Local News

  • HCE holds annual meeting

    By Panzi Blackwell
    Thirty-one members representing the seven units – Bingham/Ramsey, Sefton, St. Elmo, St. Peter, Vandalia Day, Wheatland and Wright’s Corner – attended the 64th annual meeting of the Fayette County Association for Home and Community Education (HCE). The event was held Tuesday, June 12, in the Holy Cross Lutheran Church fellowship hall in Vandalia.

  • FCHD taking immunization appointments

    Fayette County Health Department is offering school immunization clinics for students entering kindergarten and grades 6-9 on July13 and Aug. 10, by appointment only.
    Children entering kindergarten usually need the following three vaccines: Kinrix, M.M.R. and Varicella.
    Students entering the sixth through ninth grades are required to have a TDaP.
    The cost for vaccine administration for children is $23 for the first immunization, then $10 for each additional immunization given that day.

  • Beekeepers group to hold meeting here Saturday

    The 2012 Illinois State Beekeepers Association’s summer meeting will be held at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus this Saturday.
    This meeting is being hosted by one of this area’s local clubs, the St. Clair Beekeepers Association.
    Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and the program runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    The keynote speaker will be Dr. Dewey Caron, emeritus professor of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware and affiliate professor in the department of horticulture at Oregon State University.

  • Farina 4th celebration will be held on July 7

    Farina will hold its Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 7, at the Farina Village Park.
    The schedule for the celebration is as follows:
    • 1 p.m. – Parade signup.
    • 2 p.m. – Parade begins.
    • 2:30 p.m. – Food stand opens.
    • 3-9 p.m. – Kids’ games.
    • 4 p.m. – American Legion opening ceremony, including the presentation of colors and the national anthem by Kyla Stevens.
    • 4-9 p.m. – Bingo.
    • 4:30 p.m. – Cake walk.

  • News Briefs

    Vandalia Idol prelims, finals Saturday

    Because of conflicts in the community, Soroptimist International of Vandalia has changed the schedule for the Vandalia Idol competition.
    The audition and finale will now be held on one night, this Saturday. The program will begin at 6 p.m.
    Twelve individuals have registered for this year’s competition. Four competitors will advance to the final round of competition.
    The judges for this year’s Vandalia Idol are Catherine Burgess, Nancy Childress and Scott Gercken.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • A 15-year-old youth was arrested on June 25 on an alleged probation violation. The youth was transferred to the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center.
    • Jacob D. Tedrick, 23, 922 W. Tower St., Vandalia, was arrested on June 25 on an alleged violation of probation. Bond was $2,500.
    • Jeffrey A. Beck, 39, RR 2, Brownstown, was arrested on June 25 for failure to appear in court in Vermillion County. Bond was $5,000, and he was transferred to that county.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, June 28

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will hold a special program at 10 a.m. Scovill Zoo in Decatur will bring animals for children to learn about and touch.
    ✔ 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, June 30

  • Firefighters kept busy over past week

    Vandalia’s volunteer firefighters have been kept busy within the past week.

  • Council OKs selling city land

    Meeting only briefly on Monday evening, the Vandalia City Council took action designed to lure two commercial businesses.
    During that meeting, which lasted only two minutes, the council voted to seek bids on two parcels of land that the city owns in the western Interstate 70 interchange area.
    Two ordinances on the sale of those parcels actually replace two ordinances OK’d by the council at its June 18 meeting.
    One ordinance allows the city to accept bids on roughly 3.104 acres of land in the western interchange area.

  • Talks on city officials' pay begin

    A Vandalia City Council committee has formed recommendations on future salaries for the town’s mayor and aldermen.
    But the salaries for Vandalia’s city clerk and city treasurer are still up for discussion. Those discussions will include the possibility of combining the treasurer’s duties with those of the clerk.
    Under state law, the city council is required to approve salary levels for elected city officials at least 180 days prior to the election for those officials.