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  • Police will accept prescription drugs this Saturday

    As part of a nationwide campaign to prevent prescription drugs from falling into the wrong hands, the Vandalia Police Department will be collected unwanted prescription drugs.
    Local residents may drop off unwanted prescription drugs at the police department, 219 S. Fifth St., between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday.

  • Vandalia's Cleanup Week is May 9-13

    Vandalia residents who are customers of Doty Sanitation will have the opportunity to get rid of unwanted items during the city’s annual Cleanup Week, May 9-13.
    The unwanted items are to be placed alongside regular trash on residents’ normal trash pickup days.
    Residents wishing to get rid of old appliances and other large items are not required to call city hall. They need only to place those large items out with their regular trash. City workers will be following Doty Sanitation crews during Cleanup Week and picking up large items set out by residents.

  • Man accused in stabbing to be in court Wednesday

    An Edgewood man who was arrested after a stabbing in the southeast corner of Fayette County a little more than a week ago was to make his first court appearance with an attorney on Wednesday.
    Walter L. West, 20, faces felony aggravated battery charges for his role in an incident on April 15 at a home in rural Laclede.
    The Illinois State Police reported that they received a 911 call about an altercation at 6:03 p.m. on April 15. Three troopers responded to the scene.

  • Community Calendar-April 28, 2011

    Thursday, April 28

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Vandalia Correctional Center for VCC employees.
    ✔ Brownstown Elementary School will hold a kindergarten open house and pre-registration from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

  • School finances still in good shape

    With two months left in the current fiscal year, the Vandalia School District continues to be in a good financial position.
    “We still have positive balances in all of our funds,” Superintendent Rich Well said about the financial report presented at last week’s Vandalia Board of Education meeting.

  • Judge denies request to suppress statements in murder case

    A judge has agreed to suppress a statement made by a Loogootee teen in an ambulance shortly after he allegedly murdered a couple living a short distance from him.
    But, Judge Michael McHenry denied a motion by Clifford Baker’s attorneys to suppress statements he made during a videotaped interview a few hours later.
    McHaney filed on Tuesday an eight-page docket entry that included his rulings on several motions argued during a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court last Friday.

  • Another spring of flooding

    Another extremely wet spring has again delayed planting for Fayette County farmers, particularly those with low-lying ground in the county.

  • Judge denies suppression of teen's videotape statement

    A judge denied on Tuesday a motion to suppress statements made by a 16-year-old Loogootee teen several hours after he allegedly murdered a neighboring couple.

    Judge Michael McHaney filed in Fayette County Circuit Court on Tuesday an eight-page docket entry that included his rulings on motions made during a hearing in the Clifford Baker case last Friday.

    Baker is charged with murdering Mike Mahon and Deb Tish in their Loogootee home last August. He is being held in the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center on $2 million bond.

  • Vandalia Lions' Easter egg hunt is at 1 p.m. on Sunday

    The Vandalia Lions Club's Easter egg hunt will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Ruemmelin Park on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia.

  • Community Calendar-April 21, 2011

    Thursday, April 21

    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Friday, April 22