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  • Community Calendar (Oct. 28)

    Thursday, October 28
    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department, as part of the Paint the Town Pink community celebration promoting national breast cancer awareness, will provide lunch and educational materials from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Lincoln Park in the 300 block of Gallatin Street in downtown Vandalia.
    ✔ 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.

  • New sales tax could offset increase in property taxes

    Representatives of Fayette County’s four school districts met Monday to hear a presentation about the benefits of enacting a county school facility tax to improve the financial position of the districts without raising property taxes.
    “This is a tremendous opportunity to bring new funds into your districts, and it needs to be discussed,” Tim King, a financial advisor from Monticello, told school board members and administrators from Vandalia, St. Elmo, Ramsey and Brownstown. Also in attendance was Steve Knebel, chairman of the Fayette County Board.

  • Senate candidates spar at Vandalia Statehouse in final days before Nov. 2 mid-term elections

    Squaring off in the room where Abraham Lincoln began his career in politics as a state representative, the two men vying for a seat in the Illinois Senate agreed that the state needs changes to make it more business-friendly.
    But during a forum sponsored by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce and WMPB-WKRV Radio last Tuesday, Kyle McCarter and Tim Dudley disagreed on other points, including what needs to be done to cure Illinois’ financial ills.

  • Halloween in Vandalia

    Vandalia's celebration of Halloween gets under way this Saturday when Vandalia Main Street holds is Spooktacular Saturday.

    The event includes a storytime at Evans Public Library at 9:45 a.m., a children's costume contest at 10 a.m. at Family Video and trick-or-treating at downtown businesses at 10:30 am.

  • Vandalia firefighter injured at Effingham fire scene

    One of five Vandalia firefighters who provided mutual aid assistance for a fire in Effingham on Wednesday afternoon sustained facial burns.

    According to Vandalia Fire Chief Merle Adermann, Zac Stombaugh was treated in the emergency room at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham and released after sustaining first-degree burns, and possibly some second degree burns.

  • News Briefs-oct. 21, 2010

    Eagles Aerie to vote on improvements

    Eagles Aerie No. 3909 of Vandalia will have a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, to vote on improvements to the Aerie.

    Women Teachers's Dinner is Nov. 1

    The annual Bond, Fayette and Effingham Women Teachers' Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Vandalia Junior High School.

  • Paint the Town Pink

    Mayor Rick Gottman, left, signed a proclamation declaring Thursday, Oct. 28, as Paint the Town Pink Day in Vandalia. On that day, the Fayette County Health Department will hold a community reception in Lincoln Park in downtown Vandalia to promote national breast cancer awareness.The reception, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., will include free lunch and give-aways. Shown with Gottman is Kendra Craig, community educator at the health department.

  • Man in drunk-driving crash in '95 arrested for aggravated DUI

    A rural Farina man who has served a prison term for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed two local teens was arrested on Saturday for driving under the influence of alcohol.
    According to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office’s arrest log, Rocky L. Bennyhoff, 56, RR 2, Farina, was arrested by the Illinois State Police on a charge of driving under the influence.

  • Osborne concert is this Sunday

    Vandalia native Summer Osborne, who has been pursuing a career in music for the past decade, will present a concert at the Vandalia Moose Lodge this Sunday.

     The event, which runs from 5-8 p.m., will feature Osborne on the guitar and piano. Also performing will be Shannon Curtis, a pianist from Los Angeles.

    Though she’s based in St. Louis, Osborne has played throughout the Midwest and on the East Coast. She’s now recorded five CDs.

  • Community Calendar-Oct. 21, 2010

    Thursday, October 21

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon at Days Inn.
    Friday, October 22
    ✔ A country music dance will be held at the Patoka Service Center, 210 W. Bond St., Patoka. "Charlie's Jam" will perform. Admission is by donation.
    Saturday, October 23