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  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, October 20

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. at the library. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center in Vandalia.

  • Golden Circle Menus

    Golden Circle Nutrition Program, located at 616 W. Jackson St. in Vandalia provides meals in a comfortable setting to people 60 years and older and their spouses. There are no income guidelines or any type of restrictions besides the age limit.
    Meals are prepared by Deb’s Catering of Altamont and delivered fresh daily. The suggested donation is $3 for meals. Call the new site supervisor, Kim Reeder, at 283-1040 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. the day before you wish to eat there. Meals are served at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, October 13

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. at the library. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center in Vandalia.

  • Haunted house opens Friday

    The Halloween season kicks off this weekend with the opening of the haunted house provided by the Vandalia Swimming Pool staff.
    “Monster Manor” is again inside the former Washington School building in the 400 block of South Eighth Street in Vandalia.
    Admission is $6 per person, and all proceeds go to the park district swimming pool.
    The schedule for “Monster Manor” is:
    • Friday and Saturday – 7-11 p.m.
    • Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 22 – 7-11 p.m.

  • Candidates' forum is Thursday night

    Fayette County residents will have an opportunity this Thursday night to hear from the candidates for three county officer positions on Thursday’s general election ballot.
    The candidates for circuit clerk, coroner and state’s attorney are scheduled to participate in the forum, set for 6 p.m. in the Little Theater at Vandalia Elementary School.
    The forum is being sponsored by WKRV-WPMB Radio, The Leader-Union and Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.
    The candidates scheduled to participate include:

  • Volunteers sought for cemetery work

    A Vandalia woman wants to restore some of Vandalia’s history, and she would like some help doing that. This Saturday, Dorothy Donley will show those volunteers how to do the work.

  • Search for bank robber continues

    Authorities are continuing to search for a man who held up Midland States Bank in Farina last Friday morning.

  • County still hammering out a new budget

    The Fayette County Board’s finance committee is continuing to fine tune a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and two members of the committee said that it’s not an easy task.
    “It’s an ongoing process,” Chairman Jeff Beckman told other board members on Tuesday, adding that the budget will not likely be well received.
    “It’s not pretty,” Beckman said. “We’re just going to have to do what we have to do,” he said, referring to the trimming of expenses.

  • Community Garden Harvest Festival
  • Three arrested on meth charges on Monday

    The Fayette County Sheriff’s office arrested three individuals on methamphetamine charges on Monday, with one of the men taken into custody on 15 charges.
    Arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver were Samuel E. Brummet, 29, of Ramsey; Justin D. Blackburn, 25, of Ramsey; and Jacob L. Lowe, 41, of Pana.
    Blackburn was also arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, use of property (a trailer) for methamphetamine production, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.