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  • Tongue Twister

    Haley Bigelow attempts to put some English on Fruit Loops she tosses, trying to land them on her partner's shaving cream-covered face, during a homecoming assembly at Vandalia Community High School last Thursday.

  • Grande Levée, Harvest Festival and Band Competition are this weekend

    Vandalia’s biggest celebration weekend of the year is this Friday and Saturday with the Grande Levée and Harvest Festival.
    The weekend also includes an inaugural band competition at Vandalia Community High School.
    The 43rd annual Grande Levée at the Vandalia Statehouse kicks off at 5 p.m. with a ham and beans dinner, and entertainment.

  • City continues talks for third water source

    The city of Vandalia is moving closer to obtaining a third water source.
    At a meeting on Monday evening, Mayor Rick Gottman and member of the city council’s water and sewer committee talked with Walt Barenfanger of Kaskaskia Springs Water Co. about a proposed agreement drafted by City Attorney Jack Johnston.
    Johnston drafted the agreement after two presentations by Barenfanger and his partner, Jeff Beckman.

  • Librarian sentenced

    The judge who sentenced former St. Elmo librarian Terri Gillespie acknowledged that he took into account numerous letters of support in deciding on her sentence.
    Gillespie, who was charged in January with two counts of felony theft for taking funds from the St. Elmo Library District, was sentenced to 30 days in jail during Friday’s hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    She pleaded guilty on Aug. 7 to one count of theft of between $10,000 and $100,000, a Class 1 felony that is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

  • Nadine Returns
  • The First First Lady

    Historical Vandalia Inc. opened its 2012 Season of Entertainment in Welsey Hall at First United Methodist Church on Sunday afternoon with a performance by Barbara Kay of Glen Carbon.

  • News Briefs

    Museum seeks yard sale donations

    The Fayette County Museum is seeking donations of items for the yard sale it will hold on Saturday, Sept. 29, during the Grande Levée and Harvest Fest.
    Donations may be dropped off at the museum between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday of next week, and between 1 and 4 p.m. this Satuday.

    Second Fun Fest set for Oct. 6

  • Fatal wreck near St. Peter

    A Louisville woman died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident near St. Peter on Sunday afternoon.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Laura K. Schnautz, 48, was driving a 1999 Toyota Corolla north on Ill. Route 185, about two miles east of St. Peter, and continued north on a gravel field road when her vehicle left the roadway on the right and struck a concrete culvert.
    The accident occurred at about 1 p.m. on Sunday.

  • Mayor urges support of Legion's flag project

    About a year and a half after they lined Gallatin Street with American flags, members of Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 noticed that the flags need to be replaced.
    Vandalia’s mayor encouraged the public on Monday to support the Post 95 project through which flags are displayed on Gallatin in good-weather months.
    Rick Gottman said at Monday’s city council meeting that the Legion is accepting donations for the flags, which cost $35 each.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 20

    ✔ 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, September 21