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  • Summer Lunches for Kids

    The Summer Lunches for Kids program gets under way next week in area communities.
    The free lunches will be available from 11-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, June 10-Aug. 14, at the following locations:
    • Vandalia – Lincoln Park, across from the Vandalia Statehouse; and gazebo in Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street.
    • Shobonier – Township building across from the post office.
    • Vera – Township garage parking lot.
    • Ramsey – Lions Park.

  • No beggars allowed

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday an ordinance amendment designed to get rid of beggars, a problem that has been prevalent at main intersections in town.
    The ordinance states, “No person shall beg or solicit alms within the city limits except when acting as a representative of a recognized charitable organization.”
    The city drafted the ordinance after receiving numerous complaints about individuals with signs soliciting money at such places as Mattes Avenue near Murphy’s and Embers.

  • Evans Summer Reading Program now under way

    Evans Public Library and McDonald’s invite local youth to sign up for the library’s summer reading program, "Read to the Rhythm."
    "Read to the Rhythm" offers two reading programs this summer – one for children age 3 through sixth grade and one for students in junior high through newly graduated high school seniors. Students in fifth and sixth grades may choose either program.
    Prizes will be awarded for reading throughout the summer and five special programs will be offered in June at the library.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 4

    ✔ 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, June 5

  • McCarter to host town hall meeting on synthetic drugs Thursday

    The rise of synthetic drugs in Illinois and across the nation is keeping law enforcement, health professionals and drug counselors working overtime. An important tool to combat the serious health threat is to get families involved through education and awareness, according to State Sen. Kyle McCarter.

    Sen. McCarter is hosting a district-wide town hall meeting on synthetic drugs on Thursday at the Vandalia Junior High School, from 6:30 to 8:00pm.

  • Gordon, Meyer advance to state track & field finals

    Curtis Gordon advanced to the state finals in both the pole vault and 110-meter hurdles, and Ethan Meyer moved on to the state finals in the triple jump.

    Gordon was among the pole vaulters meeting the qualifying height of 13 feet, 6 inches, and he qualified in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.50 seconds.

    Meyer had the third-best jump, 42 feet, 10 1/4 inches, to advance to Saturday's finals.

  • Breast cancer program June 7

    A presentation on breast cancer awareness will be given by the Fayette County Health Department on Sunday, June 7, at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.
    The presentation and luncheon, from noon-2 p.m., are free and open to the public.
    Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP with the church by calling 283-1970 by Friday, June 5.
    For more information, contact Kelly Curll at the health department, 283-1044, ext. 1302.

  • Motorcycle Awareness Month

    Mayor Rick Gottman, right, has signed a proclamation declaring May as Motorcycle Awarenss Month in Vandalia. With Gottman are members of the Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE.

    The chapter has more than 300 members in Montgomery, Fayette and Bond counties. ABATE is a non-profit organization that supports lobbying for motorcycle and ATV rights in the state legislature, as well as providing educationl programs in driver education classes at local high schools.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 28

    ✔ 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 will meet from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group can contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Using Facebook

    The use of social media could have been a factor in the Vandalia Police Department taking someone into custody a short time after receiving a report of vandalism.
    At 8:34 a.m. on Friday, police received a report of a 1978 Vandalia Park District truck parked at the district garage had been damaged.
    Police reported that the windshield of the truck had been cracked and that both taillights had been busted out.