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Today's News

  • Library's summer reading program under way

    Evans Public Library and McDonald’s in Vandalia are inviting local youth to sign up for this year’s summer reading program, “It’s Showtime at Your Library.”
    The program is open to children age 3 through newly graduated high school seniors.
    “It’s Showtime at Your Library” offers three reading programs – elementary, junior high and high school. Students will be placed in each program by the grade they will be entering this fall, and are asked to read books at their reading level.

  • New historical books are in

    The historical books published as a part of Vandalia’s 200th birthday celebration are now available.
    City Administrator LaTisha Paslay announced at Monday’s city council meeting that copies of “Vandalia’s Bicentennial 1819-2019” became available at the beginning of this week.

  • Legislature deals with graduated tax, abortion, legalized marijuana

    By Capitol News Illinois
    SPRINGFIELD – Minutes after the Senate put the final touches on first-term Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s sweeping legislative agenda on Sunday, the governor addressed media and delivered a message: “Illinois is back.”
    “Today, the people of Illinois can be proud that we are putting state government back on the side of working families,” Pritzker said at the news conference.
    “They can be proud that we are restoring fiscal responsibility after many years of crisis and deficits.”

  • Distracted drivers

    Special patrols conducted by Vandalia police officers in April show that many people are still using their phones while driving.
    The Vandalia Police Department was among law enforcement agencies conducting such patrols through a state grant during April, which was designated nationaly as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
    Jeff Ray, VPD chief, said that his department issued 182 citations, 177 during the day and five at night, in April.
    Figures from the state show that city officers issued close to two citations per hour when on the special patrols.

  • Airport damage

    Though he saw it happen, Chad Feldpouch was not sure whether sections of a hangar complex at Vandalia Airport were hit by straight-line winds or a small tornado last Wednesday evening.

  • FAYCO dropping recycling

    Vandalia residents who get their water from the city are gaining $12 a year but losing one of the two local recycling programs.
    In a letter sent to Mayor Rick Gottman late last week, Kim Taylor, executive director of FAYCO Enterpises, notified the city that the sheltered workshop is ceasing its recycling operation this summer.
    That means that FAYCO does not wish to extend the two-year contract with the city that expires at the end of July.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    “Pete,” the Missouri Dog ...
    … is visiting us for a few days, so, although I have an extra news item this week, first, in keeping with my regular, “Breaking News,” my dog, “Ellie Rose,” continues to amaze us.

  • South Central FFA Members Assist with Flags
  • Remembering those who gave their all
  • Best of Class