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  • community calendar-June 30, 2011

    Thursday, June 30

    ✔ The Summer Lunches for Kids program is under way. The lunches are available from 11-11:30 a.m. at the American Legion Home and in Rogier Park in Vandalia, at the township building in Shobonier and at the township garage in Vera.
    ✔ 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.

  • Cavaletto announces; could face incumbent Stephens

    State Rep. John Cavaletto made the rounds in Fayette County earlier this week, announcing that he will run in the new legislative district that includes this county.
    In his attempt to gain re-election, the Salem Republican may have to square off against a long-time legislator who currently represents this county.
    Cavaletto was in Fayette County Monday to announce that he will run in the new 107th District, and to “start building relationships” in this county.

  • Judge rules nurses must testify at murder trial

    The judge in the Clifford Baker murder trial has ruled that three employees at a medical center that treated Baker shortly before he murdered a neighbor couple must appear at trial.
    At a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court last Wednesday, Judge Michael McHaney denied a motion in which Baker’s attorneys ask to quash subpoenas issued to three registered nurses who are behavior health employees at Gateway Regional Medical Center.

  • Nadine Visits Brownstown

    "Nadine, the Church Lady," a popular character on the RFD TV show "Larry's Country Diner," brought her humor to Brownstown High School on Saturday evening for a performance sponsored by the Brownstown Branch Library.

  • A success in many ways

    When it took over the area recycling program, FAYCO Enterprises acknowledged that the success of the program would depend on the participation of local residents.
    As the one-year anniversary of program under FAYCO’s coordination nears, that success can be measured in a number of ways, including the manner in which it can serve its clients.
    “It’s going really, really well,” said Kim Taylor, director of finance and support at FAYCO, a sheltered workshop that has served area individuals with disabilities since the mid-1970s.

  • Winners of art shows announced

    The 2011 Town & Country Art Show and Professional Art Show were held this past weekend at Artworks Gallery in the Fayette County Museum.

  • First Vandalia Idol Winners Chosen
  • Shriners, Tin Lizzies Donate for Fireworks

    The Old National Trail Shrine Club, represented by President Dan Yakel (left) and the Old National Trail  Shrine Club Tin Lizzies, represented by President Charlie Carroll (right) presented donations for the Vandalia Lions Club's Fourth of July fireworks display.

    Accepting the donations was Lions Club member Dean Black.

  • Man gets 22 years for sex crimes

    A Peotone man has been sent to prison for more than two decades for committing sex crimes.
    Judge Ericka Sanders sentenced Jason S. Huff, 24, to 22 years in prison in a court hearing on June 10.
    Huff pleaded guilty in January to two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
    Sanders sentenced Huff to 11 years in prison on each count, with the two sentences to be served consecutively, as mandated by law. State law also mandates that Huff will serve at least 85 percent of the sentence given to him.

  • Non-exempt school workers receive 2-percent pay hike

    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday approved a 2-percent base salary increase for non-exempt district employees for the fiscal year starting July 1.
    That raise applies to cooks, custodians, bus drivers, directors and administrators. It does not apply to teachers, who are still negotiating with district administrators on a new contract.
    “The contract with the teachers’ union is still pending,” Superintendent Rich Well said after Tuesday’s meeting.
    “We met the last week in May, and we’ll meet again in July.”