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  • 1% sales tax for schools on Tuesday's ballot

    When they go to the polls next Tuesday, Fayette County voters will be asked to approve a 1-percent sales tax that will benefit school districts in the county.

  • Dismissal of smoking tickets denied

    An attempt to dismiss city tickets issued for allowing patrons to smoke in a Vandalia bar has failed.
    At a court hearing last Friday in Fayette County Circuit Court, Judge Ericka Sanders denied a motion to dismiss three tickets issued to G&T Holdings last August for alleged smoking violations at the Redwood Inn.
    In addition to making that ruling, Sanders tentatively set May 19 as the starting date for a jury trial on the tickets.

  • Reading Partners

    Ryenne Edwards makes friends with Franklin, a collie who is the pet of Lisette Ehrat, during an orientation ssion last Tuesday for a new children's reading program at Evans Public Library in Vandalia. Through P.A.C.K. (Pups Assisting Children Kindly), trained dogs with volunteer leaders are teamed up with children age 8 and older for 20-minute reading sessions at the library on the first and third Tuesday of each month. For more information about the program, contact Jessie Blain or Linda Kelly at the library, 283-2824.

  • Dismissal of smoking tickets denied

    An attempt to dismiss city tickets issued for allowing patrons to smoke in a Vandalia bar has failed.
    At a court hearing last Friday in Fayette County Circuit Court, Judge Ericka Sanders denied a motion to dismiss three tickets issued to G&T Holdings last August for alleged smoking violations at the Redwood Inn.
    In addition to making that ruling, Sanders tentatively set May 19 as the starting date for a jury trial on the tickets.

  • Augsburg Angels will host free-will dinner Sunday

     The Augsburg Angels Relay For Life team will be hosting a free-will offering dinner at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Augsburg this Sunday in the fellowship hall.

    Porcelain crosses will be available for $3 each, and there will be a 50/50 drawing.

  • Library, park boards explain plans at public meeting

    About 25 local residents attended a meeting recently to learn about the Evans Public Library District’s plan to build sometime in the future a new facility on land now owned by the Vandalia Park District.
    Mark Miller, president of the park board, served as moderator for the meeting held at the library, which he said was being held to get residents’ opinions on the preliminary proposal to use the land now housing Evans Youth Center for a new library.

  • City OKs animal control contract

    Even though several aldermen expressed concerns, the Vandalia City Council approved on Monday a contract with Fayette County for animal control services.
    The agreement calls for the city to pay the county $10,500 per year for the next five years. Dr. Connie Heaton receives $58,000 annually to provide the service for the entire county.
    The city was the final municipality in the county to sign an agreement with the county for animal control. The other municipalities were included when the county approved a new agreement with Heaton in February.

  • Plans for more downtown work shown

    A meeting last week on more streetscape improvements in downtown Vandalia included the presentation of an option calling for the removal of a downtown landmark.
    The Vandalia City Council’s streets committee conducted last meeting last Wednesday afternoon, with members of the city’s downtown advisory committee, Fayette County representatives and members of the St. James Lutheran Church congregation also on hand.

  • Community Calendar-March 24, 2011

    Thursday, March 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    ✔ The St. Elmo School District will hold an informational meeting on the county school facility sales tax at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

  • Rotary Blood Drive Challenge

    The Vandalia Rotary Club is challenging First Baptist Church of Vandalia to see which group can produce the most blood donors in this Tuesday’s blood drive. The winning group receives a $200 prize, provided this month by Midland States Bank. If it wins, the Rotary Club, represented by president Kevin Childers, right, will give the prize money to Relay for Life, while the church, represented by the Rev. Robert Weaver, left, will give the prize money to Lighthouse Pregnancy Center. The blood drive is scheduled for next Tuesday from noon-6 p.m. at the Moose Lodge in Vandalia.