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  • Ramsey Lions Club's Community Sale is April 5

    On April 5, the community of Ramsey is anticipating in another standing-room-only crowd for the 47th consecutive Ramsey Lions Club Community Sale.

    The multi-block auction provides an exciting atmosphere for thousands of sellers, bidders and treasure hunters in up to seven sale rings in Lions Park.

    Food and refreshment items are available in Lions Pavilion.Tickets are being sold for $500 in cash prizes.

    West Front Street is set aside for vendors who may set up after noon April 4, no need to call ahead. And the community is generally alive with yard and garage sales.

  • KC officials say new Vandalia Campus is exceeding their expectations

    As they traveled throughout the Kaskaskia College district to hear the comments and opinions of residents, the KC president and chairman of the board of trustees have basically heard only one concern.

    The only concern that we have heard so far is that we need more space, that people in the district want more course offerings which is good to hear, Jim Beasley said while attending a breakfast program at KCs Vandalia Campus on Wednesday morning.

  • Walgreens wants to build store at site of Jay's Restaurant

    A development group interested in bringing a pharmacy and retail chain store to the site of a longtime restaurant in Vandalia took a step toward that goal last week.

    Requests for a parking variance at the corner of Eighth and Gochenour streets was approved last Wednesday by the citys Zoning Board of Adjustments.

    Those requests were filed by Larry Mabry and Mike Wehrle, owners of the properties where Walgreens is working to construct a store.

  • IHPA, Main Street help downtown owners

    The Vandalia Main Street Program and a state architect are continuing their efforts to help owners of downtown buildings who are interested in improving the exteriors of their structures.

    Through its affiliation with Illinois Main Street, Vandalia Main Street brought Illinois Historic Preservation architect Anna Margaret Borntrager to town for a second time a couple of weeks ago.

  • Schools may lose out on state funds

    Though the Vandalia Board of Education dealt with a variety of issues at its monthly meeting Tuesday, an announcement by Superintendent Rich Well about the possibility of diminished state funding was cause for concern among board members and school officials.

    Well told the board that hes hearing from other superintendents and others in the states educational hierarchy that theres a distinct possibility that the state will not make the final two state aid payments of the fiscal year in June.

  • Council's discussions on river intake continue

    For the second time in two weeks, the Vandalia City Council voted on bringing a second engineering firm in to study the new Kaskaskia River water intake. And for the second time in two weeks, the proposal was rejected.

    But support for that proposal, suggested by Alderman Chad Feldpouch, is growing.

    Discussion on the river intake which has been inoperable for lengthy periods since its installation in 2004 was initiated on Monday night by Mayor Rick Gottman, who said he received some phone calls after the councils March 3 meeting.

  • St. Elmo fundraiser generates close to $15,000 for fight against pediatric cancer

    For several years, Bryan Jennings' friends in Northern Illinois had been coming to them for support of their St. Baldrick fundraisers.

    While Jennings was happy to support those events held in the northern part of the state to raise funds for the fight against pediatric cancer, he thought it was time to hold such an event in this area.

    Jennings gained the support of his fellow firefighters on the St. Elmo Fire Department, then he invited the 22 departments that are a part of MABAS 54 (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System) to also get involved.

  • 427-3322 going out of service

    For Brownstown Area Residents – Beginning on April 1, the emergency number of 427-3322 will no longer be in service.

    Residents should dial 911 in emergency situations.

  • About 50 to shave heads at child's cancer benefit

    About 50 area people have agreed to have their heads shaved as part of an event being held Sunday to fight pedriatic cancer.

    The St. Elmo Fire Department is hosting the event for St. Baldricks Foundation, a volunteer organization that works globally to raise money for childhood cancer research.

    The event is co-sponsored by MABAS 54 (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System), which is made up of fire departments in this region of the state.

  • Eight arrested in parole sweep

    Five local people who are currently on parole were arrested late last week on new charges during a targeted sweep of parolees conducted by four local agencies.

    Also arrested during that sweep were three people who were with the parolees who were taken into custody.

    The Illinois Department of Corrections, Fayette County Sheriffs Office, Illinois State Police and Vandalia Police Department participated in the parole compliance check conducted on Thursday.