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  • Fake bills

    More than a week after a second arrest related to the spread of counterfeit money in the area, the Vandalia Police Department is continuing its investigation.
    “There’s still (counterfeit) money out there,” VPD Chief Jeff Ray said on Monday.
    In recent weeks, the VPD has received a number of reports of counterfeit money being used at local businesses, and Ray said that his department has recovered $5, $10, $20 and $100 counterfeit bills.

  • Meyer, Miller advance to state track meet

    Emma Meyer, in the pole vault and 100-meter run, and Anna Miller, in the 300-meter hurdles, advanced to the state track meet next week in Charleston

  • Electronic recycling during Cleanup Week in Vandalia

     

  • Tourism Commission holding Hanging Basket Sale

    The Tourism Commission will be holding a Hanging Basket Sale this Friday at Vandalia City Hall. They will be selling 10” premium baskets. The cost will be $16 each and you can pre-order & pre-pay at Vandalia City Hall before May 22nd or you can purchase the day of until they are gone. Any questions contact LaTisha at 618-283-1152.

  • Auxiliary Poppy Day

    Mayor Rick Gottman signed a proclamation declaring this Saturday at American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Day in Vandalia.

    With Gottman are Liz Elam, Mary Truitt and Sue Shadwell. The auxiliary will be selling poppies this Saturday to raise funds to help disabled veterans.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 14

    ✔ 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's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. at the library. Those interested in joining the group may contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.

  • City or civil matter?

    The city of Vandalia’s legal counsel will try to determine whether it should be involved in a request to relocate a city street as it was platted or whether it’s a civil matter between two parties.
    The city council’s streets committee met last week to discuss Andy Lester’s interest in moving a section of Fletcher Street that runs south of his property, running west off of Sunset Drive.

  • National Week of Prayer
  • Jail time for theft of trailers

    A Shobonier teen who was one of two individuals arrested in March for a number trailer thefts in the area will spend a little less than four months in jail.
    Johnny L. Baker, 18, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Fayette County Court to a charge of vehicle theft conspiracy and was sentenced to 120 days in the Fayette County Jail, with 10 days credit given for time already served.
    Judge Don Sheafor also sentenced Baker to 48 months probation, issued a $2,500 fine, and ordered him to pay a $50 Crimewatch fee and a $400 public defender reimbursement fee.

  • New county payroll system OK'd

    The Fayette County Board on Tuesday approved a change in its payroll system that the county clerk believes will save the county money and “simplify” operations.
    County Clerk Vicky Conder told the county board that when she was notified that First National Bank was wanting to discontinue payroll services to the county, she began shopping around for companies that could provide that service.