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  • Memorial Day observances

    Local veterans organizations will honor those who died while serving in the military with programs on Monday.
    Vandalia
    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 will hold its Memorial Day program at 11 a.m. at the Legion Home, located at 321 S. Seventh St.

  • First public meeting on new VCHS drug policy is next Thursday

    Students who plan to participate in extracurricular activities at Vandalia Community High School now will be subject to random drug and alcohol testing.
    That policy, adopted by the district board of education at its April meeting, expands the previous policy from athletics to all extracurricular activities – which are defined as “any activity where students represent Vandalia CUSD #203 voluntarily and for which no academic credit or grades are rewarded.”

  • Vandalia's burning ordinance

    AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CITY OF VANDALIA MUNICIPAL CODE AT CHAPTER 9, PUBLIC PEACE, MORALS AND WELFARE AT SECTION 9.12.060 BONFIRES
    BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF VANDALIA, ILLINOIS:
    SECTION I: That Section 9.12.060 Bonfires be and the same is amended by deletion of the existing title and paragraphs A and B and substitution of the following:
    9.12.060 BURNING WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS

  • City has new burning law

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday a new ordinance governing burning in the city, an amended version that is much like the one it replaces.
    Under the new ordinance, city residents can continue to burn leaves, as long as they follow the guidelines set by law. (Ordinance on Page 16A).
    Passage of the burning ordinance amendment comes about 3½ weeks after the council’s public safety and streets committee recommended that the city continue to allow leaf-burning.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, May 24

    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, May 26

    ✔ The annual horseshoes tournament to benefit Fayette County Relay for Life will be held at Eric Miller's residence. For more information, contact Miller at 846-2861 or Daisy Hipsher at 780-8265.

  • Peace Officers Week

    Mayor Rick Gottman, left, signed a proclamation declaring this week as Peace Officers Week in Vandalia, to recognize the efforts of local police officers to serve and protect Vandalia residents. With Gottman is Vandalia Chief of Police Larry Eason.

  • Laborers' Roadblock Day

    Mayor Rick Gottman, right, signed a proclamation declaring this Saturday Southern and Central Illinois Laborers' Roadblock Day. On Saturday, laborers will be collecting funds, with the donations used to help disabled children in Southern and Central Illinois. With Gottman is Joe Hill, field representative for Laborers' Local 1197.

  • Relay for Life Kickoff is Saturday

    A kickoff event for this year's Relay for Life will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday at Family Video, located at Seventh and Gallatin streets in Vandalia.
    The event will include balloon animals created by Bill Beard, face-painting, pizza from Lorenzo's and Joe's Pizza, Wii-playing, a cheese tray provided by Liberty Cheese Shoppe and prizes from Family Video, Subway, Jenny's BBQ, Cut Loose Salon, Arthur Young Inc. and other merchants.

  • We Apologize

    It was incorrectly stated in last week's Community section that Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hall had recently moved from Greenville to Vandalia. They moved from Greenville to Vandalia.

    We apologize for the error.

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    It was incorrectly stated in last week's Public Record that Satisha L. Santandrea was arrested for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. She had failed to appear in a divorce case.
    We apologize for the error.

  • VPD Bike Rodeo