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  • Toys for Tots Under Way

    The Toys for Tots collection drive is under way at Arthur Young Inc., with new and like-new toys donated being included in Caring and Sharing Christmas baskets for less-fortunate families.

    Dennis Young of the dealership is shown with some early donations. Toys and other items may be dropped off at the Vandalia dealership during regular business hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.-noon on Saturdays.

  • Vandalia business cited for sale to minor

    The Redwood Inn in Vandalia was cited by the Illinois State Police during an Alcohol Compliance check conducted last Wednesday in Fayette County.
    The state police, in conjunction with the Illinois Liquor Commission, conducted the compliance check, visiting 18 locations in Vandalia.
    The state police said that a Redwood employee, Paige L. Lorton, was arrested for unlawful delivery of alcoholic liquor to a minor, a Class A misdemeanor. She was released on a notice to appear in court.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Nov. 27

    THANKSGIVING
    ✔ Fayette County Habitat for Humanity will hold the eighth annual community Thanksgiving meal at the American Legion Home in Vandalia, with serving from 11 am.-1 p.m. There is no charge for the meal, and the public is invited. Those in need of transportation or shut-ins who wish to have meals delivered are to call Karen Sanders at 292-2353 by next Tuesday.

    Monday, Dec. 1

  • Two arrests for child pornography

    Two men were arrested on child pornography charges on Wednesday, one at his Vandalia home and one at his Centralia home, both with Vandalia Police assisting Illinois Attorney General investigators.

    Ryan J. Koontz, 34, was arrested as authorities executed a search warrant at his home in the 500 block of South Cypress Street in Vandalia during an early-morning operation.

    Koontz was charged with two counts of distribution of child pornography and eight counts of possession of child pornography. His bond is $300,000.

  • Alderman search begins

    As it looks to replace one of the individuals who represents residents on the city council, the city of Vandalia may also have to replace one of its squad cars.
    Mayor Rick Gottman said at Monday’s council meeting that he has begun a search for a Ward III alderman, someone to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Terry Beesley.
    Beesley submitted his resignation about 90 minutes after walking out of the Nov. 3 council meeting.

  • County budget on hold

    The Fayette County Board is taking a little more time to finalize the county’s budget for the coming fiscal year, with plans to figure into that budget one less salary.
    At the recommendation of its finance committee, the board voted to reject the proposed budget presented at Thursday’s meeting.
    Board Chairman Steve Knebel said the committee recommended rejecting that budget because subsequent to the drafting of that budget, it learned that two employees in the county clerk’s office had resigned – Chief Deputy Kelly Taylor and Trudy Zimmerman.

  • Life Savers

    Two FAYCO employees received gift baskets on Thursday that appropriately included some Life Savers. Because that’s what Connie Hunley and Susan LaMonica were three days earlier – life savers.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Nov. 20

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. at Ramsey Grade School.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • County Board Action

    The Fayette County Board on Tuesday:
    • Approved the low bid of Old Capitol View Restaurant for food service at the county jail. The county will pay $6.79 per inmate under the contract.
    The county received two bids, the other coming from Miller’s Market in Ramsey.

  • Library again holds Food for Fines

    Evans Public Library is again sponsoring its annual Food for Fines program.
    Food for Fines allows people who have library fines to reduce them by donating non-perishable food items that are given to the local food bank.
    In these tough economic times, there is an even greater need for services like the Fayette County Food Pantry, which will receive the food collected from Food for Fines.
    The Fayette County Food Pantry, managed by C.E.F.S., is located at 517 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia and distributes the food to people in need.