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Local News

  • Fire causes significant damage to home

    A fire believed to be electrical in nature caused significant damage to a Vandalia home on Monday afternoon.

  • Amateur Radio Week is observed next week

    Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate.

  • Coroner handles two deaths on Wednesday

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen handled two cases on Wednesday.

    Bowen said on Wednesday evening that John Bolyard, 68, of rural Ramsey, was working on a combi9ne on Wednesday morning when he collapsed. Bowen pronounced Bolyard dead at the scene at 11:13 a.m.

    Bowen also reported on Wednesday evening that Harold "Matt" Gillett, 33, of Vernon, was found dead in his pickup truck near the Vandalia Lake Marina. Bowen said that Gillett died from a gunshot wound that believed to be self-inflicted.

  • Garden Party

    Historical Vandalia Inc. held a garden party on the grounds of the Fayette County Museum on Saturday to raise funds for improvements to the old Presbyterian Church that houses the museum and Artworks Gallery.

    First photo: Party-goers enjoy music by Baroque Folk. Second photo: Historical Vandalia President Jim Brewer, left, partakes in samples made from recipes included in the organization's anniversary cookbook, also being sold to fund museum renovations. Manning the samples booth was Historical Vandalia board member Anna Jean Rhodes, right.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 19

    ✔ 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..
    Friday, June 20

  • Security measures added at schools

    The Vandalia Board of Education learned on Tuesday about additional security equipment being installed at two buildings in the district.
    Superintendent Rich Well told board members that the new security equipment is being installed at entrances to the administration building and the Okaw Area Vocational Center.
    That equipment will include security doors and video surveillance equipment for both buildings, the only two in the district that currently do not have those security measures.

  • Pool fundraiser includes water carnival

    As part of its ongoing efforts to help raise funds for the rehabilitation of the Vandalia Swimming Pool, the pool staff is offering special activities during its first Moonlight Madness of the summer.
    This Friday’s Moonlight Madness will include a pool carnival that will feature pool activities and games.
    The pool fundraiser will feature games from 4-9 p.m., and swimming from 6-11:30 p.m.

  • Restroom vandalism again a problem in parks

    The arrival of summer weather has again coincided with vandalism in restrooms in Vandalia’s parks.
    At its meeting last Thursday, Vandalia Park District trustees discussed possible ways of addressing the ongoing problems with the restrooms.
    Park district Superintendent Kent Torbeck said that the vandalism has included stuffing the toilets and then flushing them, smearing substances on the walls and “throwing trash everywhere.”

  • Circle K & gaming machines

    As a representative of a company explained its desire to install gaming devices at its local convenience store to the Vandalia City Council, some aldermen expressed their concerns about that plan.
    John Stanisz, business manager for Circle K’s Midwest Division, told the council that even though state law states that gaming licenses can only be granted to businesses that have liquor licenses, “The intent (of Circle K) is to not sell alcohol.”

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