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  • Cripe wins Big Buck contest

    Ben Cripe is the winner of an inaugural deer hunting contest held by the Fayette County Young Leaders of the Fayette County Farm Bureau.
    Cripe took first place in the Young Leaders’ Big Buck contest, held during the first deer shotgun season.
    Twenty-three members participated in the contest, which the Young Leaders hope to establish as a tradition during the firearm deer season.
    Tyler Westendorf placed second in the contest and Kyle Reiss took third place.

  • Calendar

    Monday, Jan. 5

    ✔ The Women of the Moose will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
    ✔ The Vandalia City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. at city hall.

    Tuesday, Jan. 6

    ✔ The Vandalia Rotary Club meets at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse.

  • New laws in 2015

    On New Year's Day, a number of new Illinois laws will go into effect. Some of those new laws are as follows:
    Gray wolf, American black bear, cougar
    Adds the gray wolf, American black bear and cougar to the list of protected species in Illinois, while spelling out conditions that allow landowners to kill the animals if they are causing an immediate threat of physical harm or death to a person, livestock, domestic animals, or harm to structures or other property.
    Cyber bullying

  • Body cams

    Long before protestors across the nation were calling for police officers to wear body cameras, a Fayette County deputy broached that idea to the county’s state’s attorney.

  • Five file for city council

    Five individuals, including three incumbents, have filed to run for city council seats in Vandalia.
    But no one has expressed an interest in the aldermanic seat that is currently vacant.
    City Clerk Peggy Bowen reported on Monday afternoon that those filing nominating petitions for the April consolidated election include incumbents Neil Clark in Ward I, Russ Stunkel in Ward II and B. John Clark.
    At this time, Neil Clark is the only one of the three incumbents to face opposition, with Kenneth Hubler and Christine Helinski also filing nominating petitions.

  • Tours reminds Well of OAVC's purpose

    Sometimes, it’s easy to overlook a gem that area students are offered through a center administered by the Vandalia School District.
    “Looking around from the outside, you just don’t get a feel for what the programs we are able to offer (inside),” Superintendent Rich Well said at last week’s meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education.
    Well talked about the value of the Okaw Area Vocational Center after assisting Okaw Director Nick Casey in leading a group from Shelbyville on a tour of the center earlier in the day.

  • Caring & Sharing

    More than 30 years after she was part of a group that provided Christmas baskets for less-fortunate residents of this area, Marlys Hayner is still surprised at the generosity of local people.

  • Sheriff's Shop with a Cop

    The Fayette County Sheriff's Office held its first Cop with a Shop on Saturday at Walmart, with other law enforcement officials joining them.

    Sheriff Chris Smith said that his department raised $3,100 and was able to take eight families, with 16 children total, shopping on Saturday. Those assisting the children in shopping were Smith, county deputies Sherri and Ted Miller, and Ed Durbin; Jail Administrator J.D. Vieregge; State's Attorney Joshua Morrison; St. Elmo police officer Steve Flood; and Illinois State Police officer Steve Tarter.

  • Calendar

    Wednesday, Dec. 24

    .✔ First Christian Church, located at Fifth and Randolph streets in Vandalia, will hold a candlelight Christmas service at 7 p.m. The public is invited.

    Thursday, Dec. 25

    CHRISTMAS DAY
    .✔ Northside Christian Church, located at 1845 W. Jackson St. in Vandalia, will host a free Christmas dinner, with serving from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.. The dinner is for anyone who otherwise would be alone on Christmas. Those planning to attend are asked to contact the church in advance, 283-1970.

  • Holiday Weekend at Statehouse

    Prior to the start of the Christmas Open House at the Vandalia Statehouse on Saturday night, Statehouse volunteer Linda Hanabarger, left, talks to Christina Pennington, one of the local Girl Scouts volunteering at the open house, about the history of the old state capitol.