Today's News

  • Two arrested for bank robbery

    A Springfield man is being held by federal authorities and a Springfield woman remains in Fayette County Jail after the couple was arrested for robbing First National Bank in Ramsey last Friday.

    Fayette County States Attorney Stephen Friedel charged James Echols, 32, and Annette F. Michael-Jefferson, 45, with aggravated robbery after the two were apprehended a short time after allegedly taking money from the bank.

  • Two arrested after Ramsey bank robbery

    Two Springfield residents were arrested on charges of aggravated robbery for their alleged part in a robbery of First National Bank in Ramsey.

    In a press release issued Friday evening, Sheriff Aaron Lay said that Jason Echols, 32, and Annette F. Michael Jefferson, 45, were arrested on the robbery charges.

    Lay said his department, along with the Ramsey Police Department, responded at 11:45 a.m. on Friday to a report of a robbery at the bank.

    Assisting those agencies in handling the incident were the Illinois State Police and Pana Police Department.

  • Orders taken for 2008 Vandalois

    The Vandalia Community High School yearbook staff is now accepting orders for the 2008 Vandalois yearbook.

    The cost is $42, or $47 with a name engraved on the cover.

    To place an order, stop by the high school office. For more information, contact Vandalois adviser Amy Vieregge at 283-5155 or by e-mail at avieregg@fayette.k12.il.us.

  • News Briefs

    Toys for Tots drive under way

    With the start of the Christmas season just around the corner, the Vandalia business that operates the Toys for Tots program each year is beginning to collect donations.

    Arthur Young Inc., located at 122 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia, is accepting donations of new or like-new toys and other items for children.

    Donations that are received through the program are turned over to Fayette County Caring and Sharing and included in Christmas baskets for needy families in the county.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, November 15

    • Soroptimist International will meet at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.

    • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Faytte County Hospital. All presenting donors will receive a St. Louis Rams T-shirt.

    • TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Tami Washburn at 283-4664.

    • Al-Anon will meet at 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church on Fillmore Street in Vandalia.

  • VJHS 8th-grade girls solid all-around against Lady Rockets

    With just one regular-season game remaining, the VJHS eighth-grade girls basketball team has to be feeling upbeat as the postseaon quickly approaches.

    Especially after a 31-9 victory at Ramsey Monday night.

    The Lady Junior Vandals (8-8) did several things well in moving back to the .500 mark.

    In the first half, Vandalia's passing stood out, as the Lady Junior Vandals had assists on seven of their 10 baskets.

    In the second half, the Lady Vandals dominated the boards, outrebounding Ramsey 21-11.

  • Defense, rebounding key VJHS 7th-grade boys' win

    For the most part, the Vandalia seventh-grade boys basketball team's shots just weren't falling Thursday night against Ramsey.

    But thanks to the Junior Vandals' dominating defense and ownership of the offensive glass, it didn't matter.

    The Junior Vandals cruised to a 29-11 victory, as 10 offensive boards in the first eight minutes helped them jump out to an 11-1 lead and suffocating defense throughout kept Ramsey from entertaining serious thoughts of a comeback.

  • VJHS 8th-grade boys bring 'A' game in victory over Ramsey

    Maybe the Junior Vandals were enjoying the carryover affect from their thrilling double-overtime victory at Hillsboro two nights before.

    Maybe the VJHS eighth-grade boys basketball team was just stoked to be playing its first home game of the year.

    Whatever the source of inspiration was, the Junior Vandals came to play Thursday night. And Ramsey had the misfortune of running into a team firing on all cylinders, as Vandalia rolled to a 49-11 win.

  • Enjoy 'Olde Tyme Christmas' Friday

    Are you ready for the Christmas season? Well, ready or not, it's here.

    This Friday, the season kicks off in Vandalia with Vandalia Main Street's Olde Tyme Christmas celebration. It's one of the biggest promotions of the year.

  • The Way We Were

    10 Years Ago

    1997 The Vandalia Historical Society was to hold a ceremony to recognize Mary Burtschi for her donation of the Little Brick House to the society.

    The Vandalia Jaycees were still looking for a place to hold their haunted house.

    Travis Blain rushed for 294 yards against Pana, but the Vandals lost, 21-14, in an overtime contest.

    Mr. and Mrs. David Hill of Vandalia were celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary, and Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Hollman of St. Peter were marking their 50th anniversary.