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  • Legion looks for local vets

    A local veterans’ organization that has among its objectives assisting those who have served in this country’s armed forces has begun an effort to bring those individuals into the fold.
    At the same time, it’s looking to find local veterans who need its assistance.
    “We definitely would like to increase our membership,” Mary Truitt of the veterans committee of Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95.
    This effort began as the Legion and Auxiliary discussed how they can or should use donations given on Poppy Day.

  • Farina woman charged with meth offenses

    A Farina woman has been jailed on six methamphetamine charges after the execution of a search warrant last Friday.

  • Young Royalty
  • Low-speed vehicles

    A topic of interest for many Fayette County residents who have all-terrain vehicles and utility vehicles will be discussed, and possibly acted on, at Thursday’s meeting of the Fayette County.
    Items on the agenda for the 7 p.m. meeting in the large courtroom at the Fayette County Courthouse include an ordinance “approving the operation of low-speed vehicles within the limits of Fayette County.”

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, April 7

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ 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.

    Friday, April 8

  • Voter mailing not coming from county clerk

    Fayette County Clerk Vicky L. Conder announced on Monday that all election authorities were recently advised by the Illinois State Board of Elections of a mailing that has gone out in March from the Voter Participation Center in Chicagoto all non-registered voters in Illinois, and that a second similar mailing is going out this summer.
    This mailing contains a letter from the VPA and a voter registration form with the name and address of each applicable election authority for their reference should they wish to register to vote.

  • Cleanup Week is April 18-22

    Vandalia residents who are customers of Doty Sanitation will have the opportunity to get rid of unwanted items during the city’s annual Cleanup Week, April 18-22.
    The unwanted items are to be placed alongside regular trash on residents’ normal trash pickup days.
    The city asks residents to pile items on the curbside in a manner that they would wish to pick it up themselves. Any lumber should be cut into reasonable lengths, stacked and, if possible, bundled into reasonable weights.  

  • Fitness evaluation OK'd for Hammer

    A Vandalia woman who has been charged with causing serious injury to her infant child will be evaluated to determine whether she is fit to stand trial.

  • Ramsey Community Sale
  • New city ward map discussed

    In Vandalia’s 2013 municipal election, Jerry Swarm received 130 votes in winning a Ward I aldermanic seat. In that same election, Andy Lester won a Ward IV seat with 436 votes.
    In the 2015 election, Ken Hubler received only 22 votes, seven more than his opponent, to win a Ward I seat. In Ward IV, B. John Clark received three times more votes than Hubler.
    The vote totals from those recent elections show the disparity in the size of Vandalia’s four wards, something that Vandalia officials agreed to do something about at the end of last year.