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  • Hiring officer gives VPD full-time investigator

    Hiring another officer “isn’t just to create another patrolman,” Police Chief Jeff Ray told Vandalia aldermen on Monday.
    Instead, the hiring of that officer would allow the department to have a full-time investigator, Ray said.
    At the recommendation of its personnel, finance and insurance committee, the city council voted to authorize the city’s police and fire commissioners to hire an officer.

  • There's a lot going on this Saturday

    How many times have you heard someone say, "There's never anything going on in Vandalia." Well, that's definitely not true this Saturday.
    Saturday's schedule includes a slate full of activities, with the 45th annual Grande Levée topping that list. That popular event includes, as always, a ham and beans dinner with music on Friday evening, and period crafts, food and music throughout the day on Saturday.

  • Fourth fuNFest is this Saturday

    The fourth annual Jordan fuNFest is being held this Saturday at Gatch Lake from noon-6 p.m.
    The event is being held to raise funds for the fight against neurofibromatosis, a highly variable, complicated and progressive genetic disorder that can cause tumors to grow anywhere in the body at any time.
    Jordan Walk, daughter of Brian and Amanda Walk, was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis in March 2010.
    She has an optic nerve glioma (a tumor directly behind the eye). It is currently stable and has been for four years, and is closely monitored through eye exams.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 2

    ✔ 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.
    Friday, October 3

  • Weekend is full of activities

    The Vandalia area will be full of activities this Saturday, with the main event being the annual period celebration at Illinois’ oldest existing capitol.
    In addition to the the 45th annual Grande Levée, the Saturday activities include the annual Harvest Festival in downtown Vandalia, as well as the Happy Hollow Farms Fall Festival south of St. Elmo and the annual Jordan fuNFest at Gatch Lake.
    The Grande Levée actually kicks off on Friday evening, with the old-fashioned ham and beans dinner getting under way at 5 p.m.

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  • Problem-solving court

    Success in one area of a “problem-solving criminal court” in this part of the Fourth Judicial Circuit has led to the addition to two more areas, and Fayette County is among the latest to be a part of that latest addition.
    Fayette, Clay and Jasper counties joined Effingham and Christian counties two weeks ago in the mental health and veterans aspect of the “problem-solving court” operated in Effingham County.

  • St. Elmo child found 75 minutes after reported missing

    OnSept. 25 at approximately 9:14 a.m., a report of a missing juvenile was takenby the St. Elmo Police Department.

    Uponarrival a brief search was conducted but the child was not located. Officers then contacted the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office for further assistance. Immediately, St. Elmo Fire Department and First Responders were dispatched to the scene. The child was described as an 8-year-old white male.

  • Smith holds first law enforcement session

    Seeing that he has no opposition in November, it’s a given that Chris Smith will be Fayette County’s next sheriff.

  • It took some guts

    As she worked to help organize an event that would raise funds for Brownstown’s VFW post, Robyn Pontious really had no idea how well the event would be received.