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  • Ongoing support for veterans urged

    Like many others, Robyn Pontious would like to see Americans thank and support their veterans more than once a year.

  • One last look at 4-lane Route 51

    While residents had a final opportunity on Monday to view the chosen path for four-lane U.S. Route 51 through Vandalia, it will likely be a long, long time before they see construction begin.

    “The Illinois Department of Transportation thought, ‘OK, we’ve selected these preferred alternatives, let’s just meet with the public one more time so they can see what’s there,” said Jerry Payonk of Clark Dietz Engineers, one of the consulting firms working with IDOT on the Route 51 expansion.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Nov. 13

    ✔ 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 Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Vandalia Lions Club Halloween Parade winners

    Bands
    Class A – First, Mascoutah High School; second, Teutopolis High School; and third, Greenville High School.
    Class B – First, Ramsey High School; second, Altamont High School; and third, Altamont Junior High.
    Best overall color guard/flags – Mascoutah.
    Best overall drum major/majorette – Ramsey High School.
    Floats
    • First, Ponderosa, KFC/Taco Bell, Ramada Inn Award – Bright Beginnings Preschool/Childcare, $300.

  • Vendors accepted for wedding show

    The first annual Central Illinois Wedding Show will be held on Sunday, Jan. 4, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at two locations: Carriage House Event Center in Altamont, owned and operated by Janet Ramsey, and Summer Breeze Wine House and Barn Venue in St. James, owned and operated by Tammy Lash.
    Each venue, in years past, has had its own successful wedding show. This year, Lash approached Ramsey with this idea to combine shows by having the bride attend both venues.

  • Briefs

    County board meets next Thursday

    Due to the observance of Veterans Day on Tuesday, the Fayette County Board will meet next Thursday evening.
    The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the large courtroom at the Fayette County Courthouse.

    Brownstown Backpack event is Nov. 15

    A 5K run./walk to benefit the backpack food program at Brownstown Elementary School will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Nov. 6

    ✔ 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 may contact Shawna Sprague at 283-2824.

  • Grants for Guns

    Fayette County State's Attorney Joshua Morrison, center, presented to the Ramsey and Brownstown police departments AR-15 rifles that were purchased through a grant program he operates to provide equipment for local law enforcement agencies.

    Accepting the guns were Steve Flood of the Ramsey department, left, and Caleb Walton of the Brownstown department. The purchases used $3,300 in grant monies; Morrison funds the grants through drug forfeitures and seizures in the county. Grant funds have also been used to purchase radar guns and body cameras for officers.

  • State police handling accident investigation

    The investigation into last week’s accident in downtown Vandalia that resulted in the deaths of four members of a Greenville family is now in the hands of the Illinois State Police.

  • Alderman leaves meeting, resigns

    A Vandalia alderman who criticized city council members voting to allow two gaming businesses, then walked out of Monday’s council meeting, has resigned from the council.
    But, Vandalia’s mayor planned to talk to Terry Beesley about reconsidering that action.
    Beesley initiated a lengthy discussion at the end of Monday’s meeting by saying that he feels that aldermen who supported two businesses operating solely for gaming made the wrong choice.