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  • Mitchell sentenced to prison

    Adrian Mitchell, 24, of St. Elmo, was sentenced to prison on Monday after admitting that she had violated her probation.
    Mitchell, who was originally convicted on a charge of theft, a Class 2 felony punishable by up to 14 years in prison.
    The office of Fayette County State's Attorney Joshua Morrison filed a motion to revoke her probation.
    Judge M. Don Sheafor Jr. sentenced Mitchell to 40 months with the Illinois Department of Corrections.

  • Bethel Baptist announces Easter services

    Bethel Baptist Church, located northwest of Vandalia on Ill. Route 185, has announced its schedule for Easter services:
    • Thursday, April 2 – Maundy Thursday services. Worship will be centered on "The Seven Last Words of Christ."
    • Easter Sunday – 7 a.m., sunrise services; 7:30 a.m., Easter breakfast; 9 a.m., Sunday School; and 10:15 a.m., Bethel choir Easter cantata – "Run to the Cross."
    The public is invited to participate in the church's services.

     

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 26

    ✔ The 26th annual Antique Tractor Show at Village Square Mall in Effingham will be held through Sunday. It is sponsored by the Triple A Allis-Chalmers Club Inc. For more information, call 238-4775 or 483-6241.
    ✔ 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.

  • Final 'Season of Entertainment' Performance
  • Brownstown VFW Post 9770 shows off its new home

    Members of Brownstown VFW Post 9770 showed off their new home to area residents during an open house and chili/soup supper on Saturday, March 14.

  • New Post 9770 Home

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman and Brownstown Village President Ginny Wilbur, center, do the honors at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Saturday at the new home of Brownstown VFW Post 9770.

    More about the new VFW building will appear in next week's issue.

  • Barbara Fairchild Performs in Vandalia
  • Sunday death believed to be a suicide

    The death of a Vandalia man who was hit by a train on Sunday afternoon is believed to be a suicide.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 19

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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, March 20

  • Park board sets public hearing on alcohol request

    After getting some one-on-one feedback on a request to allow alcohol in the parks, the Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners has decided to hold a public forum on the issue.
    At their meeting last week, commissioners addressed that latest request, which would allow consumption of alcohol for softball games.
    However, they emphasized that this was not the first request, with previous ones made for a special event or a family reunion.
    “I’ve talked to probably 80 people, and it seems pretty split at 50/50,” Commissioner Brian Stout said.