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  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, November 11

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia will hold a Veterans Day program at 1:30 p.m. at the Legion Home, 321 S. Seventh St., Vandalia.
    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.

  • Community memorial services is Sunday at 1 p.m.

    The winter holidays are generally perceived as “the most wonderful time of the year.” But for those who are facing grief after the death of a loved one, the holidays may, instead, be a time filled with pain and sadness.
    Even those for whom grief is not as fresh, the holidays may serve as an annual reminder of the loss – not only of that person, but of tradition and celebration.
    Bereavement professionals working in hospice and palliative care understand how difficult this season can be.
    They support families coping with loss all year long.

  • 'Songs of the Civil War' is next Friday

    When you attend “Songs of the Civil War,” you may see a tall fellow with a slouch hat shading his eyes, with baggy pants and suspenders, and toting a guitar and banjo. Chances are you’ve run into Bob Welch.
    Welch performs songs of the Civil War period, singing and accompanying himself on guitar and banjo.
    “Songs of the Civil War – Lincoln and Liberty, Too” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12, at the Mother of Dolors Catholic Church Parish Hall, located at Seventh and St. Clair streets in Vandalia.

  • News Briefs

    Veterans Day program is next Thursday

     

    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia will hold a Veterans Day program at 1:30 p.m. next Thursday at the Legion Home, 321 S. Seventh St.

    The program will include patriotic messages and music.

    The public is invited to attend, and refreshments will be served after the program.

     

    One-woman play is Sunday

     

  • Community Calendar-Nov. 4, 2010

    Thursday, November 4
    ✔ 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.

  • Council OKs TIF funds for VCHS all-weather track

    City officials agreed on Monday to help with the installation of an all-weather track at Vandalia Community High School.
    The city council unanimously approved a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) agreement through which the city will contribute $65,000 in each of the next five years, or $325,000 total, for the new track.
    The TIF contribution is one of five funding sources for the track, which district officials estimate will cost about $500,000.

  • Election Day Assistance

    Election judge Bill Borberly explains the correct way to cast a ballot to one of the voters at the Mother of Dolors Catholic Church Parish Hall polling place on Tuesday afternoon.

  • Psychiatric report for teen charged with murder still not completed

    An attorney representing a 15-year-old rural Farina youth charged with fatally shooting a Loogootee couple in their home told a judge on Friday that the youth’s psychiatric evaluation still has not been completed.
    After Monroe McWard, the Taylorville attorney representing Clifford W. Baker, told Judge Ericka Sanders that Dr. Frederick Klug had not completed the evaluation, Sanders said she expected the report to be filed in time for the next status hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    That status hearing has been set for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23.

  • City planning to hike three tax levy rates

    The local CPA firm that performs the city of Vandalia’s annual audit reminded city officials on Monday night that they are not levying the maximum amount allowable for three funds, and that they could consider doing so to help with their budget deficit.
    About four hours later, the Vandalia City Council voted to levy the maximum amounts for the city’s corporate, fire protection and police protection funds.

  • Calm election day in Fayette County

    Illinois residents were still waiting on Wednesday to see who had won the state’s gubernatorial race. In Fayette County, however, there was no suspense on the evening of Tuesday’s general election, with only one local contest on the ballot.
    That contest was in Fayette County Board District 1, where Democrat incumbent Loy Staff defeated Republican challenger David Challans.