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Local News

  • New equine program at VCC under way

    “Life is about second chances.”

  • Mabrys continue working toward restaurant opening

    A couple planning to open a restaurant on Vandalia Lake say that the city council’s vote on enforcing its zoning ordinance does not stop them from proceeding with their plans.
    “We keep going,” Steve “Luke” Mabry said last Wednesday afternoon.
    Mabry and his wife, Latisha, are finalizing work on the conversion of a house into a restaurant called The Lake House, located on Ill. Route 185 at the Vandalia Lake bridge.

  • Second liquor license vote a tie

    A tie vote meant that for the second time in three months, the Fayette County Board declined to grant a liquor license to a couple planning to open a restaurant on Vandalia Lake.
    After a lengthy discussion on Tuesday evening, the board voted 7-7 on the license application filed by Steve “Luke” and Latisha Mabry.

  • News Briefs

    Bonnie Hill benefit is Saturday

    A benefit for Bonnie Hill , who is battling breast cancer, will be held from 4-10 p.m. on Saturday at the Vandalia Moose Lodge. It will include food, a 50/50 drawing, raffle, music and an auction. For more information, call 918-9988.

    VCHS class of '93 planning reunion

    The Vandalia Community High School class of 1993 is holding its 20-year reunion on Saturday, June 29, at the Vandalia Country and Golf Club.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 13

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District meets at 4 p.m. at Vandalia Airport.
    ✔ 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, June 14

    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 1-6 p.m. at Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia.

  • Police warn of scams

    The Vandalia Police Department is reminding residents of Vandalia and surrounding areas of scams currently being conducted.
    According to the VPD, local residents have been receiving letters stating that they had won large amounts of money, and that victims then receive fictitious checks in the mail.
    According to police, residents are directed to cash the check and mail the money back in, and are told that they will then receive their prize money or a new vehicle.

  • Coroner releases information on two deaths

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen reported two deaths in Fayette County late last week.
    Bowen said that late Thursday evening, Tommy Collier, 60, of Odin, was found dead in a corn crib near Shobonier.
    The coroner said that Collier was on a farm grinding corn for cattle at the time of his death.
    He said that Collier’s wife contacted the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office after being unable to locate her husband. A sheriff’s deputy found Collier in the corn crib.
    Bowen pronounced Collier dead at the scene at 12:27 a.m. on Friday.

  • Continuing for the Fight
  • Legion Auxiliary meets on June 20

    American Legion Auxiliary Unit 95 of Vandalia will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, at the Legion Home.
    Officers for 2013-14 will be elected.
    All members are encouraged to attend.

  • Shobonier School Reunion is this Sunday at Ponderosa

    The annual Shobonier School Reunion will be held this Sunday at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.
    Those planning to attend are asked to gather in the Lincoln Room at 11 a.m., and a buffet lunch is at noon.
    All students of Shobonier School, former residents of Shobonier and those with strong ties to Shobonier are encouraged to attend. Each person is responsible for his or her lunch.
    A short business meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. and will be followed by a special memorial for those who died in 2012.