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  • YMCA Health Kids Day
  • Three former students now teachers

    Three former students of the Vandalia School District will be returning to classrooms next fall, this time as teachers.
    The Vandalia School Board voted last week to hire Katie Vieregge as the Title I math teacher at Vandalia Junior High School, Laura Hobbie as a science teacher at the junior high and Joe Kelly as a math teacher at VJHS.
    Also hired were Rachel Miller, for language arts at the high school, and Eric Lux, as a special education teacher at VCHS.

  • F&F of FCH holds fundraiser

    By Charlene Jett
    Oh, what a night – “A Night at the Tropicana” featuring the ”Babalou Band” at the Vandalia Country Club, presented by Friends and Families of Fayette County Hospital & Long Term Care. This fundraising event   was full of amusing characters, drama and laughter.

  • Former VCHS teacher, coach, administrator dies

    Former Vandalia Community High School teacher, coach and administrator Vito “Vic” Provinzano died on Thurday, April 23, at his home in Mattoon.

    Services were held at 10 a.m. on Monday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mattoon. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Mattoon. Hall Funeral Chapel in Effingham was in charge of arragements; online condolences may be expressed at www.hallfuneralchapel.com.

    Mr. Provinzano survivors include his wife of 68 years, Lucille; and three daughters.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 23

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse. All retired teachers in Fayette County are invited.
    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group should call Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.

  • Stewart pleads not guilty to attempted murder

    A Vandalia man who is charged with attempted first-degree murder has pleaded not guilty to that charge and other felony charges alleging the firing of a shotgun.
    But his request for the lowering of his bond was put on hold.
    Travis E. Stewart, 38, waived his right to a preliminary hearing as he made his first appearance in court with his attorney, Alan Pretnar of Taylor Springs, last Wednesday afternoon.
    During a preliminary hearing, a judge decides whether an individual will be held over for trial after hearing evidence presented by prosecutors.

  • Strong opposition to alcohol in parks

    Almost 70 people attended a public hearing on a request to allow alcohol in Vandalia parks for certain events, and almost all of them voiced strong opposition to the idea.
    Vandalia Park District commissioners held the hearing in the Vandalia Elementary School Little Theater last Thursday to get public comments after they were approached about allowing alcohol at adult softball tournaments.
    That request was the latest of several such requests, including ones for special events like military re-enactments, commissioners said at their March meeting.

  • County OKs resolution related to right to work

    Four days after the Fayette County Board passed a non-binding resolution tied to the right to work issue, the Vandalia City Council tabled a similar resolution.
    With a crowd that included about 50 local union members, the council voted 7-1 to table a resolution “in support of the ‘Turnaround Agenda’ for local government empowerment and reform.”

  • Main Street one-way for one block, three turns eliminated

    After more than two months of discussions, the Vandalia City Council has approved an agreement for several traffic flow changes designed to improve safety at two of the city’s downtown rail crossings.
    The council OK’d on Monday an agreement presented by the Illinois Commerce Commission following negotiations between the two parties after the ICC first submitted wide-sweeping changes at the Fifth and Sixth street crossings at the end of January.

  • Lincoln Forum (Video)