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  • Bond is $3 million in murder for hire case

    Bond has been set at $3 million for a Farina man accused of trying to having his wife killed.
    Judge James Roberts set bond for Mark G. Fulk during a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court last Wednesday afternoon.
    Also on Wednesday, Fulk, through his attorney Lou Viverito, pleaded not guilty to the charge of solicitation of murder for hire, a Class X felony.

  • City, council support FS project

    After no one showed up to ask questions about or voice opinions on the plans of South Central FS to build a new facility, the Vandalia City Council unanimously approved a letter of support for that project.
    Also on Monday, the Fayette County Board gave unanimous support for the project.
    As South Central FS officials unveiled its plans for a new facility at the city’s western Interstate 70 interchange last Monday, the council agreed to hold a public hearing prior to the city council meeting on Monday.

  • 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.