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Local News

  • City hosting schools' budget event

    While Vandalia students will be in the classroom this fall for the start of another school year, there may be many districts in Illinois in which that is not the case.

  • AC Added at VCHS
  • FSA county committee nominations now accepted

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last Thursday that the nomination period for farmers and ranchers to serve on local Farm Service Agency county committees began last Wednesday.
    “Through the county committees, farmers and ranchers have a voice. Their opinions and ideas get to be heard on federal farm programs,” FSA Administrator Val Dolcini said.
    “I encourage all eligible farmers and ranchers across the spectrum of American agriculture, to get involved in this year’s elections.

  • Lions' hearing unit here on Friday

    To protect the hearing of the public through an early alert system, and to increase public awareness of the problems of the deaf and the capabilities of the hearing-impaired, the Lions Clubs of Illinois sponsor free hearing clinics.
    As part of that program, the Vandalia Lions Club is sponsoring hearing screening from 1-5 p.m. this Friday at Walmart in Vandalia.

  • Tools for School work under way

    Tools for School, a program for only Fayette County in-need students to select free school supplies, is beginning its work for 2016.
    Step one of the program is to receive donations from individuals, churches, businesses, clubs and others. Gifts of money enable the purchase of exactly what the teachers indicated their students need. Groups or individuals who wish to donate supplies are asked to contact the church to see what is needed.

  • Five arrested on mob action charges

    Three adults and two juveniles have been charged for allegedly attacking a male and female at an area residence.
    Information filed on Monday charged April Gates, 38; Brady W. Gates, 19; Ashley M. Swain, 19; and two juveniles, ages 16 and 17, all of Vandalia.
    All five individuals have been charged with mob action for allegedly acting together in attacking a male and female on Friday evening. Mob action is a Class 4 felony punishable by up to three years in prison.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 23

    ✔ 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, June 24

    ✔ Summer Lunches for Kids is offered from 11-11:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Vandalia, Shobonier and Vera, and from 11-11:30 a.m. every Wednesday in Ramsey and from 11:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. every Wednesday in Brownstown.

  • State asks judge to reconsider case dismissal

    The Fayette County State’s Attorney’s Office has filed its arguments for having a judge reconsider his decision to dismiss a case before a jury had an opportunity to reach a verdict.
    Assistant State’s Attorney Brenda Duke filed at the end of last month a motion in which she asked Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor to reconsider his ruling in the Benyamin Israel.
    In 2014, Israel was charged with robbery, aggravated battery/strangling, aggravated battery in a public case and obstructing justice.

  • Looking at the library

    Within the wall of Evans Public Library in Vandalia are more than 45,000 items, including books, DVDs, audio books, magazines and microfilm. But the library has many, many other choices that it can offer its patrons.
    That’s because of the library’s interlibrary loan program, through which materials are available both statewide and nationwide.
    And, at the same time that patrons of the local library are getting books and other items from other libraries, patrons of other libraries are getting materials from Evans Public Library.

  • Vandalia's new beautification committee begins making plans

    About 25 people were on hand last Thursday evening as Vandalia’s newly formed beautification committee began discussing plans for improving the community’s appearance.