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  • Voicing Their Opinions

    Members of the Vandalia Woman's Club are shown writing letters to this area's U.S. senators and to Congressman John Shimkus (R-Ill., 19th District) asking that they deny the transfer of land from the Shawnee National Forest to Peabody Coal Co.

    From left to right are Mary Truitt, Euna Francisco, Darleen McKenna, Grace Lebold, Rae Evans, Wilma Brown, guest Elaine Bush and Peg Dees.

  • News Briefs

    Marathon sign going on eBay

    After hearing a number of people express interest about the Marathon sign at the former Tri-County Petroleum property, the city of Vandalia has taken the sign to Liberty Stop, Drop and More for placement on eBay.

    Relay team holds trivia night

    The Harvesters of Hope Relay for Life team will hold a trivia night on Saturday, March 31, at Bethel Baptist Church, located northwest of Vandalia on Ill. Route 185.

  • St. Louis man killed in I-70 accident

    A St. Louis man was killed in an accident near the Brownstown exit of Interstate 70 early Saturday morning.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 22

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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 23

    ✔ Alternative Education Programs classes will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. for school improvement.

  • State way behind on funds to schools

    Eight months into the fiscal year, the Vandalia Community School District has received only one of the quarterly categorical payments from the state. That amounts to a shortfall of about $500,000 in funding for items such as transportation, special education and the food program.
    Additionally, the district has received no state funds for the Pre-K program that it reintroduced this year.
    In the vocational area, the district has received only one of the four annual payments.

  • Loitering ban on city lots planned

    The Vandalia City Council took action to prohibit loitering on a downtown parking lot, then discussed at length taking the same action for two city lots.

  • Council talks about a switch to angle parking, violations

    Now that the streetscape has improved the appearance of Vandalia’s downtown business district, one alderman said the city should consider action to make it more convenient for downtown shoppers.
    But, Mayor Rick Gottman said, the city might not even be able to consider that action.
    “I suggest that we begin a conversation on parking downtown,” Alderman Andy Lester said at Monday’s city council meeting.
    “I would like to see us at least discuss … getting rid of parallel parking,” Lester said.

  • No local races = low voter turnout

    With only one local contest on the ballot, light voter turnout was expected in Fayette County for Tuesday’s primary election.

  • NEW Sunday at 10:30 a.m.: St. Louis man dies in fiery crash early Saturday

    On Saturday, just before 2 a.m. a semi truck driven by 51 year old Hasib Karahodzic of St. Louis, Mo. collided with a semi truck driven by 43 year old Orentio Thompson of Lawrenceville, GA.

    Karahodzic's semi struck the Thompson semi in the rear bursting into flames upon impact, according to Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen.

  • Girl Scout Birthday Party

    Fayette County Girl Scouts gathered at First Baptist Church in Vandalia on Saturday to celebrate the 100th birthday of Girl Scouts.

    The birthday party included games, cupcakes, Girl Scout trivia and a flag ceremony. Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman showed up to sign a proclamation declaring this week as Girl Scout Week in the community.