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  • K of C breakfast this sunday

    The Knights of Columbus will hold an all-you-can eat breakfast from 8 a.m.-noon this Sunday at the Mother of Dolors Catholic Church Parish Center.

    The meal will include eggs, biscuits and gravy, pancakes and drinks. The breakfast is open to the public.

    The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-11; children under 5 eat free of charge.

  • VCHS post-prom cookout is Friday

    The post-prom parents group at Vandalia Community High School will hold a cookout in the VCHS lobby prior to this Friday's boys basketball games.

    The cookout begins at 5 p.m.

  • Missing Tower Hill man found dead in Vandalia home

    A Tower Hill man who was reported missing last week was found dead in a Vandalia home on Saturday evening.

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen reported on Sunday that the body of James Mundy, 31, was found in a home in the 1900 block of Arrow Drive, and estimated that Mundy has been dead for about four days.

    Bowen said he arrived at the home at 8:27 p.m. on Saturday, and pronounced Mundy dead at 8:30 p.m.

  • News Briefs-Jan. 20, 2011

    Pregnancy Center planning banquet

    The Lighthouse Pregnancy Center has begun planning its annual fundraising banquet, which will be held early this spring.
    The banquet committee is looking for volunteers to help put together this event. Anyone interested in helping with this project should call the center, 283-8750.
    The next banquet planning meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday at the center, which is located at 1121 N. Sixth St. in Vandalia.

    Benefit for Kay Kistler is this Saturday

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, January 20

    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.

  • School district's finances still good at halfway point

    In a meeting that lasted only 25 minutes, the Vandalia School Board handled several relatively minor items and heard that the district’s finances remain in good shape at the halfway point of the fiscal year.
    “We have solid balances in all our accounts,” Superintendent Rich Well told the board, noting that the district has a total balance of $6,393,219 and a balance of $5,013,621 in the four operating accounts.

  • Murder trial pushed back to April

    The jury trial for a Loogootee teenager charged with fatally shooting a couple living near his home has been pushed back to April.
    The trial for Clifford Baker was reset during a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court last Wednesday, after Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel said he needed time to review two pending motions filed by Baker’s attorney, Monroe McWard of Taylorville.
    McWard has filed a motion asking for the suppression of statements made by Baker after he was taken into custody.

  • Carson, Porter kicked off ballot

    Two days after hearing testimony from several individuals, a St. Elmo electoral board ruled that incumbent aldermen Lloyd Carson and Jayson Porter would be taken off the April 5 municipal election ballot.

  • Carson, Porter kicked off ballot

    At this point, incumbent St. Elmo aldermen Lloyd Carson and Jayson Porter are not on the April municipal ballot.

    An electoral board in that community released its ruling on Friday in which it sustained the objections to the nominating petitions filed by Carson and Porter.

    Rita Davis, Carson's opponent in April, objected to his petition, and Lyle Haslett objected to Porter's petition. Both objections stated that the incumbents should not appear on the ballot because their petitions did not contain enough signatures.

  • News Briefs

    Pregnancy Center planning banquet

    The Lighthouse Pregnancy Center has begun planning its annual fundraising banquet, which will be held early this spring.
    The banquet committee is looking for volunteers to help put together this event. Anyone interested in helping with this project should call the center, 283-8750.
    The next banquet planning meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday at the center, which is located at 1121 N. Sixth St. in Vandalia.

    VPD to begin using new radio system