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    SAFE tourney, luncheon on July 20

    Sexual Assault & Family Emergencies (SAFE) will hold its annual charity golf tournament and luncheon on Wednesday, July 20.
    The golf tournament, sponsored by the Vandalia Ladies Golf Association, will be held at the Vandalia Country & Golf Club, with 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. tee times available. The cost is $55 per person, or $50 if paid by July 13, and men, women and mixed teams are invited to play. The entry fee includes a luncheon buffet at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.

  • Building Permits-June 30, 2011

    The city of Vandalia’s Building and Zoning Department issued the following building permits in May:
    • Travis Towler, fence at 114 N. First St.
    • Nyla Graham, demolition of a garage at 111 N. Hudson St.
    • Devan Matthews, deck at 908 W. Lincoln St.
    • SG Enterprises, deck at 523 N. Fifth St.
    • Ace Sign Co., replacement of a sign at 827 Veterans Ave.
    • Lighthouse Pregnancy Center, deck at 1121 N. Sixth St.
    • Alstat Electric, electrical upgrade at 521 S. Elm St.

  • community calendar-June 30, 2011

    Thursday, June 30

    ✔ The Summer Lunches for Kids program is under way. The lunches are available from 11-11:30 a.m. at the American Legion Home and in Rogier Park in Vandalia, at the township building in Shobonier and at the township garage in Vera.
    ✔ 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.

  • Cavaletto announces; could face incumbent Stephens

    State Rep. John Cavaletto made the rounds in Fayette County earlier this week, announcing that he will run in the new legislative district that includes this county.
    In his attempt to gain re-election, the Salem Republican may have to square off against a long-time legislator who currently represents this county.
    Cavaletto was in Fayette County Monday to announce that he will run in the new 107th District, and to “start building relationships” in this county.

  • Judge rules nurses must testify at murder trial

    The judge in the Clifford Baker murder trial has ruled that three employees at a medical center that treated Baker shortly before he murdered a neighbor couple must appear at trial.
    At a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court last Wednesday, Judge Michael McHaney denied a motion in which Baker’s attorneys ask to quash subpoenas issued to three registered nurses who are behavior health employees at Gateway Regional Medical Center.

  • Nadine Visits Brownstown

    "Nadine, the Church Lady," a popular character on the RFD TV show "Larry's Country Diner," brought her humor to Brownstown High School on Saturday evening for a performance sponsored by the Brownstown Branch Library.

  • A success in many ways

    When it took over the area recycling program, FAYCO Enterprises acknowledged that the success of the program would depend on the participation of local residents.
    As the one-year anniversary of program under FAYCO’s coordination nears, that success can be measured in a number of ways, including the manner in which it can serve its clients.
    “It’s going really, really well,” said Kim Taylor, director of finance and support at FAYCO, a sheltered workshop that has served area individuals with disabilities since the mid-1970s.

  • Winners of art shows announced

    The 2011 Town & Country Art Show and Professional Art Show were held this past weekend at Artworks Gallery in the Fayette County Museum.

  • First Vandalia Idol Winners Chosen
  • Shriners, Tin Lizzies Donate for Fireworks

    The Old National Trail Shrine Club, represented by President Dan Yakel (left) and the Old National Trail  Shrine Club Tin Lizzies, represented by President Charlie Carroll (right) presented donations for the Vandalia Lions Club's Fourth of July fireworks display.

    Accepting the donations was Lions Club member Dean Black.