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Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These siblings, pictured nearly 44 years ago, are from the St. Elmo area.

  • Flooding shows need for fixes

    Once again, weather patterns have stacked up to bring significant precipitation to Fayette County.
    And once again, that precipitation has produced widespread flooding. Local streams, as well as the Kaskaskia River, were well out of their banks over the weekend – with the Kaskaskia rising to near-record levels.

  • Ramsey bank note dates back to 1929

    Several years ago, my friend, Roger Boye, a professor at Northwestern University in Evanston mailed me a $20 bill.
    Although it looked like a Federal Reserve note, it wasn’t. Nor was it a Silver Certificate.  The words "National Currency" appeared at the top, with the much-recognized portrait of Andrew Jackson centered on the face of the bill.

  • News Briefs

    Bank holding Relay cookout, bake sale

    National Bank in Vandalia will hold a cookout this Friday to benefit Fayette County Relay for Life.
    The cookout at the bank, which is located at 520 W. Gochenour St., will run from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sack lunches are $6, and an extra sandwich may be added for $1. The lunch includes a choice of porkburger or hot dog, chips and a soda.
    The bank is also holding a bake sale indoors.

    Bell employees reunion is May 6

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 25

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers Association will hold its final meeting for this school year at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. The fall meetings will begin on Aug. 22.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Friday, April 26

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 25

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers Association will hold its final meeting for this school year at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. The fall meetings will begin on Aug. 22.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Friday, April 26

  • 'Kenzie's Christmas Wish' helps underprivileged

    Lorene Hoffman Brown was born on a Vandalia farm 94 years ago, “right across from where I live now,” she said, referring to the Hoffman land that was designated a Centennial Farm a few years ago.

  • Heavy Rains, Heavy Flooding

    Large amounts of rain in a short period of time late last week caused what was probably the worst flooding in the area since 2004, when water over U.S. Route 51 south of Vandalia caused the highway to be closed for several days.

    The photo above shows flooding in the area of Fourth and Jefferson streets.

  • More talks on river intake

    Well into a meeting held to discuss possible solutions for Vandalia’s river intake, a representative of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it’s not their role to come up with a remedy.
    But, he did tell city officials whom they could turn to as they try to come up with a way to make the intake usable for more than one-sixth of a year.
    Chuck Frerker, Bob Wilkins and Doug Wasmuth of the Corps of Engineers met with city officials after Mayor Ricky Gottman contacted U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), and Shimkus contacted the federal agency.

  • Streetscape work to begin

    More streetscape work in downtown Vandalia could get under way this week.
    And it could be completed by the end of July.