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  • Police taking reports of vehicle break-ins

    Recent reports from the Vandalia Police Department indicate that city residents should be locking their vehicles and not storing valuable property in vehicles.
    The police have been receiving a number of reports of vehicle break-ins, according to VPD reports.
    Those reports of theft from vehicles include:
    • July 18 – 7:05 a.m., 1400 block of North Seventh Street.
    • July 18 – 9:51 a.m., 1000 block of West Taylor Street.
    • July 20 – 5:08 p.m., 500 block of West Lincoln Street.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 2

    ✔ 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.

  • Mayor asks HMG to tighten schedule for streetscape work

    A schedule submitted to city officials the middle of last month calls for more streetscape work in Vandalia’s downtown business district to begin at the end of September.
    But, Vandalia’s mayor, unsatisfied with that schedule, has asked engineers overseeing the project to tighten it up.
    Rick Gottman presented to aldermen for last week’s city council meeting a schedule for work to be done on one block sections of Fourth and Fifth streets north and south of Gallatin Street.

  • City still good on water

    Despite the passing of four weeks without any significant moisture since the city of Vandalia issued a voluntary water conservation order, the city can continue without going beyond that.

  • Chopping of corn plants into silage shows the effect of this year's drought

    The light rain that fell on the farm of Tony and Marsha Snow on Tuesday afternoon was more than just a little ironic.

  • Tools for School distributions set

    Tools for School, a program that provides free school supplies for Fayette County students in need in grades kindergarten through junior college, will be in operation at First Presbyterian Church on the following dates and times:
    • Wednesday, Aug. 8 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Thursday, Aug. 9 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Friday, Aug. 10 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Saturday, Aug. 11 – 9 a.m.-noon.
    Those picking up supplies are to enter the church, located at 1221  W. Fillmore St., through the north door.

  • Man charged with stabbing appears in court

    A Shobonier man who was arrested last month for allegedly injuring two men with a knife at a Vandalia bar is facing 10 counts of criminal offenses.
    Carl H.M. Sprague, 24, made his first appearance in court after being charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder, four counts of armed violence, four counts of aggravated battery and one count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 26

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-6 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Presenting donors will receive a rock and roll T-shirt, while supplies last.
    ✔ 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.
    Friday, July 27

  • Weldon will accept up to 30 years

    Knowing that he will not be in prison for more than 30 years, a Vandalia man who allegedly committed a number of crimes over a two-day period in December has pleaded guilty to nine charges.
    Kenneth J. Weldon, 30, signed an open plea of guilty to nine charges last Wednesday as Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel stipulated that he would not seek a prison term of more than 30 years.

  • River intake progress

    The city of Vandalia is hopefully moving closer to a solution with its raw water intake on the Kaskaskia River.
    Alderman Terry Beesley announced at last week’s city council meeting that a representative of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers looked the intake over during a visit on Thursday, July 12.
    “He says, just by looking at it, it should work,” Beesley said, with many present for the meeting laughing at that comment.
    “Right now,” Beesley said, “it does work.”