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Local News

  • Residents voice opposition to proposed tax rate increases

    Twenty residents showed up on Monday evening to hear about the city of Vandalia’s plan to consider raising three rates on its new tax levy, and more than a quarter of them voiced opposition to the plan.
    The city’s auditor, Timmermann and Co. Ltd., told city officials earlier this month that it could consider raising the corporate, fire protection and police protection rates to the maximum allowable by law as part of its effort to address a budget shortfall of about $250,000.

  • Teen fit to stand trial

    A rural Farina teen charged with murdering a Loogootee couple in their home in August has been ruled mentally fit to stand trial.
    In a brief hearing on Tuesday morning in Fayette County Circuit Court, Associate Judge Allan Lolie of Shelby County accepted the mental evaluation on Clifford Baker as submitted by Dr. Fred Krug of Nashville.
    In performing the psychiatric evaluation, Krug conducted interviews and reviewed police reports as well as Baker’s school and medical records

  • Depot burns again

     

    A little more than three years after a Vandalia restaurant and lounge was gutted by fire, and just eight months after new owners reopened the business, it was destroyed by an early-morning blaze.
    Investigators are continuing to look into the fire early last Thursday morning that burned out The Depot Steakhouse and Lounge, located in the structure in the 100 block of South Sixth St. that formerly served as the town’s railroad depot.

  • Remembering Loved Ones

    The Fayette County Health Department Hospice held its fourth annual Community Memorial Service on Sunday at First Church of God in rural Vandalia.

  • Friends and Families of FCH holding raffle

    Friends & Families of Fayette County Hospital has begun selling tickets for its annual meat raffle.
    The grand prize of the raffle is a $500 bundle of meat from Givens Meat Shop. Two other prizes of $250 worth of meat also will be awarded at a drawing that will be held on Dec. 14.

  • News Briefs

    Merchants Co-op plan weekend event

    The Downtown Vandalia Merchants Co-op will sponsor a two-day shopping event this weekend, with specials in participating stores and a live reindeer Friday evening.
    The promotion, called Winter Wonderland, will be held as a part of the Olde Tyme Christmas event in Vandalia. Winter Wonderland runs from 5-9 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, November 18

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon at Days Inn.
    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department will hold a family flu shot clinic from 2:45-3:45 p.m. at the FCHD office, 509 W. Edwards St., Vandalia. Appointments are required; call 283-1044.

  • Veterans Day Program

    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia held a Veterans Day program last Thursday at the Legion Home.

  • Location of Vosholler services changed

    The location for services for Tamara Vosholler, 16, of rural Vernon, has been changed.

    Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at First Baptist Church in Patoka, with the Rev. David Rogers officiating. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday at Day Funeral Home in Patoka. Memorials: Vandalia Community High School wrestling team. Online condolences may be made at www.dayfuneralhomes.com.

  • Depot burns early Thursday

    For the second time in a little more than three years, The Depot Restaurant was destroyed by fire.

    Vandalia firefighters were called to The Depot, located at 107 S. Sixth St. in Vandalia, at about 1:45 a.m. Thursday morning after Dennis Grubaugh smelled smoke and noticed that the building was on fire.

    Upon their arrival at the scene, firefighters saw heavy smoke pouring from the eaves on numerous sides of the building. The fire broke through the roof within 30 minutes.

    Brownstown and Ramsey firefighters were called to provide mutual aid assistance.