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  • Rauner campaigns in Vandalia

    While his opponent claims that he is a wealthy man who is out of touch with residents of the state, Bruce Rauner said he has acquired that wealth through years of hard work.

  • Twisters & TIF

    After Dennis Grubaugh’s request for city assistance to put a new roof on the Twisters building was tabled, Grubaugh asked for help in tearing it down.
    Both of those alternatives were discussed in the past week by a city advisory committee and the city council.
    Grubaugh initially asked for a $75,000 Tax Increment Financing grant for the roof replacement, estimated at $260,000, and the council tabled that request, asking for more information.

  • First Day of School
  • Bomb Technicians' Training

    All members of the Illinois Secretary of State bomb technicians and dog handlers were at Vandalia Elementary School and Vandalia Junior High School for training sessions late last week.

  • News Briefs

    Library now has Home School Group

    Evans Public Library in Vandalia now has a Home School Group.
    Home-schooling parents are invited to meet at the library to discuss home-schooling issues and other topics while their children socialize with each other and make a seasonal or holiday craft with the children's librarian.
    Meetings will be held twice a month from September to May, on the first and third Wednesday of each month, at 1 p.m., at the library.
    For more information, contact Shawna Sprague, children's librarian, at 282-2824.

  • Dedication held for Fayette County Museum's organ

    A dedication ceremony was held on Sunday for the organ that was recently moved to the upper floor of the Fayette County Museum.

  • Woman faces up to six years on DUI charge

    An Effingham woman who has been arrested in a number of states on a number of alcohol-related driving charges has agreed to a penalty of up to six years on her latest charge.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 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 meets at 4 p.m. in the Field of Dreams pavilion between the high school baseball diamonds.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • News Briefs

    Pet supplies accepted for library fines through Aug. 19

    In celebration of its summer reading program, “Paws to Read,” Evans Public Library will be accepting donations of pet supplies in place of fines or lost book charges.
    The library will collect donations through Aug. 19. All items will be donated to Second Chance Animal Rescue.
    For every item donated, $1 in fines or charges will be removed. New or gently used items accepted include blankets, rawhides, food bowls, treats, leashes and collars.

  • Food Bank in St. Elmo this Saturday morning

    The Central Illinois Food Bank will return to Fayette County on Saturday with the fourth food distribution of the year.
    This distribution will take place at the Pinnacle Foods parking lot at 10 a.m., rain or shine, and run until all food is distributed.
    Volunteers are asked to arrive between 9 and 9:30. Support for this Food Bank distribution is being provided in part by the St. Elmo Lions Club.