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Today's News

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, November 18

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon at Days Inn.
    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department will hold a family flu shot clinic from 2:45-3:45 p.m. at the FCHD office, 509 W. Edwards St., Vandalia. Appointments are required; call 283-1044.

  • Veterans Day Program

    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia held a Veterans Day program last Thursday at the Legion Home.

  • Location of Vosholler services changed

    The location for services for Tamara Vosholler, 16, of rural Vernon, has been changed.

    Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at First Baptist Church in Patoka, with the Rev. David Rogers officiating. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday at Day Funeral Home in Patoka. Memorials: Vandalia Community High School wrestling team. Online condolences may be made at www.dayfuneralhomes.com.

  • Depot burns early Thursday

    For the second time in a little more than three years, The Depot Restaurant was destroyed by fire.

    Vandalia firefighters were called to The Depot, located at 107 S. Sixth St. in Vandalia, at about 1:45 a.m. Thursday morning after Dennis Grubaugh smelled smoke and noticed that the building was on fire.

    Upon their arrival at the scene, firefighters saw heavy smoke pouring from the eaves on numerous sides of the building. The fire broke through the roof within 30 minutes.

    Brownstown and Ramsey firefighters were called to provide mutual aid assistance.

  • Ben Forbis part of team for church addition

    “Many hands make light work” is an old adage that, according to Ben Forbis, chairman of the Emmanual Methodist Church Board, is true … to some extent.
    As the poem that accompanies this story indicates, the church stands on the prairie land in Sefton, north of Brownstown, as it has for over a century.
    In these days of extravagant, beautiful and ornate buildings, part of the charm of the Emmanuel Church in its country setting is the refreshing simplicity, which it has retained all these many years.

  • School board supports putting new 1% tax before voters

    Following the lead of the three other school districts in the county, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday voted 6-1 in favor of allowing voters to decide whether to approve a countywide 1 percent retail sales tax that would benefit the school districts.
    The lone dissenting vote came from Jay Smith.

  • VJHS, RJHS split boys games

    The Vandalia Junior High boys basketball teams split with Ramsey on Friday night, with the seventh-graders defeating the Rams, 35-19, and the eighth-graders losing, 21-18.

    Seventh-Grade Scoring
    Vandalia – Garrett Grimsley, 17; Enrique Jenner, 4; Eli Bowen, 4; Dillon Beck, 2; Brandon Gelsinger, 2; Kasey Jones, 2; Alex Kleinik, 2; Chaston Womack, 2.
    Ramsey – Brady Black, 7; Brady Reiss, 6; Nick Seaton, 4; Derek Nelson, 2.

  • City tax hike hearing is Monday at 5 p.m.

    Vandalia officials will explain at a meeting next Monday evening their plan to increase three of the city’s tax rates.
    The Vandalia City Council will hold, as required by state law, a Truth in Taxation hearing because the total on the city’s proposed property tax levy is more than 5 percent higher than the last property tax extension.

  • Classic Bass Fishing Tournament (Oct. 23-24)

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club held a Classic Bass Fishing Tournament on Vandalia Lake on Oct. 23 and 24. The winners were: Mike Grejtak, first place, with 16.62 pounds; Travis Gould, second place, with 13.17 pounds; and Lonnie Gerdes, third place, with 13.11 pounds. The first-day big bass winner was Owens Karnes Jr. with a 3.90-pound catch, and the second-day winner was Ronnie Higgs with a 6.39-pound catch. Fifteen boats entered the tournament, which lasted for eight hours each day. The club will begin its 2011 tournament schedule on April 9.

  • Meeting on Route 51 path is Tuesday

    Local residents will be able next Tuesday evening to view the latest proposals for the four-lane path of U.S. Route 51 through the Vandalia area, and to offer their comments on those proposals.
    A public information meeting on the potential Route 51 alignments at Vandalia will be held from 3-7 p.m. at Mother of Dolors Parish Center, 705 W. St. Clair St. in Vandalia.