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  • Police urge residents to lock vehicles

    Three months after encouraging residents to lock their vehicles at all times, the Vandalia Police Department is repeating that message.
    Chief Larry Eason reported on Monday that that past weekend, his department handled five reports of thefts from vehicles, as well as two more theft attempts.
    This comes after the VPD handled nine similar cases over a 13-day period in July.
    Eason emphasized that in all cases over this past weekend, none of the vehicles were locked. There were no report of vehicle break-ins or attempted break-ins, he said.

  • MGFPD sets two informational meetings

    The Mulberry Grove Fire Protection District will hold two public meetings in the near future to inform area residents about its plans to expand its boundaries.
    The informational meetings scheduled are:
    • Saturday, Oct. 13 – Bethel Baptist Church, 5 p.m.,
    • Saturday, Oct. 20 – Bear Grove Township building in Hagarstown, 5 p.m.
    Mulberry Grove Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar said the district began the process of expanding its boundaries about being requested to do so by people living in rural areas.

  • Long-time Crossing Guard Honored

    The city of Vandalia on Monday honored Linda England, who has served as a school crossing guard for 16 years.

    England recently resigned due to health reasons. Presenting England, center, with a plaque at Monday's city council meeting were Police Chief Larry Eason, left, and Mayor Ricky Gottman.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 4

    ✔ The Alternative Education Programs will hold parent-teacher conferences from 3-6 p.m. All students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m.
    ✔ 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, October 5

  • A Grande Weekend

    The 43rd annual Grande Levée was held on Saturday on the Vandalia Statehouse grounds, with the Budabi Brothers juggling act (above) being among the more popular attractions.

    At right, Abraham Lincoln presenter Joe Woodard of Hazel Dell delivers a speech about his opposition to slavery in the House of Representatives chambers in the Statehouse. More photos from the Grande Levée, and from the Vandalia Tourism Commission's Harvest Festival, are in a photo gallery.

  • Second annual fuNFest is this Saturday

    The second annual fuNFest will be held from noon-6 p.m. this Saturday at Gatch Lake, with lots of food; many fun activities for the kids, including two bounce houses; many prizes; raffle gift baskets; silent auction; bake sale; cake walk; $1,000 cow patty bingo; silent auction; and gun raffles.

  • Mayor fighting temporary closure of I-70 exit

    Major improvements to a section of Interstate 70 just outside Vandalia in the near future could hurt businesses near one of its exits while that work is being done
    Vandalia’s mayor told the city council on Monday that he is working to keep the impact on those businesses to a minimum.
    Rick Gottman told the council that he learned recently that the Illinois Department of Transportation will be replacing the two I-70 bridges over the Kaskaskia River just east of the 63-mile exit at Vandalia.

  • Fire committee completes study

    The chief of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department announced on Monday that a committee formed to study fire protections in areas outside the community had formulated a recommendation.
    Ed Taylor, who served as chairman of that exploratory committee, presented its two-part recommendation at Monday evening’s city council meeting.
    The first part of the recommendation reads as follows:

  • Kaskaskia College

    Charcoal drawing class
    The Kaskaskia College Office of Continuing/Community Education will offer a charcoal drawing class at the Vandalia Campus on Thursdays, Oct. 11-25, from 6-8 p.m.
    The registration number is COED 7003 VA01E.
    Students will learn how to use charcoals for rendering subjects such as still lifes and landscapes; and focus on color, harmony and composition.
    A list of supplies will be furnished to students. The cost is $25; students over 60 may register at no cost.

    ‘Memoir-Life Story’ class

  • News Briefs

    Saturday is Drug Take Back Day

    Unused prescription drugs can be dropped off at the Vandalia Police Department from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday. The police department is in the Public Safety Building at 221 S. Fifth St.
    The drugs should be placed in the box that will be in the lobby of the police department.
    The Drug Take Back Day program is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. The drugs will be collected by the DEA and destroyed.