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  • Community Calendar-May 12, 2011

    Thursday, May 12

    ✔ 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 building trades class at the Okaw Area Vocational Center is holding an open house at the home it built this year at 1 Mark Drive, located north of Jefferson Street in Vandalia, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2:15 p.m.

  • FAYCO fighting state cuts

    As Illinois municipalities fight to retain state income tax, a local entity is also battling proposed cuts by the state government.
    Officials at FAYCO Enterprises, which has as its mission “to integrate people with disabilities and other life issues into the community and enrich their quality of life with choice and independence,” are lobbying against about $115 million in proposed cuts to community services in the state.

  • County makes another fund transfer for payroll

    With barely enough members on hand for a quorum, the Fayette County Board approved on Tuesday another fund transfer to ensure that the county could meet payroll.
    Eight of the board’s 13 current members were present for the meeting, which included a transfer of $250,000 from the county’s capital improvement fund to the general fund.
    “We don’t actually need it right now, but we’re close,” board Chairman Steve Knebel told board members.

  • Band Parents' ice cream social is Thursday

    The Vandalia Junior High School spring band concert will be held at 7 p.m. in the VJHS gym.

    After the concert, the Vandalia Band Parents will hold its inaugural ice cream social in the VJHS cafeteria.

    The cost for a half pint of ice cream is $3, with chocolate, vanilla, strawberry cheesecake, cookies and cream, cookie dough and s'mores.

  • Building Trades house on display next week

    The class built by this year's building trades class at the Okaw Area Vocational Center will be on display for the public next week.

    The house, located at 1 Mark Drive, off of Jefferson Street in Vandalia, will be open to the public at the following times:

    • May 9-13  9:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2:15 p.m.

    • May 13  4-8 p.m.

  • Old Capitol View will open Thursday

    Old Capital View Restaurant & Lounge, located at 401 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia, will officially open its doors for business at 11 a.m. this Thursday.
    The  business’s specialty is “homemade everything.” They will feature a lunch buffet and a complete menu with entrée choices featuring beef, pork, chicken, pasta and seafood, as well as fresh salads, sandwiches and a complete line of desserts.

  • Soroptimists to hold Vandalia Idol contest

    “American Idol” is one of the most-watched talent searches in the country, and a local organization will be providing a similar talent search to Vandalia.
    Soroptimist International of Vandalia, a local club of the world-wide organization, is a group of professional woman that support the cause of women and girls in our community.
    The work by members include the "Food for Thought" program at OUR PLACE Youth Center and filling the big flower pots in front of businesses around town.

  • News Briefs

    Saturday is pageant call-in day

    This Saturday is the call-in day to sign up for this year's pageants at the Fayette County Fair.
    To be a Little Miss contestant, girls must be Fayette County residents ages 5-7 as of July 11. To enter a girl in the pageant, call 427-3762, beginning at 9 a.m. The first 20 contestants will be accepted; no early calls will be accepted.

  • REMINDER – It's Cleanup Week in Vandalia

    Vandalia residents who are customers of Doty Sanitation will have the opportunity to get rid of unwanted items this week during the city’s annual Cleanup Week.
    The unwanted items are to be placed alongside regular trash on residents’ normal trash pickup days.
    Residents wishing to get rid of old appliances and other large items are not required to call city hall. They need only to place those large items out with their regular trash. City workers will be following Doty Sanitation crews during Cleanup Week and picking up large items set out by residents.

  • St. Elmo man arrested for home invasion

    A rural St. Elmo man has been charged with two counts of felony home invasion following an incident in St. Elmo.
    Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel filed home invasion charges against Robert W. Elder, 42, on Tuesday.
    Earlier that day, Elder was arrested on preliminary tickets alleging that he committed the offenses of home invasion, domestic battery, aggravated battery and endangering the life of a child.