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  • Lincoln's Birthday events this Saturday, Sunday

    Vandalia is again holding a two-day celebration to recognize the birthday of one of the most-famous people in world history, a man who got his political start in this community.
    “A Weekend with Mr. Lincoln,” sponsored by the Vandalia Tourism Commission and Vandalia Historical Society, begins on Saturday morning and concludes on Sunday afternoon.
    The two-day celebration kicks off with an open house at the National Road Interpretive Center at 106 S. Fifth St., just north of Vandalia City Hall.

  • Eagle watch Saturday in Carlyle

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the Case-Halstead Library in Carlyle, will be hosting an eagle watch from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. this Saturday at the library.
    At 10 a.m. and noon, the World Bird Sanctuary will present “All About Eagles” and will bring a live bald eagle to demonstrate the majestic flight and nature of this beautiful bird.

  • Extension bucket list seminar to be held on Feb. 19

    Are there things in your life that you’ve wanted to accomplish but haven’t?
    Are there personal goals that would bring you joy and fulfillment, but are always put on the back burner?
    Maybe you need to work on your bucket list!
    A bucket list is simply a list of experiences or achievements that a person would like to do in their lifetime.
    Cheri Burcham, University of Illinois Extension family life educator, will conduct the seminar at 1 p.m. on Feb. 19 at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus, 2310 W. Fillmore St.

  • Lack of state budget continues to hurt city

    The city of Vandalia, like all other government entities and agencies throughout Illinois, continues to suffer from the effects of no state budget.
    “As of Friday, we had not received any money from the state” for water and sewer services provided to Vandalia Correctional Center, Mayor Rick Gottman told aldermen on Monday night.
    And, again, Gottman has contacted state Rep. John Cavaletto (R-107th District) to see if the legislator can do anything about getting the money owed to the city.

  • Two-time meth offender arrested on new charges

    A Brownstown man who has served two prison terms for methamphetamine convictions has again been charged with meth offenses.

    Travis W. Metzger, 43, was charged with aggravated delivery of methamphetamine, possession of up to 400 grams of meth and possession of methamphetamine-manufacturing materials in information filed on Friday by the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison.

  • Levee breaks repaired ... again

    When it rains, it pours. And when it pours, those large amounts of rain can damage levees in the Vandalia area.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Feb. 4

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
    ✔ The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual banquet at the American Legion Home, 321 S. Seventh St. The evening includes a social hour at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by the presentation of Abe Awards and entertainment by the a cappella group "Blend." Tickets are $25 for the meal, which is being catered by Ponderosa Steakhouse; call 283-2728 by this Friday to make reservations.

  • Concussions

    In the past, a high school football player who “got his bell rung” was likely to sit out for a short period of time, with additional contact only worsening his condition, both short-term and long-term.

  • A second pipeline project to get going

    The Dakota Access Pipeline Project continues to finalize its construction plans and secure the necessary land easements in preparation to begin construction of the 1,168-mile crude oil pipeline.

  • Term limits a key issue for McCarter

    Kyle McCarter is pretty confident that he could be re-elected to the Illinois Senate in 2018. But he’s already said that he will not run for that seat again in two years.