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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.

  • Gordon, Meyer advance to state track & field finals

    Curtis Gordon advanced to the state finals in both the pole vault and 110-meter hurdles, and Ethan Meyer moved on to the state finals in the triple jump.

    Gordon was among the pole vaulters meeting the qualifying height of 13 feet, 6 inches, and he qualified in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.50 seconds.

    Meyer had the third-best jump, 42 feet, 10 1/4 inches, to advance to Saturday's finals.

  • Breast cancer program June 7

    A presentation on breast cancer awareness will be given by the Fayette County Health Department on Sunday, June 7, at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.
    The presentation and luncheon, from noon-2 p.m., are free and open to the public.
    Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP with the church by calling 283-1970 by Friday, June 5.
    For more information, contact Kelly Curll at the health department, 283-1044, ext. 1302.

  • Motorcycle Awareness Month

    Mayor Rick Gottman, right, has signed a proclamation declaring May as Motorcycle Awarenss Month in Vandalia. With Gottman are members of the Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE.

    The chapter has more than 300 members in Montgomery, Fayette and Bond counties. ABATE is a non-profit organization that supports lobbying for motorcycle and ATV rights in the state legislature, as well as providing educationl programs in driver education classes at local high schools.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 28

    ✔ 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's Homeschool Group will meet from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group can contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Using Facebook

    The use of social media could have been a factor in the Vandalia Police Department taking someone into custody a short time after receiving a report of vandalism.
    At 8:34 a.m. on Friday, police received a report of a 1978 Vandalia Park District truck parked at the district garage had been damaged.
    Police reported that the windshield of the truck had been cracked and that both taillights had been busted out.

  • Walk Across America
  • Memorial Day
  • An Eye in the Sky

    After his agency was among those called within eight days to search for three missing children, Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith believed it was time to move forward on something he had been thinking about.

  • Meyer advances to state finals; 2 Vandals, 3 Patoka entries advance to state

    Emma Meyer advanced to the state track and meet finals on Thursday, and her brother, Ethan Meyer, and Curtis Gordon advanced to the boys state track meet, also on Thursday.

    Patoka also earned four entries at the state meet next weekend in Charleston.

    Emma Meyer pole vaulted 10 feet to advance to the state finals on Friday at Eastern Illinois University.

    She had also advanced to the state track meet in the 100-meter run, but withdrew from her heat.