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  • Peace Officers Week

    Mayor Rick Gottman, right, has proclaimed May 12-18 as Peace Officers Week in Vandalia. Shown with Gottman is Police Chief Jeff Ray. The proclamation recognizes the work done by city police officers in protecting residents and their property.

  • Area graduations are this weekend

    Commencement exercises will be held this weekend at all seven area high schools.
    The schedule is as follows:
    Friday
    • Patoka High School-7 p.m.
    Saturday
    • Mulberry Grove High School-1 p.m.
    • South Central High School-7 p.m.
    •Vandalia Community High School-7 p.m.
    • St. Elmo High School-7 p.m.
    Sunday
    • Ramsey High School-3 p.m.
    • Brownstown High School-3 p.m.

  • Improvements in Patoka

    Makaylee Splechter and other members of Patoka Brownie Troop 8855 were busy doing landscaping at the building that will soon host the community's food pantry, Contagious Faith Ministry.

  • Handrails Added on Gallatin

    After receiving reports of people inadvertently stepping off of the raised sidewalk areas in front of some businesses on Gallatin Street, the city of Vandalia decided to install handrails at those locations.

    The handrails were installed last week, including this one in front of NOISE Music and Sound.

  • Vandalia Pool opens May 31

    The Vandalia Public Swimming Pool will open on Friday, May 31
    The pool hours will be: Sunday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.; and Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. only. Private Parties are held from 6-8 p.m.
    Wednesday mornings, from June 12-Aug. 7, are free from 9-11 a.m.
    Admission is $4.00 for everyone over the age of 4; those 4 and under are free.
    Those who pay to swim from 1-5 p.m. may swim for free from 6-8 p.m. by getting their hand stamped before they leave in the afternoon.
    Season Passes are:

  • News Briefs

    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.
    It will include a golf scramble from 8 a.m.-noon, family swimming from noon-3 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.
    Organizers have tried to contact fellow classmates by email or on Facebook. Those who graduated in 1993 and have not received an evite may contact Julie Withers at 283-8727 for details.

    Seniors alerted of medical scam

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 16

    ✔ 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, May 17

    ✔ A bake sale to benefit Fayette County Relay for Life will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Family Video on Gallatin Street in Vandalia.

  • Veterans Tribute, ABATE Fun Fest are this weekend

    A tribute to local veterans on Friday evening will include a performance by an Air Force band.
    The next day, a variety of activities will be offered during a festival sponsored by the Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE (A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education) and the Vandalia Tourism Commission.
    The Armed Forces Tribute on Friday evening on the Vandalia Statehouse lawn will get under way with a pork chop dinner provided by the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance. The meal will cost $5, and serving is from 5-7:30 p.m.

  • Arbor Day Improvements in Patoka

    Several Patoka officials and a number of volunteers did landscaping work at the Welcome to Patoka sign and also planted five trees on Saturday.

    In the first photo, Stacy Hood (left), the outgoing village president, and Lura Thompson get some help from Jim Eagleton in putting plants into the ground. In the second photo, Brady Thompson helps spread landscaping rock. Other volunteers included Village Treasurer Annette McNicol, Sean Cullipp, Lynn Eagleton and Pat McCabe.

  • Police offer reward for armed robbery tips

    The Vandalia Police Department is looking for the public’s help in trying to solve last Wednesday’s armed robbery of a convenience store, and it’s willing to pay for that help.
    Police Chief Jeff Ray announced on Monday that the investigation into the armed robbery at Phillips 66 shortly after 9 p.m. last Wednesday is continuing.
    Ray said that a white male who had his face covered entered the convenience store alone, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the attendant on duty.