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  • 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.

  • SWAN making appointments

    SWAN Senior Services is taking appointments for Benefit Access, formerly called Circuit Breaker, applications for 2013.
    Applicants must have turned 65 years of age or older by Jan. 1 of last year, must become 65 years of age during 2013 or qualify as a disabled person.
    Applicants need to provide their driver’s license, Medicare card, Social Security cards and a copy of prescription drug plan, if applicable.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, February 14

    ✔ 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 of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. at the Vandalia Airport.
    ✔ 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, February 15

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young lady was 8 years old when this picture was taken 70 years ago. She lived most of her life in Vandalia and retired from Brockway.

  • We must save both band director positions

    Editor:
    I am writing in support of the Vandalia Band program. I am a 1978 graduate of Vandalia High School and I was in band. Now, my nieces and nephew are in the program. I encourage community members to please support this valuable program in any way possible, and I encourage the school board to reconsider any plans to eliminate a band director.
    All sports are important, and for many students, band is their “sport.” Being in band requires continuous practice and commitment,  and a high level of teamwork among the students.

  • Ade-Harlow is new assistant state's attorney

    A couple of factors made the position of assistant state’s attorney attractive to Amanda Ade-Harlow.

  • More E911 addressing completed

    Fayette County’s Enhanced 911 coordinator announced this week that E911 addressing is progressing in county communities.
    Kevin Jenne said that St. Peter, Rural Route 1 Farina, RR 1 Patoka and Bingham addresses have been officially changed, and notification letters mailed.
    Jenne also said that addressing for residents in RR 2 Farina and RR 3 Altamont is completed, and those residents should be receiving letters within the next week.

  • County vote on liquor issue delayed

    The Fayette County Board’s plans to act Tuesday on a request for a liquor license had to be canceled at the last minute because of a message from Vandalia officials.
    When it came time to act on a liquor license request from Steve and Michael Mabry, county board Chairman Steve Knebel addressed a group of about 25 county residents who were on hand to speak out against that request.

  • One Last Battle

    The Brownstown High School cheerleaders perform a stunt as the Bombers starting lineup was introduced prior to Friday's home contest against St. Elmo.

    It was the final basketball game between the two basketball squads, as Brownstown and St. Elmo will have cooperative squads in all sports beginning with the next school year.