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Local News

  • Fords, Fords & More Fords

    The second annual Midwest All-Ford Nationals were held on Saturday and Sunday at the Vandalia Lake campgrounds.

  • KC Vandalia Phase II plans OK'd

    A little more than nine months after displaying initial plans for effectively doubling the size of their Vandalia campus, Kaskaskia College officials have moved one step closer to that goal.

  • 18 years for cannabis trafficking

    A Florida man convicted of cannabis trafficking at the beginning of August will be in prison for close to two decades.
    Also in Fayette County Circuit Court, a rural Vandalia woman has been sentenced to prison on a heroin charge.
    Luiz M. Diaz Guillen, 46, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., was sentenced to 18 years in prison last Thursday by Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm.

  • KC Board approves Vandalia Campus Phase II plans, design

    The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Monday.
    The board approved the design and floor plan for Phase II of the Vandalia Campus.  The project’s estimated construction budget is $7,299,999.

  • St. Elmo News Briefs

    St. Elmo Library asking for recipes

    The St. Elmo Public Library District, which includes library facilities in St. Elmo, Beecher City and Brownstown, is putting together a cookbook, and it needs the help of area residents to accomplish that task.
    The district is asking residents to submit recipes for the cookbook. Those wishing to contribute recipes may either submit them at one of the library facilities or e-mail them to sbbcookbook@gmail.com.
    Each person may submit up to five recipes.

  • News Briefs

    All-School Reunion banquet is Sept. 22

    Reservations are now being accepted for the banquet being held as part of the Vandalia Community High School All-School Reunion.
    The reunion is held during the VCHS homecoming weekend, with the banquet set for the evening of Saturday, Sept. 22.
    A social hour with a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres will be held from 5-6:30 p.m., and dinner is from 6:30-8 p.m.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 23

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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, August 24

  • Schools to see drops in state funding

    Though the budget year is nearly two months old, the state funding picture still isn’t clear enough for the Vandalia Board of Education to approve a final 2012-13 budget for the district.
    And, according to all signs coming from Springfield, it won’t be a pretty budget when it is finalized next month.

  • Back to School
  • Meeting on VVFD study set for Sept. 15

    The Vandalia City Council agreed to allow a committee formed to study the city’s volunteer fire department funding sources and operations invite someone with experience in that area to a public meeting next month.
    Mayor Rick Gottman told the council on Monday that the fire department study committee will hold a public meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, at city hall.