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  • Farm Bureau Donates to Foundation

    Stephanie Kraus, manager of the Fayette County Farm Bureau (second from left), presents Rachelle Hollinshead, county director with Fayette County Extension (second from right), with a $500 check for the Fayette County Extension Foundation.

    Also present for the photo were Robert Bellm, commercial agriculture extension educator at the Brownstown Agronomy Research Center (far left) and Jamie Washburn, local foods/small farms Extension educator.

  • IDOC releases information on power outage

     Power went out in the town of Vandalia and surrounding area at approximately 10:15-10:20 last night
    ·        Power at the prison was lost at approx. 10:20 and restored at 11:52 p.m.

  • St. Paul Lutheran celebrates 150th anniversary
  • Two sent to prison for DUI offenses

    Two area men were sentenced to prison last week after pleading guilty to felony charges of driving under the influence of alcohol.
    Judge J. Marc Kelly sentenced Terry R. Park, 49, of Salem, to four years in prison after Park pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence of prison, a Class 1 felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
    Kelly also sentenced Robert A. Ward, 41, of Vandalia, to three years in prison after Ward pleaded guilty to a Class 2 aggravated DUI charge punishable by up to seven years in prison.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 21

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. at the Legion Home.

  • Last-minute school hirings approved

    Meeting on the first day of classes, the Vandalia Board of Education approved several last-minute coaching and employment assignments, and heard preliminary enrollment reports from building principals.

  • Rauner campaigns in Vandalia

    While his opponent claims that he is a wealthy man who is out of touch with residents of the state, Bruce Rauner said he has acquired that wealth through years of hard work.

  • Twisters & TIF

    After Dennis Grubaugh’s request for city assistance to put a new roof on the Twisters building was tabled, Grubaugh asked for help in tearing it down.
    Both of those alternatives were discussed in the past week by a city advisory committee and the city council.
    Grubaugh initially asked for a $75,000 Tax Increment Financing grant for the roof replacement, estimated at $260,000, and the council tabled that request, asking for more information.

  • First Day of School
  • Bomb Technicians' Training

    All members of the Illinois Secretary of State bomb technicians and dog handlers were at Vandalia Elementary School and Vandalia Junior High School for training sessions late last week.