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  • New merchants group to host rummage sale

    The Downtown Vandalia Merchants Co-op, the newly formed downtown merchants group, will sponsor a downtown rummage sale on Saturday, Sept. 11.

    Downtown stores will have items in the sale, and merchants are inviting local residents to sell items, as well.

    Twelve-foot spaces are available for $10. To reserve a space, contact: Joanna Helm, 283-1432; Rich Jenner, 283-3481; Gloria Durbin, 283-4804; or Donelle Conway, 283-1810.

  • Man awaiting trial on meth charge arrested again

    A rural Vandalia man who is scheduled to go to trial in October on a methamphetamine charge was arrested for meth possession again last weekend.
    Leonard E. Scholes, 44, was arrested on Sunday and charged on Monday with partcipation in a methamphetamine-manufacturing operation.
    The charge alleges the manufacture of up to 400 grams of methamphetamine.
    A Class X felony, the meth manufacture offense is punishable by up to 40 years in prison.
    Scholes was also charged with the possession of up to 400 grams of methamphetamine, also a Class X felony.

  • Cost-cutting helps FCH see a profit

    As a result of ongoing cost-cutting measures, Fayette County Hospital recorded another profitable month in July – the first month of the new fiscal year. With revenues of $153,937 and expenses of $117,717, the operation produced a profit of $36,220 for the month.
    “The reason we’re making a profit is that we’re controlling expenses,” said Greg Starnes, chief executive officer of the hospital. “We’re a much leaner operation than we were last year, and we’ll stay that way.”

  • Work on new FCHD home to begin soon

    Work on the former hardware store that will become the new home of the Fayette County Health Department could get under way as soon as next week.
    Rhonda Andrews, FCHD administrator, said on Wednesday that demolition work on the property in the 400 block of West Edwards Street that formerly housed Leo Brown Lumber is almost finished. That work, being done by Grubaugh Contracting, includes the demolition of three buildings.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, August 26
    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.

    Friday, August 27
    ✔ A country music dance will be held at 7 p.m. at the Patoka Service Center, 210 W. Bond St. Admission is by donation.

  • News Briefs-Aug. 26, 2010

    VCHS yearbooks may be picked up

    Copies of the 2010 Vandalois, the yearbook at Vandalia Community High School, have arrived and may be picked up beginning Monday in the cafeteria from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. or in the office after 2:15 p.m. Anyone having questions may contact Vandalois adviser Amy Vieregge by phone at 283-5155 or e-mail at avieregg@fayette.k12.il.us.

    Habitat taking applications for home

  • CEFS holds annual meeting

    According to the 2007 National Crime Victimization Survey of the United States, approximately 248,300 rape/sexual assault victimizations occurred in 2007.
    A study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that about 10 percent of students reported being physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last 12 months.
    Lastly, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics Supplemental Victimization Survey on Stalking, an estimated 3.4 million persons age 18 or older were victims of stalking during a 12-month period.

  • Dating violence workshops scheduled

    According to the 2007 National Crime Victimization Survey of the United States, approximately 248,300 rape/sexual assault victimizations occurred in 2007.
    A study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that about 10 percent of students reported being physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last 12 months.
    Lastly, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics Supplemental Victimization Survey on Stalking, an estimated 3.4 million persons age 18 or older were victims of stalking during a 12-month period.

  • Fayette County Sheriff's Arrest Log-Aug 18

    • Ryan J. Standley, 24, Herrick, was arrested on Aug. 17 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving an all-terrain vehicle on a roadway. Bond was $3,500.
    • Billie R. Heckler, 40, 101 School St., Mulberry Grove, was arrested on Aug. 17 for failure to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge. Bond was $3,500.
    • Seth A. Schukar, 23, RR 1, Shobonier, was arrested on Aug. 16 on an alleged probation violation/revocation. Bond was $10,000.

  • City will auction off Letters & Logos equipment

    After numerous attempts to contact the owners of Letters and Logos about their failure to repay loans to the city, Vandalia officials have been given permission to sell company property stored in a local building.
    Fayette County Circuit Court documents show that a sheriff’s sale has been authorized for Letters and Logos property currently stored at 723 Keefer Drive, in the building that served as the company’s Vandalia operations.
    The items to be sold include computers and various tools that were used by Letters and Logos.