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  • Veterans Tribute, ABATE Fun Fest are this weekend

    A tribute to local veterans on Friday evening will include a performance by an Air Force band.
    The next day, a variety of activities will be offered during a festival sponsored by the Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE (A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education) and the Vandalia Tourism Commission.
    The Armed Forces Tribute on Friday evening on the Vandalia Statehouse lawn will get under way with a pork chop dinner provided by the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance. The meal will cost $5, and serving is from 5-7:30 p.m.

  • Arbor Day Improvements in Patoka

    Several Patoka officials and a number of volunteers did landscaping work at the Welcome to Patoka sign and also planted five trees on Saturday.

    In the first photo, Stacy Hood (left), the outgoing village president, and Lura Thompson get some help from Jim Eagleton in putting plants into the ground. In the second photo, Brady Thompson helps spread landscaping rock. Other volunteers included Village Treasurer Annette McNicol, Sean Cullipp, Lynn Eagleton and Pat McCabe.

  • Police offer reward for armed robbery tips

    The Vandalia Police Department is looking for the public’s help in trying to solve last Wednesday’s armed robbery of a convenience store, and it’s willing to pay for that help.
    Police Chief Jeff Ray announced on Monday that the investigation into the armed robbery at Phillips 66 shortly after 9 p.m. last Wednesday is continuing.
    Ray said that a white male who had his face covered entered the convenience store alone, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the attendant on duty.

  • County revises liquor ordinance

    Less than a month after it rejected a liquor license application, the Fayette County Board voted to clean up the wording of the county ordinance for one type of liquor license.
    The board voted unanimously on Tuesday to clarify that the holder of a Class A liquor license may only sell alcoholic beverages that are to be consumed on-site.
    Board Chairman Steve Knebel said that the board’s liquor committee met with State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison and Assistant State’s Attorney Amanda Ade-Harlow “to clarify ordinances.”

  • FS announces $5-million project

    South Central FS unveiled to city and county officials this week its plans for a $5-million facility at Vandalia’s northwest edge.

  • Police offer reward for armed robbery tips

    The Vandalia Police Department, through Fayette County Crime Watchers, is offering a reward of $500 to the first caller to provide information about last week's armed robbery that leads to an arrest and conviction.

    The armed robbery took place shortly after 9 p.m. last Wednesday at the Phillips 66 convenience store at 1333 N. Kennedy Blvd. Police said that a white male who had his face covered showed a gun and demanded money from an attendant.

    The suspect then fled on foot from the business.

  • News Briefs

    History book brochures going out

    The Fayette County Genealogical and Historical Society has been notified that brochures about its new book, Fayette County Illinois History & Families, will be delivered to area post offices on Friday for distribution to all residents of Fayette county.
    The brochure will include examples of family histories and directions for mailing or dropping off materials and ordering books.

    Band Boosters sells Cardinals tickets

  • Brownfields field day is next Wednesday

    In the fall of 2010, the city of Vandalia received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to locate and study properties that they believed could have possible petroleum contamination.
    These particular properties are called “brownfields” and are properties whose redevelopment is hindered because of perceived or real contamination.
    To date, five properties have been researched reviewing historical maps, property records and speaking, if possible, with former owners or their families, former neighboring properties, etc.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 9

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board will meet at 4 p.m. at Vandalia Airport.

  • Streetscape work under way

    The streetscape project in the 100 and 200 blocks of South Fourth Street in Vandalia are well under way, with work delayed late last week and early this week by rain. In the photo above, Ronnie Smith tears out sidewalk in the 100 block of South Fourth Street.