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  • New Cemetery Signage

    The old sign at the entrance of South Hill and Fairlawn cemeteries in Vandalia, shown in a photo taken by Alderman Neil F. Clark, was replaced last week with a new monument sign.

    The new sign was donated to the city by the family of George Stombaugh, with support from memorial funds received by the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department and a donation from Bob and Ruth Chandler.

  • Pursuit of escapee ends with wreck in Vandalia

    Charges are pending against an Oswego woman who escaped and stole a car while being transferred from one correctional facility to another.
    Latonya Sanders, 40, was taken into custody late Saturday evening after the stolen vehicle she was driving crashed on the west edge of Vandalia.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Sanders was being transferred by a private extradition company when she stole the car she was being transferred in. She allegedly took the vehicle during a stop at a Circle K station in Effingham, according to the ISP.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, May 31

    ✔ 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 informational meeting on the new drug testing policy for students in extracurricular activities at Vandalia Community High School will be held at 6 p.m. in the VCHS gym.
    ✔ 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, June 1

  • Remembering Those Who Gave All

    Memorial Day observances were held on Monday in Vandalia, St. Elmo and Brownstown.

  • Relay for Life is this weekend

    The 15th annual Fayette County Relay for Life is being held this weekend in Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia.
    The event gets under way when the grounds open at 4:30 p.m. Cancer survivor registration begins and “Rick Stanberry and the Family of One” will be performing at that time.
    The remainder of the schedule is as follows:
    • 5-8 p.m. – Kids’ Zone, featuring games, face-painting and balloon animals.

  • Fayette Water about ready to start next phase

    The Fayette Water Co. is getting close to starting an extension project that will provide water to people living northwest of Vandalia.
    That means that the deadline for people in that area to sign up for water service is nearing. One such chance to signup will come during a meeting in about 2 1/2 weeks.
    The latest Fayette Water project will provide water for residents of the Vandalia Lake area, as well as residents of Sharon and Shafter townships.
    It will install 10 miles of water lines northwest of Vandalia to serve those residents.

  • John P. Provinzano, 60, Highland

    John Pietro Provinzano, 60, of Highland, formerly of Vandalia, departed this life on May 26, 2012, at 1:37 a.m., at his home, surrounded by loved ones.

    Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Meridith Funeral Home in Highland, with Deacon Ron Hesson of St. Paul’s Parish officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Mattoon. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday and from 8 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday, both at the funeral home. Memorials: Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

  • Hometown Heroes

    Roger Ledbetter was a childhood friend of mine.  We lived north and then west of the twin pumps  near Brownstown – back to the area of the Bluff City blacktop – back in the 1950s and ’60s.

  • Hometown Heroes

    It’s no surprise that Doug Engeljohn is committed to serving the residents of St. Elmo as both a member and the chief of the city’s fire department.

  • VFW Patriotic Art Contest Winners

    The Vandalia Community High School winners in the VFW Young American Creative Patriotic Art contest are shown with VFW officials.