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  • Three dead after train-vehicle accident

    Three people were killed and two seriously injured as a result of a train-vehicle accident at the Sixth Street crossing just before 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday).

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said two of the people who were fatally injuried were in the vehicle hit by the train. Bowen said the vehicle was between the downed crossing gates as the train approached.

    The third fatality was a pedestrian who was on the sidewalk on the east side of Sixth Street as the accident occurred, Bowen said.

  • Full slate of Halloween activities on Friday

    • The Vandalia Swimming Pool staff will offer “Nightmare on Eighth Street,” a haunted house in the former Washington School on Eighth Street, on Thursday after the parade, until 10:30 p.m., and on Friday from 8-11 p.m.
    Admission is $6, with all proceeds going toward the swimming pool renovation project.
    • The city of Vandalia will allow trick-or-treating from 6-8 p.m.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 30

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ 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.

  • Lions' parade kicks off Halloween week

    Halloween kicks off in grand style this Thursday night when the Vandalia Lions Club holds its 71st annual Halloween parade.
    The parade begins at 7 p.m. at Seventh and Gallatin streets, and travels east on Gallatin to Third Street.
    Participant lineup and registration begins at 5 p.m. in the area of the former Washington School on Eighth Street.
    Local businesses are again joining with the Lions in sponsoring the parade, offering eight prizes in the float competition and four prizes in the walking group competition.

  • School audit: 'Much improvement'

    The presentation on the Vandalia School District’s audit from the past fiscal year was not what Superintendent Rich Well expected.
    Robin Yockey of the Shelbyville firm that performed that district audit told Well and members of the school board last week that the audit shows “much improvement” over the previous year.
    “The biggest thing is that expenditures were down by $793,000, and the fund balances increased as a result of that,” said Yockey, of the Mose, Yockey, Brown and Kull firm.

  • Downtown Trick or Treat is Saturday
  • Man allegedly threw rock at a van, not his house

    A Vandalia man charged last week with causing injuries to a 1-year-old child allegedly did so by throwing a rock at a van, not a house.
    It was incorrectly stated in last week’s issue that felony charges filed against Robert A.C. Stombaugh, 29, alleged that he threw a rock through a window at a home in the 300 block of South Fourth Street.
    A Vandalia Police report states that police were called to the house for a report of a dispute.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 23

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Evans Public Library will host PACK from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to read to DarnFar Ranch's specially trained therapy dogs. Registration is required; to register, call the library at 283-2824 or stop by the library.

  • Moyer stepping down in January

    Vandalia’s director of public works will be retiring at the start of next year.

  • Walking to support & prevent

    They walk to remember loved ones. But they also walk with hopes that others won’t be joining them in the future.