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  • Emmily Leidner's Relay for Life speech

    Emmily Leidner, age 9, was the guest speaker during the luminaria ceremony at the Mini-Relay for Life on Friday evening in Rogier Park in Vandalia.

  • Finishing the Relay

    A Mini-Relay for Life was held on Friday evening to finish this year's event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

    This year's Relay for Life in June was shortened by heavy rains. Friday night's activities in Rogier Park in Vandalia included the annual luminary walk honoring those who have lost their battle against cancer as well as cancer survivors.
     

  • City plans to hire administrator

    About 4½ years after its city administrator left to take another job, the city of Vandalia has decided to again try to fill that position.

  • City to hire administrator/economic development director

    The Vandalia City Council voted on Monday to proceed with the hiring of a city administrator/economic development director.

    More on the story in this week's issue.

  • ID theft, scams workshop Tuesday in Ramsey

    CHICAGO – The Office of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka will present an ‘Identity Theft, Frauds, and Scams’ workshop in Ramsey on Tuesday, July 22 to assist residents in learning the proactive and reactive steps to take when dealing with identity theft.
     

  • Schools get state money on time

    In contrast to the past several years, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday received good news on the financial front.
    Superintendent Rich Well told the board that the state made its fourth quarterly categorical payment to the district before the end of the fiscal year on June 30.
    That on-time payment leaves the district with an unanticipated windfall of $400,000 in state funding. In recent years, the state had delayed that final payment until mid-July, which means it had to be applied to the next fiscal year’s revenues.

  • Resident wants fair sign law enforcement

    “Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs …”
    Those lyrics from a 1970s song are similar to a message delivered to the Vandalia City Council by a resident who alleged selective enforcement of the city’s sign ordinances.
    Dave Hill asked city officials for fair and consistent enforcement of sign laws after being asked to take down signs he posted.

  • Meth maker gets 12-year sentence

    Just one month after being charged with several methamphetamine offenses, a rural Vandalia man has accepted a 12-year sentence.
    Charles L. Nelson, 60, accepted the lengthy prison term in pleading guilty to a charge of possessing 900 grams or more of a substance containing methamphetamine.
    As a result of the plea bargain with the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison, four other charges were dismissed.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 17

    ✔ 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.

  • The Days of Lincoln