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  • Aid sought for Lincoln School

    Last year, the Vandalia Park District Board asked the Corbell-Denny Memorial Foundation to allow the Cub Scout Pack and other Scout groups, as needed, to transfer their meetings and activities to Lincoln School.
    Due to questions about the safety and building structural soundness of Evans Scout House – the result of log deterioration and termite damage for several years – the park district wanted to eliminate any potential problems for the Scouts by finding them a safer home, while a final decision on the future of the Scout House is being made.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, December 22

    ✔ 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.
    Friday, December 23

    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 3-7 p.m. at St. Elmo Elementary School. All individuals presenting themselves as donors will receive a long-sleeve American Red Cross T-shirt.

  • Stombaugh family donating cemetery sign

    The Vandalia City Council voted on Monday to accept a memorial for a former fire chief that will also serve as a permanent sign for Vandalia’s two main cemeteries.

  • New school levy with 4.76-percent increase approved Tuesday

    The Vandalia Board of Education approved a tax levy request of $3,985,340 at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday. Those funds were estimated using a tax levy rate of $5.18 per $100 of assessed valuation, which is down slightly from last year’s rate of $5.26.
    The requested tax funds reflect an aggregate levy increase of 4.76 percent. The taxable Equalized Assessed Valuation in the district is anticipated to rise by 4.98 percent – from $99,277,014 in 2010 to $104,224,962 in 2011.

  • Still Caring, Still Sharing

    For 3½ decades, Fayette County residents of all ages have pulled together to provide a Merry Christmas for their less-fortunate neighbors.

  • School traffic flow at issue

    A month after the city council approved an ordinance change designed to improve traffic flow around Vandalia schools in the area of Eighth and Fletcher streets, a city resident is saying that that plan isn’t working.
    “It does not fix the problem,” Dorothy Crawford told the council on Monday night. “It actually makes it worse.”
    The ordinance amendment approved by the council on Nov. 21 called for two changes on Fletcher Street:
    -No westbound or eastbound driver can turn left onto Eighth Street.

  • Plea in Brownstown Schools theft case

    A Brownstown man has pleaded guilty to stealing from one tax entity and is continuing to work on settling the case involving theft from another entity.
    Rodney L. Deal, 55, pleaded guilty last Wednesday to a count of theft that alleged that he took copper valued at more than $300 from the Brownstown School District in June of last year.
    The plea agreement for the Class 3 felony includes a sentence of 120 days in the county jail, with work release privileges and no day-for-day good time credit.
    Deal was also placed on probation for 30 months.

  • Mad Dogs Donate to Toys for Tots

    The Mad Dogs Motorcycle Club presented on Friday its annual donation to the Toys for Tots program at Arthur Young Inc.

  • YMCA kicks off Strong Kids Campaign

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County has received help from Ameren Illinois in kicking off this year’s Strong Kids Campaign.

  • Celebrating by Candlelight

    The Vandalia Statehouse held its Christmas Open House on Saturday evening, welcoming hundreds of area residents to Illinois' oldest existing capitol.