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  • Head Start sets open house dates

    CEFS Head Start is holding open houses on Thursday, Feb. 17, from 4-7 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the local Head Start center.
    Families with children age 5 and under are invited to check out the Head Start classroom and fill out an application. The Fayette County Head Start Center is located at 1410 Sunset Drive, Suite F in Vandalia.

  • Community Calendar-Feb. 10, 2011

    Thursday, February 10

    ✔ 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.
    Friday, February 11

  • Council action allows church to move forward with moving plans

    The Vandalia City Council approved a resolution on Monday that allows a local church to move forward with its attempt to relocate in the former home of Rural King.
    The council approved a change in the city’s zoning ordinance that allows places of worship to locate in a general commercial or light industrial district.
    The zoning amendment stipulates that the place of worship must be located on a site that is at least 2 acres, and that structural improvements cannot be made within 50 feet of property line.

  • 'Lincoln Remembered' is this Friday, Saturday

    The celebration of Lincoln’s Birthday in Vandalia this year has been expanded to include four activities that also commemorate the community’s role in the early days of Illinois.
    As is tradition, Vandalia’s Lincoln’s Birthday celebration will include a program at 2 p.m. in the Supreme Court Room at the Vandalia Statehouse, the room where Abraham Lincoln became legally entitled to practice law.

  • Vandalia school schedule changed

    Because of the unusual number of snow days this winter, students in the Vandalia school district will be attending class on four days they were scheduled to have a full or half-day off.
    Full school days now will be held on Presidents Day (Feb. 21) and Casimir Pulaski Day (March 7), as well as two days previously scheduled for half days, because of inservice training for teachers (March 4 and April 1).

  • Attorney wants teen's murder trial moved

    The attorney representing the teen charged with murdering a couple in their Loogootee home wants the youth’s trial to be moved to another county.
    The request to relocate the trial for 16-year-old Clifford W. Baker is one of three motions filed at the end of January by Baker’s attorney, Monroe D. McWard of Taylorville.

  • Lincoln events this Friday, Saturday

    Vandalia will celebrate its history with three events later this week.

    The festivities are kicked off on Friday morning as the Vandalia Statehouse is one of the sites participating in a simultaneous reading of Lincoln's Farewell Address in Springfield.

    The reading is set for 11 a.m. at the Statehouse, and the public is invited to attend.

    On Friday evening, Vandalia's inaugural Civil War Victory Ball will be held from 7-11 p.m. at the Vandalia Moose Lodge. Those wearing period clothing will be admitted free, and admission for all others is $5.

  • Ice storm in Vandalia
  • 2:40 p.m., Thursday: St. Elmo Schools Schedule

    St. Elmo School District’s Calendar for February 4th has been modified.

    Students will not attend school on Friday, February 4th due to a change in the calendar.  Friday instead will be set as a Teacher Inservice Day.

  • Mueller, Knebel receive Abes

    Two individuals who have been involved extensively in community activities were honored with Abe Awards at Thursday’s annual banquet of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.
    Receiving the non-chamber-member award was Joyce Mueller, a longtime volunteer in a variety of Vandalia organizations. The chamber-member award went to Doug Knebel, the community bank president for Midland States Bank, 2008 president of the Vandalia chamber and member of a number of civic organizations.