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  • Hicks reinstated; Krueger named dean of students

    The Vandalia Board of Education filled a variety of positions for the coming school year at its monthly meeting on Tuesday.

  • 5 killed in I-70 wreck

    The investigation into a Monday morning accident on Interstate 70 that caused the deaths of five Pennsylvania men could take months to complete, according to the Illinois State Police.

  • UPDATE: Names of accident victims released

    The names of the five people who were killed in a one-vehicle accident on Monday on Interstate 70 have been released by Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen.

    The dead have been identified as 54-year-old Emerson Baldwin, 53-year-old Andrew Canada, 42-year-old Antonie Mitchell, 52-year-old Mark William and 29-year-old Thomas Coleman. All are from the Philadelphia, Pa., area.

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  • Motorcycle Awareness Month

    Mayor Rick Gottman, shown with three members of the Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE (A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education) has signed a proclamation declaring May as Motorcycle Awareness Month in Vandalia. The proclamation recognizes the efforts of ABATE to promote motorcycle safety and awareness. Pictured, from left to right, are Eric Ward, ABATE activity chairman; Jeff Moulton, ABATE president; Gottman; and Jim Pryor, ABATE legislative chairman.

  • Peace Officers Week

    Mayor Rick Gottman, right, has proclaimed May 12-18 as Peace Officers Week in Vandalia. Shown with Gottman is Police Chief Jeff Ray. The proclamation recognizes the work done by city police officers in protecting residents and their property.

  • Area graduations are this weekend

    Commencement exercises will be held this weekend at all seven area high schools.
    The schedule is as follows:
    Friday
    • Patoka High School-7 p.m.
    Saturday
    • Mulberry Grove High School-1 p.m.
    • South Central High School-7 p.m.
    •Vandalia Community High School-7 p.m.
    • St. Elmo High School-7 p.m.
    Sunday
    • Ramsey High School-3 p.m.
    • Brownstown High School-3 p.m.

  • Improvements in Patoka

    Makaylee Splechter and other members of Patoka Brownie Troop 8855 were busy doing landscaping at the building that will soon host the community's food pantry, Contagious Faith Ministry.

  • Handrails Added on Gallatin

    After receiving reports of people inadvertently stepping off of the raised sidewalk areas in front of some businesses on Gallatin Street, the city of Vandalia decided to install handrails at those locations.

    The handrails were installed last week, including this one in front of NOISE Music and Sound.

  • Vandalia Pool opens May 31

    The Vandalia Public Swimming Pool will open on Friday, May 31
    The pool hours will be: Sunday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.; and Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. only. Private Parties are held from 6-8 p.m.
    Wednesday mornings, from June 12-Aug. 7, are free from 9-11 a.m.
    Admission is $4.00 for everyone over the age of 4; those 4 and under are free.
    Those who pay to swim from 1-5 p.m. may swim for free from 6-8 p.m. by getting their hand stamped before they leave in the afternoon.
    Season Passes are:

  • News Briefs

    VCHS class of '93 planning reunion

    The Vandalia Community High School class of 1993 is holding its 20-year reunion on Saturday, June 29, at the Vandalia Country and Golf Club.
    It will include a golf scramble from 8 a.m.-noon, family swimming from noon-3 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.
    Organizers have tried to contact fellow classmates by email or on Facebook. Those who graduated in 1993 and have not received an evite may contact Julie Withers at 283-8727 for details.

    Seniors alerted of medical scam