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  • Weekend activities at Carlyle Lake

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing for a fun and safe weekend in celebrating Independence Day at Carlyle Lake.  Family-oriented activities will be taking place throughout the weekend, and all activities are free and open to the public.
    The highlight of the weekend activities will be the Fireworks Spectacular shot from Point 1 at dusk on Saturday, June 29.  
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offers educational programs in the campgrounds and beaches every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the recreation season.

  • 4-H Foundation to raffle off Cardinals tickets

    Ehrhardt Tool and Machine of Granite City has donated four St. Louis Cardinals tickets to the Fayette County Extension Foundation to auction off at the Fayette County Livestock Committee’s 4-H Auction.
    The auction will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in Brownstown.  The tickets will be the last item auctioned off at the 4-H Auction that evening.
    The tickets are for seats behind the third base dugout for the Sept. 23 game against the Washington Nationals. The face value of the tickets is $440.  

  • Armadillo Found
  • United Fund Distribution

    The Fayette County United Fund recently distributed funds to a number of area organizations, which are represented in the photo above.

  • Citizens can help stop vandalism

    After several sessions with some specialized solvents, Jean Stombaugh has successfully removed the last traces of black spray paint from the vandalized Looking For Lincoln storyboard in Rogier Park.
    With that project behind her, she resumed her daily routine of checking on Lincoln Park in downtown Vandalia, only to find that someone had pulled up several young plants and left them to die in the sweltering heat.
    And not long ago, someone apparently found great delight in kicking out the spindles in the Lincoln Park gazebo.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 27

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business After-Hours from 5-7 p.m. at Real Living Vandalia Real Estate. All employees of chamber members are invited to attend.
    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, June 29

  • Former MG man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison

    A Bond County man convicted of possession of child pornography was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on June 17.
    A U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, said that  Daniel Allen Neer, 38, formerly of Mulberry Grove, was ordered to serve the statutory maximum 10-year sentence consecutively to an undischarged six-year sentence he is serving based upon his 2012 conviction in Bond County for aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim between the ages of 13 and 16.

  • Fire department looking to replace ladder truck

    A Vandalia City Council committee will recommend next week that the city’s volunteer fire department be allowed to begin looking into the replacement of one of its major trucks.
    Two members of the council’s public safety committee – chairman Jerry Swarm and Russ Stunkel – and Mayor Rick Gottman met with the three Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department chiefs on the issue of the department’s aerial apparatus.

  • City files papers to stop lake restaurant

    One day after the city council voted to affirm its decision to take a proposed Vandalia Lake restaurant to court, the city filed the papers to make that decision official.
    The city’s legal counsel, Burnside, Johnson and Sheafor, filed in Fayette County Circuit Court on Tuesday a complaint for declaratory judgment.
    Named in the complaint are Steve and Latisha Mabry, who are planning to open a steakhouse, Lake House, on Vandalia Lake.

  • IHPA director looks over the Vandalia Statehouse

    While assessing the condition of the Vandalia Statehouse last week, the director of the state agency that oversees the building offered reminders of what it means to Vandalia and Illinois.