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  • Man allegedly threw rock at a van, not his house

    A Vandalia man charged last week with causing injuries to a 1-year-old child allegedly did so by throwing a rock at a van, not a house.
    It was incorrectly stated in last week’s issue that felony charges filed against Robert A.C. Stombaugh, 29, alleged that he threw a rock through a window at a home in the 300 block of South Fourth Street.
    A Vandalia Police report states that police were called to the house for a report of a dispute.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 23

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Evans Public Library will host PACK from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to read to DarnFar Ranch's specially trained therapy dogs. Registration is required; to register, call the library at 283-2824 or stop by the library.

  • Moyer stepping down in January

    Vandalia’s director of public works will be retiring at the start of next year.

  • Walking to support & prevent

    They walk to remember loved ones. But they also walk with hopes that others won’t be joining them in the future.

  • More gaming OK'd

    Two weeks after overwhelmingly rejecting the addition of liquor licenses for the purpose of gaming, the Vandalia City Council narrowly decided to allow them.
    The council voted 4-3 on Monday to allow up to three Class A liquor licenses, with two aldermen – B. John Clark and Russ Stunkel – changing their votes from two weeks ago. Also voting Monday to allow up to three Class A licenses were Crawford and Neil Clark
    B. John Clark made a motion to reconsider the action taken on the liquor license issue on Oct. 6, when it passed by a 6-2 margin.

  • County takes on budget deficit

    Chairman Steve Knebel said on Tuesday that the county’s budget for the new fiscal year will be a balanced one.
    But, he said, before they start that new fiscal year in December, they need to address a problem with the current one.
    The county board met in special session on Tuesday night so it could discuss with department heads that problem – deficits with the current budget.
    With two months to go in this fiscal year – October and November – the county is looking at a budget deficit of about $60,000, Knebel said.

  • FCH & LTC will become tobacco-free Nov. 20

    Fayette County Hospital & Long Term Care announced this week that on Nov. 20, the date of this year’s Great American Smoke Out, it will transition to a 100-percent tobacco-free campus.
    “As everyone knows, tobacco use is a leading cause of preventable death and disease in this country.
    We are a healthcare institution, and our job is to save lives and prevent disease, so to become 100-percent tobacco-free not only makes sense, but it is the responsible thing to do for our community,” said Greg Starnes, CEO.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 16

    ✔ 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, October 17

  • Vandalia dog park is in the works

    The Vandalia Park District has agreed to work with the local animal rescue on a project that will benefit local dog owners.

  • Another Eventful Weekend