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By The Staff

Taylor re-elected chief of VVFD
Ed Taylor Jr. was re-elected chief of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department at the department's annual meeting last month.

Taylor, who is in his 34th year on the department, was elected chief last year following the retirement of Merle Adermann.
Also re-elected at the annual meeting were: Keith Meadows, first assistant chief; Steve Stombaugh, second assistant chief; Mark Miller, secretary; Michael Brown, assistant secretary; Ty McNary, treasurer; and Mark Burnam, assistant treasurer.
The annual secretary report filed by Miller showed that the department handled 96 calls in 2012, broken down as follows: structure fires, 28; brush/grass fires, 24; rescue calls, five; vehicle fires, 16; and alarms, 23.
The department's manhours for those calls totaled 799.54.
The department's training hours in 2012 totaled 2,148.
Those retiring since the 2012 annual meeting included Randy Siebert, Rich Bauer, Jeff Burnam, Matt Sasse and Nick Otto.
Joining the department were Tyler Montgomery, Phillip Matar, Ryan Tate, Zach Kopp and Tyler Westendorf.


AARP offers driver safety course
AARP will offer a Driver Safety Program next Monday and Tuesday at the Senior Citizens Center, located at 616 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.
The classes will run from 1:30-5:30 p.m. each day. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members.
Everyone who completes the course will get a certificate to turn in to his or her insurance company to receive a discount on their auto liability insurance.
The course is open to the first 25 people (age 50 and older) who register; to register, call 283-3670 (instructor Louis Frick) or 283-1040.
Refreshments will be provided by First National Bank of Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka, Greenville and Mulberry Grove.

Second Vandalia Idol audition Saturday
The second audition for the Vandalia Idol competition held by Soroptimist International will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.
The public is invited to attend. Admission is $3 per person.
The Vandalia Idol finale will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, at First Baptist Church.