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  • Council agrees to purchase fuel under contract

    The city of Vandalia will, for the first time, purchase fuel for city vehicles under contract, but the startup date for that contract has yet to be determined.
    Two weeks after South Central FS offered to sell gas and diesel to the city under contract, aldermen voted to accept that offer, but to let Mayor Rick Gottman decide when that practice will start.

  • Sheriff tells Fayette County Board about his aging fleet of vehicles with problems

    Fayette County’s sheriff told members of the county board on Tuesday that he is hoping to work with them on replacing a number of aging vehicles with high mileage in his fleet.

  • National Bank Donates to Cancer Fund
  • Jury trial ends with two convictions, one acquittal

    A Fayette County jury deliberated less than 30 minutes in finding a Shelbyville man guilty on two charges and acquitting him on a third.
    In a one-day jury trial on Monday, Richard L. Gordon, 46, was found guilty of obstruction of justice as well as a lesser-included charge of obstructing identification that was given to the jury before deliberations got under way.
    Gordon was found not guilty of possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • MG man in custody after 5-hour standoff

    A Mulberry Grove man wanted on battery charges for an incident in rural Fayette County was taken into custody late Sunday evening after a five-hour standoff with four law enforcement agencies.
    Randy J. Bone, 33, made his first appearance in court on Monday, with Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor ruling that there was sufficient evidence to charge Bone with aggravated battery/use of a deadly weapon and domestic battery with bodily harm.

  • Painting Our Downtown

    A group of Vandalia residents wanting to spruce up the downtown area with some professional paintings is moving toward that goal.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, August 25

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Wall Dogs Mural Committee meets at 6 p.m. at the National Road Interpretive Center, 105 S. Fifth St., Vandalia. The public is invited.

    Friday, August 26

  • CEFS seeking food pantry more volunteers, donors

    Hunger is an issue in every community in America – one in seven people, including 15 million children, are food insecure.
    Supporting hunger relief by volunteering or gifting cash will help families, children and seniors in need, including the 16.4 percent of Fayette County who live below poverty level.
    This is an “opportunity for everyone to help make their communities better,” Diana Aviv, CEO at Feeding America, said.

  • CEFS begins taking applications for LIHEAP assistance on Sept. 1

    The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corp. will begin accepting applications for the 2017 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the Percentage of Income Payment Plan on Thursday, Sept. 1.
    This is the first day that appointments can be made for the program. Appointments can be made by contacting the local C.E.F.S. County Outreach office on Gallatin Street in Vandalia.
    September and October are priority months, reserved for those households that have either a member age 60 and above or are disabled.

  • School registration termed 'seamless'

    The Vandalia School District’s practice in recent years of holding student registration at one centralized location in recent years has continually improved, Superintendent Rich Well told the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday.
    So much so, Well said, that the district plans to continue the practice next year, reducing the number of registration days from two to one.
    Well said that this year’s registration, held at Vandalia Junior High School, “was seamless.