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  • Three arrested for poaching in March

    Three men have been charged with numerous offenses, including one felony, for allegedly poaching at the Carlyle Lake Waterfowl Management Area south of Vandalia in March.
    Named in information filed last Wednesday by the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison are Bradley J. Peters, 19, of Bethalto; Daniel E. Groves, 35, of Wood River; and Steven J. Dean, 23, of Granite City.
    Warrants were issued late last week, with bond set at $3,000 for each, and they posted bond on Tuesday.

  • Board OKs second pool X-ray

    Hearing some “inconclusive” results on an X-ray of the Vandalia Swimming Pool structure, the Vandalia Park District Board agreed to have a second examination.
    District trustees hope that second inspection will give them more insight as they decide what to do with the pool.
    At a special meeting of the park board on Tuesday, two representatives of Hurst-Roche Engineers presented the results of a radiological exam of the pool earlier this month.

  • Cleanup 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, May 19-23.
    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.  

  • VCHS Prom Royalty

    Vandalia Community High School held its junior-senior prom on Saturday night, with Colton Woolsey and Karlee Brimberry announced as king and queen (first photo).

    In the second photo is the prom court; from left are Raj Patel, Kendall Leander, Zac Ricke, Brandy Protz, 2013 prom king Jeff Lucken, Woolsey, Brimberry, 2013 queen Emilie Britt, Morgan Cripe and Joseph Meyer.

  • Saturday is pageant call-in day

    Saturday is call-in day for the 2014 Little Miss and Junior Miss Fayette County pageants.
    Parents of Little Miss contestants (ages 5-7) may begin calling 427-3762 at 9 a.m., and parents of Junior Miss contestants (entering grades 6-8 in the fall) may begin calling that number at 10 a.m.
    The first 20 callers in each division will be accepted for the pageants.
    Pageant director Kim Fitch said that contestants for Miss Fayette County (ages 16-21) will be accepted through June 10.

  • News Briefs

    VCHS Alumni to hold fish fry on May 16

    The Vandalia Alumni and Friends will hold a fish fry from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, May 16, at the Vandalia Junior High School cafeteria.
    Catered by Country Rhodes in Effingham, the buffet meal will include fried walleye, popcorn shrimp, chicken strips, potato salad, cole slaw, applesauce, baked beans, steak fries, hush puppies, drinks and dessert.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 1

    ✔ 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, May 2

  • DAR honors local youths

    The Benjamin Mills Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently honored local youth, recognizing them for outstanding community involvement, leadership, scholastic achievement and citizenship.
    Students who represented the Bond and Fayette county public schools, as well as Christian and parochial schools, were honored at a ceremony held at First Christian Church in Greenville on March 15.
    Jeanette Dothager, regent of the Benjamin Mills Chapter, welcomed the guests.

  • Mock Wreck at BHS

    Five days before their prom, students at Brownstown High School learned about the dangers of drinking and driving through a mock crash held in the school parking lot.

  • Nine years in meth case

     A Vandalia man has been sentenced to nine years in prison on a methamphetamine charge.
    Michael P. Ambuehl, 23, pleaded guilty on Monday to an amended charge of aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing.
    The reduced charge filed by the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison alleged that Ambuehl participated in the manufacture of up to 400 grams of methamphetamine in a structure in which a person under the age of 18 was present.