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  • Moose donates stuffed animals

    Vandalia Moose Lodge No. 1447 this week donated a number of Tommy Moose stuffed animals to local emergency response agencies. Local police officers and firefighters will give the stuffed animals to youngsters to comfort them in emergency situations. Lodge No. 1447 Gov. Stan Kelly (far left) and Administrator Tom Workman (second from right) presented the stuffed animals to, from left to right, Fayette County Sheriff Aaron Lay, Vandalia Police Chief Larry Eason and Vandalia Fire Department Chief Merle Adermann.

  • Local man pleads guilty to federal drug charges

    Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced last Friday that Cristy Davis, 28, formerly of Greenville, and Casey Kistler, 29, of Vandalia, pleaded guilty last Wednesday and Friday, respectively, in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis to an indictment charging them with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine.
    The offense carries a penalty of 10 years to life in prison, a fine of up to $8 million and not less than five years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

  • FAYCO holds open house, ribbon-cutting ceremony for Images facility

  • Taking attorney's advice, council declines request to discuss smoking law

    The owner of a bar who has been ticketed three times for violating the city ordinance on public health and safety asked the Vandalia City Council on Monday to hold off on those tickets until the court hears her arguments on the validity of that local law.
    But the mayor said city officials would not discuss such a request on the advice of its legal counsel.

  • Community Calendar-Sept. 23, 2010

    Thursday, September 23

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon at Days Inn.

    Friday, September 24

    ✔ The Vandalia Community High School homecoming parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the high school and travel downtown.

  • Police holding 'no questions asked' collection

    The Vandalia Police Department, in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, will conduct a “no questions asked” collection of pharmaceuticals and other medications that are expired, unwanted or unused.
    Residents may place the items in a box that will be in the lobby of the police department at 221 S. Fifth St.
    Police will not ask those taking advantage of the service for identification and will not attempt to identify those people in any manner.

  • Corn Day is Saturday

    The Vandalia Main Street Program is holding its annual Corn Day festival this Saturday in downtown Vandalia.
    The schedule for Corn Day is as follows:
    • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Inflatable bouncers, with $3 armbands for unlimited play available.
    • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Build-A-Scarecrow booth.
    • 11 a.m. – Little Miss and Little Mister Corn Day pageant.
    • Noon-2 p.m. – Sidewalk chalk art contest, with judging at 2 p.m.
    • 1-4 p.m. – Live music by “Charlie’s Jam Band.”

  • Firemen busy on Friday

  • School board OKs bonds for two building projects

    Though the Vandalia School Board’s regular meeting lasted only 45 minutes, the board covered a lot of ground – holding two special meetings prior to the regular monthly meeting on Tuesday night.
    First on the agenda was a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. to consider the sale of $300,000 in school fire prevention and safety bonds to finance recent Health/Life Safety improvements in the district.

  • Council delays funds for Main Street

    Two weeks after approving funding for the Vandalia Main Street Program, the Vandalia City Council agreed to hold off on writing that check.
    After a 20-minute discussion, the council excluded a $3,750 payment to Main Street from the list of special bills.
    That discussion was initiated by Alderman Mike Hobler, who was not present at the Sept. 6 meeting when the council voted 7-0 to approve a request from Main Street for half of the $7,500 funding included in the current city budget.