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  • Farina's celebration is this Saturday

    Farina will hold its Independence Day celebration this Saturday 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.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 5

    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, July 7

    ✔ Farina will hold its Independence Day Celebration at the village park. A story on the celebration is below the calendar.
    Monday, July 9

  • Alderman addresses city's appearance

    One of Vandalia’s alderman said at Monday’s city council meeting that he would like to see an effort to improve the city’s appearance.
    “We have a lot of houses in the city of Vandalia that have been abandoned, (are) dilapidated, some people living in some that they probably shouldn’t be living in,” Terry Beesley said.
    “If anybody’s got any ideas – just think about it, what we can do, maybe we can budget more next year to get some of these knocked down,” Beesley said.

  • Water order still in effect

    With the rehabilitation of one of its water towers completed and that tower ready for use, the city of Vandalia is back to its normal water storage capacity.
    But, because of the ongoing hot and dry weather conditions, the city is continuing its voluntary water conservation order.
    The city council on Monday night approved the final payment of $86,400 to Quality Assured Industrial Coatings of Alton for its work on the Thrill Hill water tower.

  • 'It's not a pretty sight'

    It started out so well.

  • Vandalia Lions' fireworks canceled

    In a joint press release, the city of Vandalia, Vandalia Fire Department and Vandalia Lions Club have announced Monday morning that the fireworks display that was to be held at Vandalia Lake this Tuesday has been canceled.

    Mayor Rick Gottman said, "All of us met late last week and determined that if no significant rain fell by 1 p.m. on Sunday, we would have no alternative but to cancel the fireworks display.

  • City issues No Burn order

    Due to the extremely dry conditions in the area. Mayor Rick Gottman has issued a No Burn Order for the corporate limits of the city of Vandalia.

    The order prohibits residents from any burning within the city limits.

    Although fireworks are already illegal within the City of Vandalia, citizens are STRONGLY urged to obey this restriction. All violators of this no burn order will be ticketed.

    The No Burn Order is in effect until further notice and is to ensure the safety of all citizens and their property.

  • City issues voluntary water conservation order

    With the lack of rain the past few months in the area and the extreme heat, the city of Vandalia is issuing a Voluntary Water Conservation Order. This order is for all water customers of the city of Vandalia.

    The Voluntary Water Conservation Order is a precautionary measure to help maintain water quality standards, and to lessen the mechanical strain placed on equipment at the city water treatment plant, water booster stations, and water distribution system.

  • St. Elmo board OKs co-op sports agreement

    The St. Elmo Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, June 18.
    All bills and financial reports for May were approved.
    Other action included:
    • Elementary school Principal Sean Hannagan reported that class letters will go out in mid-July.
    • High school Principal Brian Garrard reported that the summer building improvement projects are under way.

  • Art show winners announced

    The annual Amateur Town & Country Art Show and the Professional Art Show for 2012 was held June 16-24. A total of 208 pieces were entered in these combined shows.
    Amateur Town & Country Show
    The amateur adult art division was judged by Professor Jacob Amundson of Greenville College. Six artists entered 21 pieces in this division.