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  • Two arrested for bank robbery

    A Springfield man is being held by federal authorities and a Springfield woman remains in Fayette County Jail after the couple was arrested for robbing First National Bank in Ramsey last Friday.

    Fayette County States Attorney Stephen Friedel charged James Echols, 32, and Annette F. Michael-Jefferson, 45, with aggravated robbery after the two were apprehended a short time after allegedly taking money from the bank.

  • Two arrested after Ramsey bank robbery

    Two Springfield residents were arrested on charges of aggravated robbery for their alleged part in a robbery of First National Bank in Ramsey.

    In a press release issued Friday evening, Sheriff Aaron Lay said that Jason Echols, 32, and Annette F. Michael Jefferson, 45, were arrested on the robbery charges.

    Lay said his department, along with the Ramsey Police Department, responded at 11:45 a.m. on Friday to a report of a robbery at the bank.

    Assisting those agencies in handling the incident were the Illinois State Police and Pana Police Department.

  • Orders taken for 2008 Vandalois

    The Vandalia Community High School yearbook staff is now accepting orders for the 2008 Vandalois yearbook.

    The cost is $42, or $47 with a name engraved on the cover.

    To place an order, stop by the high school office. For more information, contact Vandalois adviser Amy Vieregge at 283-5155 or by e-mail at avieregg@fayette.k12.il.us.

  • News Briefs

    Toys for Tots drive under way

    With the start of the Christmas season just around the corner, the Vandalia business that operates the Toys for Tots program each year is beginning to collect donations.

    Arthur Young Inc., located at 122 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia, is accepting donations of new or like-new toys and other items for children.

    Donations that are received through the program are turned over to Fayette County Caring and Sharing and included in Christmas baskets for needy families in the county.

  • Three women kept busy decorating empty storefronts

    A growing subject in the talk around Vandalia has been the attractive, seasonal decorations in the empty storefronts along Gallatin Street the past few months. The next comment is often, Who is doing the decorating?

    Empty buildings in a downtown district with vacant storefront windows can lend a rather desolate and dismal appearance to the whole street, no matter how attractive the surrounding storefronts appear.

    Three community-spirited ladies recognized these detractions to downtown Vandalia and decided to do something about it.

  • County still in the black

    When it approved the county budget for the fiscal year that ended this month, the Fayette County Board was anticipating a positive balance of about $275,000.

    Board members were pleasantly surprised on Tuesday to find that the surplus was more than three times that estimate.

    In presenting the countys new budget in a hearing before Tuesdays board meeting, finance committee Chairman Lee Schaal said the $792,013 surplus at the end of this fiscal year like last year was the result of two things.

  • Downtown project cuts considered

    Splitting up and scaling back – those are the options that city officials are considering as a way of keeping the downtown enhancement project.

    At the conclusion of a two-hour meeting on Monday, the Vandalia City Councils streets/sewers and water/disposal committees agreed to recommend to the full council that the streetscape work and infrastructure improvements be bid separately, and to reduce the scale of that work.

  • Dean Black resigns as county board chairman

    The man who has represented the St. Elmo area on the Fayette County Board for close to a decade and served as its chairman for the past five years has resigned because he has moved from that area.

    Dean Black announced his resignation at the end of Tuesdays county board meeting, saying that he and his wife, Elloise, have moved from St. Elmo to Vandalia.

    I just hope that something Ive done as chairman has helped the county and the residents of the county, said Black.

  • Daughter of resigning alderman appointed to his seat

    Before taking her seat as Vandalia's newest alderman, Lisa McNutt was somewhat familiar with how city government works.

    She gained that knowledge not from being involved in government, but from hanging around her father.

    McNutt, 36, is the daughter of Von Duggins, who resigned from the city council last month after about 20 years of service. Duggins moved out of the city.

    The new Ward III aldermen said, "It (city government) is something that I've been around, because of my dad."

    McNutt's interest in serving as an alderman is simple.

  • Evans Library to celebrate Children's Book Week

    Evans Public Library in Vandalia is celebrating Children's Book Week Nov. 12-18.

    As part of the celebration, each child who checks out a book during the week will receive a book bag.

    Also, children will be registered for gifts that will be given away. Young adult readers are invited to participate and read for the chance to win prizes.