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Local News

  • Regional Board of School Trustees Public Hearing Canceled

    Public Hearing Canceled – The June 4 public hearing of the Regional Board of School Trustees scheduled to be held at the ROE #3 Professional Development Center has been canceled.  

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 31

    ✔ The summer reading program at Evans Public Library, "Reading Takes You Everywhere," begins. Children age 3 through recently graduated high school seniors can sign up to win prizes for books read all summer.
    ✔ Willms and Associates is holding a retirement party with light refreshments for 54-year employee Carol Severns from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at its office at 411 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia.

  • Evans Library’s summer program begins

    Evans Public Library in Vandalia is inviting local youth to participate in its summer reading program, “Reading Takes You Everywhere.”
    Co-sponsored by McDonald’s, the reading program begins this Friday.
    “Reading Takes You Everywhere” offers two reading programs, one for children age three through sixth grade and one for students in junior high through recently graduated high school seniors. Students in grades 4-6 may choose either program.

  • Honoring our fallen soldiers

    “We are here today because of the veterans who did not come home,” Donnie Smail of Brownstown VFW Post 9770 said during Monday’s Memorial Day service at the Veterans’ Memorial Wall in Brownstown City Park.

  • Vandalia KC Center serving its purpose a decade later

    A little more than a decade ago, Kaskaskia College opened an education center in Vandalia, hoping to make it more convenient and less expensive for local residents wanting to continue their education to postsecondary level.

  • Calendar

    Friday, May 25

    ✔ The Vandalia Swimming Pool opens for the season at 5 p.m. More information is elsewhere in today's issue.
    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.
    ✔ South Central High School will hold commencement exercises at 7 p.m.

    Sunday, May 27

  • Farina man indicted in federal court on 'bath salts' charge

    A Farina man is one of three individuals indicted on federal “bath salts” charges.
    Brandon L. Hewkin, 28, was indicted along with Toby L. Depoister, 32, of Edgewood, and Crystal L. Behrens, 33, of Alma, on a count of distributing and possessing with the intent to distribute Alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone, also known as “bath salts.”

  • Vandalia Swimming Pool opens this Friday

    The Vandalia Swimming Pool opens for the season this Friday, weather permitting.
    The season will end on Labor Day, Sept. 3.
    Pool business hours are: Sunday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. (private parties are on Saturday evenings); and Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m.
    For the pool to be open on questionable weather days and/or nights, there must be at least 10 people present before 1:30 p.m. for the afternoon sessions and by 6:30 p.m. for evening sessions.

  • Cemetery Work Day
  • Garrison honored

    Two years after she was part of a leadership team of educators urging state legislators to pass a budget, Vandalia’s superintendent has been honored for that work.