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  • Teen arrested last week for burglary of vehicles

    Charges are pending against a Vandalia teen who was arrested last week in connection for the burglary of motor vehicles last month.
    According to Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray, Carl E. Carroll was arrested on charges of burglary from a motor vehicle and criminal trespass to a vehicle.
    On Monday, a judge released Carroll due to the fact that charges were not being filed at this time.
    On the evening of Nov. 16, Vandalia Police handled reports of thefts from 13 vehicles. All of those vehicles, Ray said at the time, were unlocked.
     

  • Statehouse Christmas event is this Saturday evening

    The Vandalia Statehouse is this Saturday returning to the time when Abraham Lincoln served as a state legislator in that building.

  • Governor helps Statehouse project

    Those attending the Christmas Gala on Saturday to support the Vandalia Historical Society’s window renovation project at the Statehouse were surprised to learn of another supporter – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.

  • Ballot spots filled

    Fayette County residents will have decisions to make in three of six county officer positions in 2018.
    Three Democrats filed nominating petitions last Thursday that established races for the offices of county clerk, treasurer and sheriff.
    The filing period for the spring primary election ended at the end of the day on Monday, with the following having filed to run in 2018:
    • County clerk and recorder – Incumbent Vicky Conder of Vandalia (R) and Donna Thull (D) of Ramsey.

  • Council seeks input on leaf burning

    Vandalia’s aldermen are split on the issue of burning leaves, and they want to know where local residents stand before they consider making any changes to the city’s burning ordinance.
    The city council’s streets committee agreed to discuss the current ordinance after a letter from a resident, Kenny Lewey, asked the city to consider banning leaf burning.

  • Thrill Hill Bridge Project Under Way
  • Marathon Donation to EMA
  • Brownstown bank starts Santa's Helpers

    The First National Bank of Brownstown is asking local residents to help them provide Christmas gifts for local needy children.
    Local residents may sponsor children up through high-school age by taking a tag from the bank’s Santa’s Secret Helpers Christmas Tree and purchasing the gift or gifts on the tag.
    Each tag provides the age and gender of the child, clothing sizes and desired gift or gifts.
    Then, residents return the tag with the gift or gifts to the bank no later than noon on Saturday, Dec. 16.

  • Toys for Tots
  • Four arrested on drug charges

    Four individuals were arrested on drug charges following the raid of a Farina residence.
    Taken into custody were: Trent A. Parker, 28, 203 E. Madison St., Farina; Eric E. Lloyd, 30, 512 W. Seventh St., St. Elmo; Cody C. Bushue 26, 206 N. Poplar St., Farina; and Kaitlin R. Mahon, 24, 203 W. Madison St., Farina.
    According to the Fayette County Sheriff's Office arrest log, the four were arrested on methamphetamine charges when booked into the jail.