Today's News

  • Remembering the heroes of the early 1800s

    Mayor Ricky Gottman recently declared Monday, June 18, as a day that Vandalia will commemorate to remember the men who served in the War of 1812.
    The War of 1812 was actually a continuation of the Revolutionary War fought some 40 years earlier.
    Although America won the day in 1776, the British weren’t done, and organized with the Indians in Canada to keep the fire against the Americans burning.
    In Illinois, Territorial Gov. Ninian Edwards was charged with protecting the settlers throughout the territory.

  • Volunteers needed for our Statehouse

    We all know the value of the Vandalia Statehouse to our community, both for its historic value and the substantial money it brings in for local businesses that serve tourists.
    Over the years, a vital part of the operations at the state's oldest existing capitol has been the local volunteers.
    Those volunteers have, in the past, been most visible at Statehouse events, such as the Grande Levée, Christmas Open House and Lincoln's Birthday observance.
    The volunteers are part of the Friends of the Old State Capitol.

  • Thompson story included in book

    Virginia “Ginny” Wilbur recently received word that her sister, Alice (Fisher) Thompson had been honored for one of her short stories.

  • Marriage Licenses

    Clint Jeffrey Eller
    Christina Lee Hunt
    Zachary Brian Zimerman
    Kristi Lee Goodin
    Nathan Lee Willis
    Amanda Jo Hollowell
    Brian Jay Wodtka
    St. Peter
    Rhiannon Elizabeth Brasel
    Nathaniel Ryan Carroll
    Lauren Nichole Feezel
    Andrew Jacob Hortenstine
    Gloria Jean Moushon

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Harold R. Melton, 54, 223 N. First St., Apt. 4, Vandalia, was arrested on June 18 on charges of criminal trespass to land and resisting arrest. Bond was $1,000.
    • Ginger G. Sims, 42, Hutchinson, Kan., was arrested on June 18 on charges of criminal trespass to land and obstructing a peace officer. Bond was $1,000.
    • Michael L. Vangilder, 19, Greenville, was arrested on June 18 on a charge of retail theft. Bond was $1,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 21

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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, June 22

  • News Briefs

    First Midnight Madness is Friday

    The first Midnight Madness at the Vandalia Municipal Swimming Pool will be held from 6-11:30 p.m. this Friday.
    Admission is $6, and season passes will be honored.
    Parents are asked to pick up their children by 11:45 p.m.

    Swimming lesson registration ending

    Registration for swiming lessons at the Vandalia Municipal Swimming Pool will end this Friday.

    Tourist Center on summer schedule

  • City council to begin discussing officials' salaries

    With the next municipal election just 10 months away, it’s time for the Vandalia City Council to begin thinking about possible pay increases for themselves and other city officials.
    And, at the direction of Mayor Rick Gottman, that’s just what a council committee will do.
    At Monday’s council meeting, Gottman asked members of the personnel, finance and insurance committee to begin meeting to discuss the salaries of elected officials.
    But, actually, the council began talking about salaries after Gottman brought up the issue.

  • Statehouse soliciting volunteers

    An attempt to revitalize the support group for the Vandalia Statehouse will begin with an open house next Tuesday evening.
    That support group, formerly known as the Friends of the Old State Capitol Vandalia Inc., will now be known as the Friends of the Vandalia Statehouse.
    And while the name of the organization is being changed, it’s purpose will remain the same – providing needed volunteer support for the building that served as the state capitol from 1836-39.

  • Fun at the Circus

    Evans Public Library held a special circus program as part of its summer reading program on Tuesday, though it had to move the program inside due to the heat.

    In the first photo, Jayden Payne has some success at the bean bag toss. In the second photo, Emmalee Newsome watches as a rainbow is painted on her face. In the third photo, 2-year-old Brody Emerick tries the ring toss game during the circus program at Evans Public Library on Tuesday morning.