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  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 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.

  • Florida man guilty of cannabis trafficking

    A Florida man faces up to 60 years in prison after being convicted of felony cannabis trafficking charges in Fayette County Circuit Court earlier this month.
    A Fayette County jury deliberated only 80 minutes before returning two guilty verdicts in the trial for Luiz M. Diaz Guillen.
    Guillen was found guilty of possessing more than 5,000 grams of cannabis with the intent to deliver and cannabis trafficking, with Fayette County Assistant State’s Attorney Matt Chancey serving as the prosecutor in the case.

  • News Briefs

    City OKs bids for properties

    Meeting in special session on Monday night, the Vandalia City Council accepted bids on two city-owned tracts of land in the city's western Interstate 70 interchange.
    Rick Cripe was the only bidder for 3.104 acres of land, with a bid of $31,500. Cripe submitted with his bid the required 10-percent down payment of $3,150.

  • Second Ford show at lake is next weekend

    Organizers are gearing up for the second annual regional Ford show at the Vandalia Lake campground next weekend.

  • Patoka's Community Day of Caring

    ExxonMobil employees joined hands with volunteers in the community for the fourth annual Community Day of Caring in Patoka last Friday.

  • Water Tower Rescue

    Vandalia Police Department Sgt. Jeff Ray scales to the top of the city's water tower atop Thrill Hill last Tuesday to check on an employee of Hurst-Roche Engineers who encountered medical problems while inspecting the tower and was unable to climb down the tower ladder.

  • Alderman wants more effort on notices of hearings

    As the Vandalia City Council made mention of an upcoming Zoning Board of Adjustments meeting, one alderman said he’d like city officials to consider putting a little more effort into informing residents of proposed zoning changes.
    But, another alderman said he thinks that that would be a waste of time and money.
    During Monday’s council meeting, an Aug. 22 zoning board hearing on a special use permit request filed by Margaret Summann and her father, Charles R. Sharp, was mentioned.

  • City asks residents to participate in labor survey

    Mayor Rick Gottman told the Vandalia City Council on Monday that he is talking with two prospects, and that he wants the residents of Vandalia – and the entire region – to help land those prospects.

  • News Briefs

    Tools for School distributions this week

    Tools for School, a program that provides free school supplies for Fayette County students in need in grades kindergarten through junior college, will be in operation at First Presbyterian Church on the following dates and times:
    • Thursday, Aug. 9 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Friday, Aug. 10 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Saturday, Aug. 11 – 9 a.m.-noon.
    Those picking up supplies are to enter the church, located at 1221  W. Fillmore St., through the north door.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, August 9

    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, August 11