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Local News

  • Library Story Time

    Evans Public Library in Vandalia hosted a Halloween story time during the Downtown Trick or Treat held on Saturday, Oct. 29.

    Above, Linda Kelly of the library staff reads to some costumed youngsters.

  • News Briefs

    FCHD to train hospice volunteers

    The Fayette County Health Department will be holding a hospice volunteer training class on Friday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the health department building, which is located at 416 W. Edwards St. in Vandalia.
    In that training, participants will learn how to provide support for terminally ill people and their families.
    For more information or to register for the class, call 283-7262.

    Family Video collects food with contest

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, November 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.
    ✔ Land of Lincoln Credit Union, located at 925 New York Drive, Suite 4, will host a Vandalia Chamber of Commerce Business After-Hours from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided.

  • Avenue of Flags volunteers needed

    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia will put out its Avenue of Flags display this Friday, but post members need some help in doing so.
    Residents who wish to help putting out the American flags are to report to the Legion Home, 321 S. Seventh St., by 6 a.m.
    Breakfast will be served to volunteers after the flags are put out.

  • Northside Church will host Veterans' Day observance

    A local church has stepped up for a service to honor veterans this Friday morning.
    Northside Christian Church is inviting local veterans, and the general public, to a Veterans’ Day observance at 11 a.m.
    During the service at the church, which is located at 1845 W. Jackson St., both local veterans and current members of the armed forces will be recognized and invited to share their memories.
    The church pastor, the Rev. Carl Rhodes, will deliver a brief memorial address, which will be followed with a prayer for this country, its military and its leaders.

  • City to look at 3 levy options

    Vandalia’s aldermen were presented on Monday with three options for a new tax levy, and in reviewing those options, council members said they welcome input from the public.
    Some aldermen said they also want some input from residents on the issue of leaf burning.
    Mayor Rick Gottman said that he had met earlier in the day with Executive Secretary LaTisha Paslay and Dale Timmermann, a local CPA whose firm performs the city audit, to discuss the new tax levy.

  • County has balanced budget ... BUT

    The Fayette County Board approved a balanced budget for the coming fiscal year on Tuesday, but the board chairman said it’s only balanced because of monies transferred into the general fund.
    And as board Chairman Steve Knebel said the transfer of $355,000 from the capital improvement fund is necessary to balance the budget, he doesn’t favor similar transfers in the coming year.
    But even with a balanced budget, Knebel said, the county’s department heads will have to be vigilant about their spending.

  • Second museum presentation is this Sunday

    The second of this season’s events sponsored by the Fayette County Museum will be held at 2 p.m. this Sunday in Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.
    Jerry Koenig of Chesterfield, Mo., will tell of the conditions he and his family experienced during World War II.
    Koenig will describe the treatment of Jewish families and others by the political regime. He will relate what his family was able to do, how they were in hiding, the risks others took to protect them and their eventual freedom.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Nov. 3

    • Kevin L. Hughes, 39, RR 1, Vandalia, was arrested on Nov. 1 on a small claims warrant. Bond was $250 cash.
    • A 17-year-old youth was arrested on Oct. 31 on an alleged violation of an order of protection. The youth was released on a notice to appear in court.
    • Phillip L. Allison, 33, Chicago, was arrested on Oct. 31 on charges of driving while his license is suspended and speeding. Bond was $1,500.

  • News Briefs

    Vandalois orders being taken

    Orders for the 2011-12 edition of the Vandalois, the Vandalia Community High School yearbook, will be taken during both lunch hours at the school next week.
    The cost is $45, or $50 for yearbooks with a name engraved on the cover. Those wishing to order a yearbook are required to put down a $25 deposit.
    For more information, contact Vandalois adviser Amy Vieregge by phone at the high school, 283-5155, or by e-mail at avieregge@vandals.k12.il.us.