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  • Soroptimists' Vandalia Idol competition set for March

    Soroptimist International of Vandalia will be holding its fourth annual Vandalia Idol contest in March.
    Vandalia Idol is a singing competition open to all ages of amateur vocalists. Auditions will be held on two nights,   Saturdays, March 1 and 8,. at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.
    The competition will include two age divisions: youth division for ages 14 and under; and adult division for ages 15 and older.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 16

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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.
    Sunday, Jan. 19

  • Promoting the National Road
  • Two flu cases at VCC

    The Illinois Department of Corrections is dealing with inmates at state prisons, including Vandalia Correctional Center, who have contracted the flu.
    Tom Shaer, IDOC spokesman, said that as of Tuesday evening, VCC was placed on Level 1 lockdown due to two diagnosed cases of the flu.
    In addition to those two confirmed cases – among the 1,679 inmates – there were three inmates showing flu-like symptoms.
    Also, Shaer said, one inmate who was showing symptoms tested negative for the flu.

  • Judge strikes Mabrys' defenses

    The city of Vandalia’s court case against a couple operating a restaurant on Vandalia Lake will continue for at least six more weeks.
    That’s because a judge last week gave Steve and Latisha Mabry 21 days to file amended arguments in the case, and gave the city 21 days to file a response to those arguments.
    At a hearing last Thursday afternoon, Judge Douglas Jarman heard arguments on the city’s motion to strike the Mabrys’ answers to the city’s request for a declaratory judgment.

  • County fee increases

    The Fayette County Board will be looking at increasing some county fees, with ones charged only to those going through the building adjacent to the county courthouse currently being considered.
    Board Chairman Steve Knebel said at Tuesday’s board meeting that county officials recently met with representatives of the Fraternal Order of Police, “and they gave us some ideas on raising funds. They had some good ideas.”
    Those ideas included raising the fees charged at the Fayette County Jail.

  • Dog alerts family to fire

    A St. Elmo family was able to escape a fire in their home early Saturday morning after being alerted to the fire by their dog.

  • Sydney Young to compete at state county fair pageant

    The 55th Annual Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant will be held Jan. 16-19, at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, in conjunction with the Illinois Association of Agriculture Fairs Annual Convention.

  • A BIG blast of winter

    Warmer temperatures at the end of this week will help residents of Vandalia and Fayette County dig out of the area’s worst winter storm in decades.

  • Chamber seeks nominations for its 2014 Abe Awards

    With its annual banquet just two weeks away, the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its Abe Awards.
    Those awards are presented annually to individuals who have made significant contributions to the community.
    “We are looking for anyone who has bettered our community and local organizations through the use of their time and talent, by volunteering or by taking a leadership role,” said Shannon Craycroft, chamber executive director.