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  • 4th of July in the area

    Area communities will celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks and other festivities
    VANDALIA
    The Vandalia Lions Club is again hosting a three-day carnival at the Vandalia Lake marina campgrounds.
    The carnival is open from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 4-10 p.m. on Saturday.
    The Lions Club will provide its annual fireworks display over Vandalia Lake at dusk on Friday night.
    FARINA
    The village of Farina will hold its 60th annual Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday at the Farina Village Park.

  • Policy includes Chromebook Purchase Program

    Vandalia Community High School students who don’t have devices they can use to participate in the 1-to-1 program can lease Chromebooks or use ones kept at the school.
    The program guidelines for the 1-to-1 program approved by the Vandalia Board of Education include a Chromebook Purchase Program.
    Students may lease a Chromebook for three school years, at a cost of $100 per year. For families qualifying under free and reduced-cost guidelines, the cost is $50 per year.
    At the end of that three-year lease period, the student owns the Chromebook.

  • Taking the Next Step in Technology

    “The increased use of technology in our classrooms will ‘power up’ student success today, and for the future.”

  • Law Dogs hold national rally in Vandalia

    If you were anywhere around Vandalia this past weekend, the thunder from the storms wasn’t the only loud noise you heard. You also heard the sound of 130 motorcycles as the Law Dogs LE/MC held its National Rally here last Thursday, Friday and Saturday at America’s Best Value Inn.

  • Bids for swimming pool project opened on July 9

    Vandalia Park District officials will know in the near future whether bids for the renovation of the district’s swimming pool are in line with estimates for the project.

  • SWCD executive director explains potential impact

    Kelly Thompson, SWCD Executive Director
    Nearly $7.5 million Soil and Water Conservation District funding for FY 2016 has been named in the governor’s latest budget cuts and will be “suspended” July 1 if a balanced budget cannot be reached by the General Assembly.
    The suspension of funds accounts for district operations and cost-share project appropriations. If the suspension is not lifted, soil and water conservation districts around the state will be forced to dismantle their work force and offices will close.

  • Extension among proposed state cuts

    With this year’s Fayette County 4-H Show just around the corner, funding for the program that provides that show is among those in the spotlight during the state’s budget impasse.
    University of Illinois Extension is one of the programs included in cuts proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner as he tries to get state legislators to approve a balanced budget for the fiscal year that begins next Wednesday.

  • Prime Timers taking trip to Alton in August

    Fayette and Bond counties will be hosting a Prime Timers trip to tour the Melvin Price Lock and Dam in East Alton on Wednesday, Aug. 26.
    And after touring the lock and dam facility, attendees will enjoy a two-hour cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on the Mississippi River. Lunch will be served while on the cruise.
    This excursion is open for any Farm Bureau member.
    The cost of the day trip is $60. Buses will pick attendees up in Vandalia at 6:45 a.m. and in Greenville at 7:15 a.m.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 25

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

    Friday, June 26

  • Five RR crossings closed this week