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  • No gaming limit law being drafted

    When asked about the progress on an ordinance limiting the number of gaming facilities in Vandalia, he was told that such an ordinance is not needed.
    Ward I Jerry Swarm asked about the progress about such an ordinance at Monday’s city council meeting, and Mayor Rick Gottman and Ryan Connor of the city’s legal counsel told him that one is not being drafted.

  • Shobonier Trailer Fire
  • David Marty dies Saturday

    The Ramsey man who served as the Fayette County treasurer for close to three decades died on Saturday.

  • VCC escapee being sent to DHS facility

    A Chicago man who escaped from Vandalia Correctional Center in 2014 was short-lived was found not guilty by reason of insanity in a stipulated bench trial on Monday afternoon.

  • Frakes found guilty of child pornography

    A Fayette County jury took little time in returning three guilty verdicts for a Vandalia man charged with possession of child pornography.

  • Dealing with intake, water plant

    Though it will likely be some time before they can proceed with either project, Vandalia officials will start doing some preliminary work on its Kaskaskia River intake and water plant.
    At last week’s city council meeting, Rodney Potts of John Crawford & Associates presented aldermen with both engineering and construction estimates for both the river intake and water plant.
    The river intake has been essentially unusable since its installation in 2005, and city officials were alerted more than four years ago of major issues with the water plant structure.

  • Lincoln Day Dinner
  • Woman killed in Thursday accident

    A Shobonier woman died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident on U.S. Route 51 north of Shobonier last Thursday afternoon.
    According to Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen and the Illinois State Police, Dianna Helton, 51, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet van north on Route 51, just north of Fayette County Road 1000 North, at about 12:45 p.m. when the vehicle crossed the southbound lane and continued west down an embankment, striking a tree as it hit the embankment of a small creek. The accident caused the vehicle to burst into flames.

  • Reservations taken for Soroptimist banquet

    The annual Vandalia Soroptimist Awards Banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31, at the America’s Best Value Inn (formerly Days Inn) in Vandalia.
    Tickets are $15 per person, and reservations should be made by calling Judy Wasmuth (283-2989 or 267-7637) no later than March 24, 2017. Limited seating is available.
    Recognition is given for the Women of Distinction Award in six fields of service, honoring women who have made outstanding achievements in their professional, business or volunteer activities.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 2

    ✔ 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 in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

    Friday, March 3

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Teen Advisory Board will meet at 4 p.m. Teens interested in joining the TAB should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.