living room after hitting imaginary home runs some 15 years ago was just a preview of what was in store for Brady McDowell’s life.

    The Brownstown senior hasn’t stopped hustling since, and now pays tribute to his late grandpa, Dale McDowell, every time he cranks one out of the park.

    There was always a wiffle ball in a vase at grandpa’s house, McDowell remembered, but little did he know that the make-believe games from his childhood would become his reality.

  • Earnest appears on national TV for bowling finals

    Vandalia native Josie Earnest appeared on national TV on Tuesday, after making the finals of the United States Bowling Congress Queens Tournament.

    Earnest, a No. 16 seed in the Texas-based tournament, was matched against (4) Liz Johnson, an 11-time Women's Professional Bowling Association winner, in the first-round of the TV finals on Tuesday.

    In that match, Earnest, who was making her first appearance in the Queens Tournament, lost despite rolling a 223. Johnson had a 268, the second highest game of the night.

  • Track teams both have pair of good showings

    GREENVILLE – Battling harsh weather conditions last Friday, both Vandalia High School track teams placed third at the Comet Relays.

    Despite temperatures in the 40s, blustery winds and pockets of drizzle, all of Vandalia’s athletes were there to compete, and several of them were rewarded with personal-best times.

    Junior Austyn Krueger had two of them, running her leg of the 4X800-meter relay in 2:43 and her leg of the 4X400-meter relay in 1:08.