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  • Kids' cardboard show, races added to car show at lake

    The fifth annual car show at Vandalia Lake this weekend will include races, but cars and trucks in the show will not be used in those races.
    Instead, the races will have children competing against each other in cardboard cars that they have created.
    The Vandalia Lions Club is again sponsoring the show, which will be held on Saturday in the lake marina campgrounds.

  • Battling the Heat

    Isabella Walk, the daughter of Brian and Amanda Walk, wipes the sweat from her brow while riding in the Prairie Days Parade on Saturday.

    She was riding with her sister, Jordan. Their entry promoted this year's FuNFest, set for Oct. 4. Jordan is fighting neurofibromatosis, and the FuNFest raises money for the battle against that disease.

  • Lincoln here on Sept. 6r

    As he did as a young lawyer, traveling from circuit to circuit, Abraham Lincoln will be traversing through Central Illinois.
    And the Vandalia Statehouse will be one of Lincoln’s stops.
    The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency announced late last week that a Lincoln historic interpreter will visit state historic sites in Lerna, Bement and Vandalia next Saturday.
    The Statehouse is the final stop in his journey, with Lincoln scheduled to be at the state’s oldest existing capitol from 7-9 p.m.

  • A Path is Chosen

    After holding a number of public hearings and receiving comments from residents, the Illinois Department of Transportation has formed preferred alternatives for four lanes of U.S. Route 51 through this area.

  • Farm Bureau Donates to Foundation

    Stephanie Kraus, manager of the Fayette County Farm Bureau (second from left), presents Rachelle Hollinshead, county director with Fayette County Extension (second from right), with a $500 check for the Fayette County Extension Foundation.

    Also present for the photo were Robert Bellm, commercial agriculture extension educator at the Brownstown Agronomy Research Center (far left) and Jamie Washburn, local foods/small farms Extension educator.

  • IDOC releases information on power outage

     Power went out in the town of Vandalia and surrounding area at approximately 10:15-10:20 last night
    ·        Power at the prison was lost at approx. 10:20 and restored at 11:52 p.m.

  • St. Paul Lutheran celebrates 150th anniversary
  • Two sent to prison for DUI offenses

    Two area men were sentenced to prison last week after pleading guilty to felony charges of driving under the influence of alcohol.
    Judge J. Marc Kelly sentenced Terry R. Park, 49, of Salem, to four years in prison after Park pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence of prison, a Class 1 felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
    Kelly also sentenced Robert A. Ward, 41, of Vandalia, to three years in prison after Ward pleaded guilty to a Class 2 aggravated DUI charge punishable by up to seven years in prison.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 21

    ✔ 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 Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. at the Legion Home.

  • Last-minute school hirings approved

    Meeting on the first day of classes, the Vandalia Board of Education approved several last-minute coaching and employment assignments, and heard preliminary enrollment reports from building principals.