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Local News

  • Shriners Thank Clinic Volunteers
  • National Road Festival is this weekend

    A festival this weekend in downtown Vandalia will offer a number of activities, as well as a chance for local residents to honor their fathers.
    The National Road Festival gets under way on Friday evening and runs throughout the day on Saturday.
    The festival kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday with a supper served by the Vandals Sports Boosters. The Sports Boosters will offer a pork barbecue meal and a hot dog meal for children, with the cost being $6 for adults and $4 for children.

  • 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