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Local News

  • Golden Years Receives Flag

    An American flag was presented to the Griffith Cemetery in Brownstown by the Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society Program during a recent Golden Years Club meeting.

    Shown above, from left to right, are Woodmen of the World Area Manager Ed Stroh and Field Representative Kari Calame, and Griffith Cemetery Board members Donald Smail and Joe Kelly. Phyllis Pryor and Woodmen of the World family Matt and Rhonda Howard, Brady, Madison and Maizie were also present.

  • Honoring Local Veterans

    Local members of the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club (former Marines) honored veterans at Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care last Tuesday afternoon with a cookout.

    In front, from left to right, are veterans Harold Thoman, Don Blair and Lyle Ballance, Leathernecks member Sam Fogler, and veterans Charlie Metzger, Stan Oldham and Brad Elmore. In back are Leathernecks members Bill Schurt, Richard Rees and Jim Keele.

  • Rotary Club Welcomes German Exchange Group

    A six-member Rotary exchange group from Germany presented a program to Vandalia Rotarians earlier this month.

    The group was on a month-long trip in the United States, but much of their time was spent in Illinois. Pictured with the German delegation is Vandalia Rotary Club President Lyn Gartke, right.

  • CEFS Open House is next Thursday

    An open house will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, at the CEFS Fayette Outreach office, located at 517 W. Gallatin St., Vandalia.
    The open house, in celebration of Community Action Month, will include refreshments and door prizes.

  • Resource Expo is next Thursday

    The Transition Planning Committee of Fayette County will hold a Transition and Community Resource Expo next Thursday at the Lincoln School Community Center at 525 W. Lincoln St. in Vandalia
    The expo will run from 3-5 p.m. at the former Lincoln School.
    The expo will offer information on the topics of:
    • Educational and training opportunities.
    • Financial aid.
    • Employment opportunities
    • Job placement
    • Social Security
    • Housing
    • Transportation
    • Self-advocacy

  • Vandalia Cleanup Week is May 14-18

    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 14-18.
    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.

  • Bird count set for May 5

    The selected date for the Fayette County Spring Bird Count is Saturday, May 5.
    Fayette County, along with the other 101 Illinois counties, will be participating in the 40th annual statewide Spring Bird Count that day.
    The count is sponsored by the Illinois Audubon Society, Illinois Ornithological Society, Illinois Natural History Survey and other birding groups throughout the state.

  • News Briefs

    Lions Mobile Sight Unit here Friday

    The Vandalia Lions Club will host the Lions’ Mobile Sight Testing Unit at Walmart in Vandalia from noon-4 p.m. this Friday.
    The Lions will offer free eye screening for diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause in new blindness for adults.
    Anyone having diabetes, as well as relatives with diabetes, and those over the age of 55 are invited to the screening.
    For more information, contact Bob DePaolo Sr. at 283-3332.

    Summer lunches meeting is May 9

  • Retiring Teachers Honored

    Four teachers in the Vandalia School District who are retiring at the end of this school year were honored last Thursday at the district's appreciation dinner.

    From left to right are: Amy Vieregge, Vandalia Community High School, 34 years; Cherie Woods, Vandalia Elementary School, 26 years; Sherry Schneider, Vandalia Jefferson Primary School, 16 years; and Rhonda Phillips, Vandalia Junior High School, 25 years.

  • VPD taking unused drugs on Saturday

    The Vandalia Police Department will be accepted expired and unused drugs without question this Saturday.
    The “no questions asked drug turn-in” is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with collection boxes set up in the lobby of the city’s Public Service Building, 221 S. Fifth St.
    The collection is allowed for individuals; doctors and medical facilities may not participate in the program. Those dropping off drugs will not be asked to identify themselves.
    Once collected, the drugs will be turned over the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and destroyed.