Today's News

  • FSA accepts 3.9 million acres for CRP

    Scherrie V. Giamanco, USDA Illinois Farm Service Agency (FSA) executive director, announced last week that 2,276 CRP offers – which include 52,190 acres – were accepted during the 43rd Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup.  
    Nationwide, USDA accepted enrollment of 3.9 million acres, bringing the total program enrollment to 29.6 million acres.
    “For more than 25 years, CRP has protected natural resources in Illinois while providing economic and environmental benefits to rural communities throughout the state,” Giamanco said.

  • Not enough rain to really help crops

    Illinois Department
    of Agriculture

    Much of the state finally saw some rain this week, but not enough to significantly alter crop conditions.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two local women graduated from Miss Hickey's School for Secretaries in 1953.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Glenn Poshard, the Democratic candidate for Illinois governor, visited Vandalia.
    In his weekly column, Charles W. Mills wrote about Charles Lindbergh's flight over the Atlantic and his frequent visits to the airport in St. Elmo.
    Counselors at Vandalia Community High School and Vandalia Chamber of Commerce officials joined together for a job shadowing program for high school students.

  • Remembering the heroes of the early 1800s

    Mayor Ricky Gottman recently declared Monday, June 18, as a day that Vandalia will commemorate to remember the men who served in the War of 1812.
    The War of 1812 was actually a continuation of the Revolutionary War fought some 40 years earlier.
    Although America won the day in 1776, the British weren’t done, and organized with the Indians in Canada to keep the fire against the Americans burning.
    In Illinois, Territorial Gov. Ninian Edwards was charged with protecting the settlers throughout the territory.

  • Volunteers needed for our Statehouse

    We all know the value of the Vandalia Statehouse to our community, both for its historic value and the substantial money it brings in for local businesses that serve tourists.
    Over the years, a vital part of the operations at the state's oldest existing capitol has been the local volunteers.
    Those volunteers have, in the past, been most visible at Statehouse events, such as the Grande Levée, Christmas Open House and Lincoln's Birthday observance.
    The volunteers are part of the Friends of the Old State Capitol.

  • Thompson story included in book

    Virginia “Ginny” Wilbur recently received word that her sister, Alice (Fisher) Thompson had been honored for one of her short stories.

  • Marriage Licenses

    Clint Jeffrey Eller
    Christina Lee Hunt
    Zachary Brian Zimerman
    Kristi Lee Goodin
    Nathan Lee Willis
    Amanda Jo Hollowell
    Brian Jay Wodtka
    St. Peter
    Rhiannon Elizabeth Brasel
    Nathaniel Ryan Carroll
    Lauren Nichole Feezel
    Andrew Jacob Hortenstine
    Gloria Jean Moushon

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Harold R. Melton, 54, 223 N. First St., Apt. 4, Vandalia, was arrested on June 18 on charges of criminal trespass to land and resisting arrest. Bond was $1,000.
    • Ginger G. Sims, 42, Hutchinson, Kan., was arrested on June 18 on charges of criminal trespass to land and obstructing a peace officer. Bond was $1,000.
    • Michael L. Vangilder, 19, Greenville, was arrested on June 18 on a charge of retail theft. Bond was $1,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 21

    ✔ 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.
    Friday, June 22