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    Relay has Mr., Miss Little pageants

    This year's Relay for Life, set for June 7 at Rogier Park in Vandalia, will include Mr. and Miss Little Treasures pageants at 4 p.m.
    The pageants feature three age groups – 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12 – and will include casual wear, formal wear and talent categories. Subcategories are: most confident, best hair, most photogenic, congeniality and best talent.
    In addition to a winner in each pageant, first and second runners-up will be selected.

  • Armed Forces Tribute moved to VJHS; meal starts at 4 p.m.

    Because of wet conditions and the possibility of more rain, the second annual Armed Forces Tribute has been moved from the Vandalia Statehouse to the Vandalia Junior High School.

    Also, serving of the meal will begin at 4 p.m., one hour earlier than previously planned.

    The program, which will include local veterans and a performance by the Army National Guard Band in Springfield, will still begin at 6 p.m.

  • SAFE Luncheon

    Pat Hartke, left, board president of Sexual Assault and Family Emergency of Vandalia, registers for a raffle drawing at the recent fund-raising luncheon sponsored by SAFE at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.

    Assisting with the raffle was Sheryl Kyle, right, a counselor coordinator from Effingham. SAFE office assistant Sherry Hawkins said that the event served about 230 people and featured more than 130 giveaway or raffled items. SAFE has offices in Vandalia, Effingham, Centralia and Mt. Vernon.

  • Fredbird visits Vandalia
  • Chamber members learn about park's pool project

    “With proper maintenance, we should be able to get another 15-20 years out of our pool with this renovation,” Brian Stout told Vandalia Chamber of Commerce members last Wednesday.

  • Cleanup Week is next week

    Vandalia residents who are customers of Doty Sanitation will have the opportunity to get rid of unwanted items during the city’s annual Cleanup Week next week.
    The unwanted items are to be placed alongside regular trash on residents’ normal trash pickup days.
    Residents are asked to pile items on the curbside in a manner that they would like to have were they to pick it up themselves.
    Any lumber should be cut in reasonable lengths, stacked and, if possible, bundled into reasonable weights.  

  • St. Elmo woman charged in baby's death pleads guilty

    A St. Elmo woman who was charged in February in connection with her infant child’s death could serve a prison sentence of up to five years.
    Heaven N. Davis, 24, pleaded guilty last Wednesday to felony endangerment of a child.
    Davis signed an open guilty plea, meaning that a judge will determine her sentence at hearing on June 25.
    However, through the plea-bargain agreement, the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison, agreed not to seek more than five years in prison for the offense.

  • Finances, animal control

    Two recurring issues were discussed at Tuesday’s Fayette County Board meeting, one of those being an ongoing topic – the county’s finances.
    The second issue is the handling of animals taken in by the veterinarian who has the county’s animal control contract.
    During committee reports, County Treasurer Rose Hoover reported that she recently had to use $35,000 of the $250,000 in capital improvement funds she was given permission to use last month in order to meet the county’s obligations.

  • Apartment fire ruled arson

    The early-morning fire at a Vandalia apartment complex on Saturday that claimed the life of one of its residents has been ruled arson

    In announcing that ruling by a State Fire Marshal investigator, Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray said authorities are offering a $2,500 reward for help in finding the person who started the fire at High School Apartments.

  • District brings back 9 teachers

    Following a public hearing last Thursday, at which only one resident spoke, the Vandalia Board of Education unanimously approved the sale of $1.88 million in working cash fund bonds.
    That move, which effectively extends the district’s current bond level for one additional year (to 2022), will allow the district to reinstate several district teaching positions and programs that otherwise would have been eliminated.