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  • Vandalia Cleanup Week is May 14-18

    Vandalia residents who are customers of Doty Sanitation will have the opportunity to get rid of unwanted items during the city’s annual Cleanup Week May 14-18.
    The unwanted items are to be placed alongside regular trash on residents’ normal trash pickup days.
    Residents wishing to get rid of old appliances and other large items are not required to call city hall. They need only to place those large items out with their regular trash.

  • Bird count set for May 5

    The selected date for the Fayette County Spring Bird Count is Saturday, May 5.
    Fayette County, along with the other 101 Illinois counties, will be participating in the 40th annual statewide Spring Bird Count that day.
    The count is sponsored by the Illinois Audubon Society, Illinois Ornithological Society, Illinois Natural History Survey and other birding groups throughout the state.

  • News Briefs

    Lions Mobile Sight Unit here Friday

    The Vandalia Lions Club will host the Lions’ Mobile Sight Testing Unit at Walmart in Vandalia from noon-4 p.m. this Friday.
    The Lions will offer free eye screening for diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause in new blindness for adults.
    Anyone having diabetes, as well as relatives with diabetes, and those over the age of 55 are invited to the screening.
    For more information, contact Bob DePaolo Sr. at 283-3332.

    Summer lunches meeting is May 9

  • Retiring Teachers Honored

    Four teachers in the Vandalia School District who are retiring at the end of this school year were honored last Thursday at the district's appreciation dinner.

    From left to right are: Amy Vieregge, Vandalia Community High School, 34 years; Cherie Woods, Vandalia Elementary School, 26 years; Sherry Schneider, Vandalia Jefferson Primary School, 16 years; and Rhonda Phillips, Vandalia Junior High School, 25 years.

  • VPD taking unused drugs on Saturday

    The Vandalia Police Department will be accepted expired and unused drugs without question this Saturday.
    The “no questions asked drug turn-in” is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with collection boxes set up in the lobby of the city’s Public Service Building, 221 S. Fifth St.
    The collection is allowed for individuals; doctors and medical facilities may not participate in the program. Those dropping off drugs will not be asked to identify themselves.
    Once collected, the drugs will be turned over the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and destroyed.

  • FCHD hosting women's health seminar

    The Fayette County Health Department is one of 14 health departments in Illinois to be awarded a mini-grant through the Illinois Department of Public Health to celebrate National Women’s Health Week in May.
    Next Thursday, from noon-2 p.m., nationally acclaimed speaker Bark Bancroft will speak at the FCHD facilities on West Johnson Street in Vandalia on the topic of “Hormonal Chaos.”
    During this free seminar, Bancroft will explain the role of hormones in women’s health, not just estrogen, but progesterone and testosterone, as well.

  • Lions circus is Monday

    The Vandalia Lions Club is bringing the circus to town.
    The Kelly Miller Brothers Circus will be in Vandalia on Monday for shows at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Waggoner Trucking parking lot on Janett Ave.
    Tickets purchased in advance are $10 for adults and $6 for children.
    Advance tickets are available at all locations of First National Bank of Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka, Mulberry Grove and Greenville, and at Country Market in Vandalia.
    Advance tickets are also available from Lions Club members.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Joseph B. Johnson, 24, RR 2, Ramsey, was arrested on April 24 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Duane R. O’Neal, 46, Fredericksburg, Ohio, was arrested on April 24 on a St. Clair County traffic warrant. Bond was $1,000.
    • Duran C. Dollins, 21, Vandalia, was arrested on April 24 on charges of possession of 30 grams or less of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $1,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 26

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Kaskaskia College will hold an Arbor Day celebration at 11 a.m. at the KC Vandalia Campus on West Fillmore Street. Alex Eade, a KC horticulture instructor, will be the speaker for the celebration. A light lunch will follow the speaker and a ceremonial tree-planting.

  • Chancey enters state's attorney's race

    About three weeks after Stephen Friedel announced that he would not seek a fourth term as Fayette County’s state’s attorney, his assistant has decided to run for that office.