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  • Amber Alert arrest made near Vandalia

     

    Effingham – Early on Wednesday, an Illinois State Police District 12 Trooper located an Ohio child identified in an early morning Amber Alert.

    At approximately 2:22 a.m. on Wednesday, District 12 telecommunications advised troopers of an Amber Alert issued by the Ohio State Highway Patrol (Jefferson County, Ohio).

    The Amber Alert indicated a 7-year-old girl was abducted by her estranged father, Matthew Scott Montgomery, and was possibly en route to Missouri via Interstate 70.

  • Saying Goodbye

    On the fifth anniversary of the dedication ceremony for the Family YMCA Fitness Center, the gym at the center got a new name – John K. Ashdown Gymnasium. Rick Myers, president of the YMCA Board of Directors, unveiled a plaque designating that honor as board members and staff said goodbye to Ashdown.

  • 'All over the board'

    Just a few years ago, the Fayette County Farm Bureau held its annual crop survey a little early, due to weather conditions that put corn and soybeans ahead of schedule.
    There’s no chance of that this year.
    Rain, both the amount and when it fell, has affected the growth of crops in places throughout the county. It has also caused replanting and delayed when the replanting could be done.
    “I talked to some farmers last week who were still planting beans,” said Stephanie Kraus, manager of the Farm Bureau offices in Fayette and Bond counties.

  • School registrations start this Thursday

    The start of another school year is just around the corner, with area school district registering students within the next week.
    The first district to register students is South Central, on Thursday of this week, and the Vandalia district is allowing parents to pre-register their students online.
    The registration dates for area schools follow:
    • South Central – Thursday, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., at South Central Middle School, 503 S. Madison St., Kinmundy. This is for student and athletic registration.

  • Basement fire damages Bluff City home Monday

    Vandalia fire officials believe that a dehumidifier is to blame for a fire that damaged a Bluff City home on Monday afternoon.

  • We Apologize

    In the story in last week's issue about the Model T visiting Vandalia, the parents of Tony Lawler were incorrectly listed; his parents are Larry and Ava Lawler. Tony Lawler's name was also incorrect in a photo caption on the back page.
    We apologize for the errors.

  • United Fund hands out checks

    The Fayette County United Fund held its distribution luncheon on Wednesday, with 10 local agencies receiving funds.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 30

    ✔ 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.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Brittany K. Yokley, 25, 1014 W. St. Louis Ave., Vandalia, was arrested on July 27 on charges of criminal trespass to a residence and criminal trespass to property. Bond was $1,500.
    • Tyler J. Dunaway, 33. 220 S. Pine St., St. Elmo, was arrested on July 27 on charges of criminal trespass to property and criminal trespass to land. Bond was $1,500.

  • CEFS holds first-time homebuyer event

    The CEFS Economic Opportunity Corp., an HUD-certified housing counseling agency, is sponsoring a first-time homebuyer informational workshop next Friday.
    The workshop, funded in part by State Farm Insurance, will be held from 1-3 p.m. at Evans Public Library, 215 S. Fifth St., Vandalia. Individual sessions will start every 30 minutes; to register or obtain more information, call 283-2631.