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  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 3

    ✔ 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 Vandalia Lions Club's Fourth of July carnival is in the Vandalia Lake campgrounds.

  • Canine Visitors

    Participants in the Summer Reading Program at Evans Public Library in Vandalia were recently treated to a program on Heidanes Hidden Timbers and their therapy dogs.

  • Fourth of July activities in three area communities

    The Fourth of July is being celebrated in three area communities.
    VANDALIA
    The Vandalia Lions Club is again providing a carnival in the Vandalia Lake marina campgrounds. This year, the carnival is available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
    On Saturday evening, at dusk, the Lions will again provide the community’s fireworks display over the lake.
    FARINA
    The village of Farina’s Fourth of July celebration begins in the middle of Friday afternoon and runs until late that evening.

  • Hours cut likely at Statehouse

    While they hope to keep all of the state’s historic sites – including the Vandalia Statehouse – open, officials of the agency overseeing those sites are faced with reducing hours of operation.

  • Leak cleanup continues

    Three days after a leak at the Patoka Tank Farm, Marathon Pipeline operations are “pretty much back to normal,” according to a company spokesperson.

  • Route 51 again open to traffic

    U.S. Route 51 between Patoka and Vernon is again open to traffic.

    A Marathon Pipeline spokesman at the scene of a Sunday leak at the Patoka Tank Farm said that Route 51 was reopened at 8 a.m. today (Monday).

    Angela Graves of Marathon said Monday morning that the company is estimated that about 1,000 barrels of crude oil were leaked, adding that it is "a rough estimate."

    Cleanup of the site, she said, would likely take several days to complete.

  • Food Bank at VCHS on Saturday; volunteers needed

     

  • Tools for School taking donations

    Tools for School, a program for only Fayette County in-need students to select free school supplies, is working on its 2014 fundraising campaign.
    Last year, more than 600 school children – kindergarten through junior high, from Brownstown, Farina, Ramsey, St. Elmo, St. Peter and Vandalia – were served by Tools for School.
    Monetary donations received from businesses, churches, organizations and individuals are used to purchase notebooks, paper, pens, crayons and other supplies noted on the Fayette County school supply lists.

  • Briefs

    Brownstown firefighters not soliciting

    The Brownstown Fire Department has learned about a scam in which callers say that they are representatives of the BFD and are soliciting donations.
    Anyone receiving phone calls seeking donations to the department should not agree to make donations.
    A representative of the department said that the BFD does not solicit  donations.

    VFW Auxiliary raffling quilt

  • We Apologize

    Kevin Aukamp of rural Vandalia was listed in last week's Public Record as having been arrested for driving under the influence and improper lane usage. The charges were subsequently dismissed at the request of the Fayette County State's Attorney's Office. We apologise for the error.