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Local News

  • FCHD offering another Life Smart class

    Due the overwhelming response to its Life Smart class, the Fayette County Health Department is offering an additional class.
    The class, for women age 65 and above, encourages healthy choices for a better quality of life.
    The new class will meet from 9-10 a.m., beginning on Feb. 25.
    The free, 10-week educational program is led by registered nurse Cindy Hof.
    Space in the class is limited, and pre-registration is required. To register, contact Julie Opfer at the health department, 283-1044.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Isac L. Fancher, 35, rural Edgewood, was arrested on Feb. 19 on an Effingham County warrant for a charge of aggravated batter.y Bond was $75,000.
    • Brandon E. Durre, 21, Altamont, was arrested on Feb. 17 for failure to appear in court on a charge of reckless driving. Bond was $1,500.
    • Jody L. Richards, 46, 922 W. Tower St., Vandalia, and Steven F. Stokes, 29, 1500 N. Sixth St., Vandalia, were arrested on charges of methamphetamine, meth precursor or anhydrous ammonia trafficking and possession of cannabis. Bond for each was $25,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, February 21

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-6 p.m. at the American Legion Home in St. Peter.
    ✔ Midland States Bank, located at 1611 Veterans Ave., will host a Vandalia Chamber of Commerce business after-hours from 5-7 p.m. It will include cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Those planning to attend are asked to call 283-7035 by this Thursday.

  • FFA Week

    Mayor Rick Gottman has signed a proclamation declaring this week FFA Week in Vandalia, recognizing that the organization promotes premier leadership, personal growth and career success while being a part of the students' agricultural education.

    From left to right, are Vandalia FFA chapter adviser Todd Ehlers, Sentinel Betty Carroll, Secretary Dakota White, President Jacob Rau, Gottman, Vice President Dalton Forehand, Treasurer Colton Draege and Reporter Renee Smith.

  • Rutherford addresses state issues

    The state treasurer was in town last Thursday to promote a program in his office that returns property being held by the state to its rightful owners.
    While here, Dan Rutherford also addressed comments by local residents on how the state’s financial woes are impacting this community.

  • Another eatery in the works

    It took more than seven years to get a restaurant at the land that houses the Holiday Inn Express. Now, it looks like there may be two eateries at that location.
    Robert and Vicki Ellsworth of Greenville, who announced last month that they will build a Huddle House near Holiday Inn Express, are now involved in negotiations for a second restaurant in the city’s western Interstate 70 interchange.
    Vicki Ellsworth was at Tuesday’s Vandalia City Council meeting as the council heard the first reading on a liquor license request filed by the Ellsworths.

  • One administrator post cut

    The impact of reduced state funding continued to reverberate through the Vandalia Community School District on Tuesday night as the board of education approved a plan to reorganize the administration team, beginning in the 2014-15 school year.

  • Thursday blood drive in St. Peter

    An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-6 p.m. next Thursday at the American Legion Home in St. Peter.

    It was incorrectly stated in this week's issue that the blood drive is in Vandalia. We apologize for the error.

  • Postal Service plans to cut Saturday mail in August

    U.S. Postal Service
    The U.S. Postal Service last week announced plans to transition to a new delivery schedule during the week of Aug. 5 that includes package delivery Monday through Saturday, and mail delivery Monday through Friday.
    The postal service expects to generate cost savings of approximately $2 billion annually once the plan is fully implemented.

  • News Briefs

    Rutherford visiting Vandalia

    Vandalia is one of four communities that State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is visiting as part of his I-Cash Tour in Central Illinois.
    I-Cash staff will be at the Vandalia City Hall from 2-4 p.m., with Rutherford scheduled to arrive at 3 p.m.
    Through the I-Cash program, the treasurer’s office works to determine for Illinois residents whether the state is holding any money or unclaimed property that is entitled to them.