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  • Golden Circle Menus

    Thursday, Aug. 2 – French toast bake, sausage pattie, hash browns, orange juice, fresh fruit and whole wheat bread.
    Friday, Aug. 3 – Fish on bun, creamy cole slaw, bean salad and peaches.
    Monday, Aug. 6 – Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, spinach, blushing pears and graham crackers.
    Tuesday, Aug. 7 – Turkey tetrazzini, green peas, glazed carrots, orange and whole wheat bread.  
    Wednesday, Aug. 8 – Chicken salad on bun, tomato medley, kidney bean salad and cantaloupe.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, Aug. 2
    • Registration for elementary and jr.-sr. high school, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., Phillips Building.

  • Food pantry donations still being solicited

    On June 23, 30 volunteers showed up to help with the Central Illinois Mobile Food Pantry distribution in Ramsey.
    The pantry served 136 households consisting of 180 children under the age of 18 and 306 adults.
    The sponsoring organization, Fayette County Farm Bureau had a large number of individual volunteers, as well as Soroptimist of Vandalia, who has joined with the Fayette County Farm Bureau since the startup of the pantry in Fayette County. Other volunteers came from the Parkview Methodist Church, Herrick Food Pantry and FFA.

  • News Briefs

    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.

  • St. Elmo Library District given equipment by state

    Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse While has announced that 40 Illinois public libraries and community college learning resource centers will receive equipment to enhance Internet access for patrons with visual or physical impairments by allowing them to download audio books.
    Those recipients include the St. Elmo Public Library District.
    “Many Illinois public libraries provide services for patrons who have visual or physical limitations that make it difficult to read regular printed materials,” White said.

  • 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.