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Local News

  • AFSCME local holds picket at VCC

    A week after Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn chose not to sign a new contract with the union representing the majority of state workers, local members of that union were expressing their displeasure with the governor.

  • City still talking with partners on water pact

    Vandalia officials are continuing to work on an agreement with a local partnership that is offering to the city a third water source.
    Mayor Rick Gottman, members of the city council’s water and sewer committee, and city Water Plant Superintendent Marty Huskey met again last Monday with Walt Barenfanger and Jeff Beckman.

  • Farina man guilty of sex crimes

    It took a Fayette County jury less than 30 minutes on Tuesday to convict a Farina man of sex offenses.
    Ryan E. Mulvaney, 35, was found guilty of four aggravated criminal sexual abuse at the completion of a two-day jury trial.
    The trial began with jury selection on Monday morning and ended early Tuesday afternoon with closing arguments by Fayette County Assistant State’s Attorney Matt Chancey and Mulvaney’s attorney, Bryan Kibler of Effingham.

  • News Briefs

    Relay for Life event participants sought

    Organizers of an event to benefit Fayette County Relay for Life are looking for participants to the event.
    Local crafters, woodworkers, jewelry makers, artists, quilters, pottery makers, toy collectors and makers of various handmade items are being invited to set up booths for the event, to be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Vandalia Eagles Club.
    The event will include various concessions, a 50/50 drawing and silent auction.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, November 22

    THANKSGIVING
    ✔ The Vandalia Ministerial Alliance will hold its sixth annual Community Thanksgiving Meal at the American Legion Home in Vandalia, with serving from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. There is no charge, and reservations are not required.
    Saturday, November 24

    ✔ The Vandalia Moose Lodge will hold its annual pancake and sausage breakfast from 6 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Moose Lodge. The cost for the all-you-can eat meal is $5 per person. Carry-outs will be available.

  • School district keeping close eye on spending

    In an abbreviated 40-minute meeting, the Vandalia School Board on Monday handled a light agenda of business and heard reports from building principals about end-of-semester events scheduled before the semester break.
    Superintendent Rich Well also gave a report on the district’s financial condition.

  • Man convicted of sex offense asking to withdraw plea

    Saying that he was threatened into pleading guilty to a sex offense last month, a Brownstown man now wants to withdraw that plea.
    Lloyd W. Merkley, 62, pleaded guilty at the end of October to a charge of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.
    Through a plea agreement, Merkley agreed to a 10-year prison sentence. A Class X felony, predatory criminal sexual assault is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
    Under Illinois law, Merkley would be required to serve at least 85 percent of the 10-year sentence.

  • Chain buying FS Travel Center

    The Vandalia City Council took action on Monday that supports a Midwestern chain’s acquisition of a local travel center.

  • Road Ranger acquires FS Travel Center

    See this week's issue-Available Tuesday afternoon this week!

  • School board petitions available at district office

    Nominating petition forms for the April 9, 2013, school board election in Vandalia Community Unit School District No. 203 are now available.
    Forms may be picked up in the office of the board secretary at 1109 N. Eighth St. on any business day, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
    A school board candidate’s petition must be filed in the same office between 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, and 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24.
    Candidates’ names will appear on the election ballot in the order in which their nominating papers are received in the secretary’s office.