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Today's News

  • How Now, Brown Cow
  • Talking recycling

    One month after the city was notified that it would be losing one of two recycling programs, it is holding a special meeting to discuss the recycling issue.
    The Vandalia City Council’s cemetery and landfill committee meeting will meet at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, July 29, at city hall to discuss the closure of FAYCO Enterprises’ decision to discontinue its recycling service.

  • Bright ruled fit to stand trial

    A Mulberry Grove man charged with the murder of a rural Brownstown man in September 2017 has been deemed mentally fit to stand trial.

  • Couple charged with locking up youth

    A Vandalia couple has been charged with unlawful restraint and endangering the life or health of a child.

  • Shipping container ordinance OK'd

    A Vandalia couple’s plan for the expansion of their business with the use of a shipping container has led to the creation of a new city ordinance.
    Vandalia’s mayor said that plan might be something that other communities follow, and that it could possibly result in some local manufacturing.
    Kyle Barker told the Vandalia Planning Commission last Thursday the plan that he and his wife, Sheeba, would like to create from a shipping container a structure for their business, Shimoji Coffee.

  • Online registration for Vandalia students under way

    Online registration for Vandalia School District students began on Wednesday morning, and school officials estimate that more than two-thirds of the students will be registered that way.
    Online registration for Vandalia students is available through www.teacherease.com.
    Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jennifer Garrison said at Tuesday’s meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education that district officials feel that 75-80 percent of students will be registered online for the 2019-20 school year.

  • VCHS students, parents to work on improvement projects

    A member of the Vandalia Board of Education announced on Tuesday the plan to have some high school athletes and parents working together to “spruce up” school facilities.
    Joe Schaal said that he and other new members were interested in serving on the school board with the idea of “developing more pride in the school(s), stuff we could do to improve them.”
    He said that he discovered that Jason Clay, the high school head football coach, “had the same idea.”

  • USDA extends deadline for crop acreage reports to July 22

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is extending the deadline to file crop acreage reports for agricultural producers in Illinois impacted by flooding and heavy moisture.
    The new July 22 deadline applies to reporting spring-seeded crops to USDA’s Farm Service Agency county offices and federal crop insurance agents.
    “Agriculture operations throughout the state have been hit hard by heavy rains and flooding that have affected their operations,” said William Graff, FSA state executive director in Illinois.

  • Sept. 1 now the final harvest date for cover crops

    By Kate Hansen,
    policy assistant,
    Center for Rural Affairs
    In a win for both farmers and conservation efforts, this year’s cover crops final harvest date has been shifted to Sept. 1. This new date applies to silage, haylage, and baleage in addition to haying and grazing.
    The announcement comes after members of Congress took action to defend farmers planting cover crops on prevented plant acres.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 18

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia invites all local women to its July program meeting at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse. To RSVP, contact Janice Hejl, janice.hejl@gmail.com or 322-6538.
    ✔ The Grant Sefton food truck will be at Charters Patio from 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

    Friday, July 19