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  • Fun Fest, Military Tribute are this Saturday

    The Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE and the Vandalia Tourism Commission are holding the annual Family Fun Fest and Military Tribute this Saturday in downtown Vandalia, rain or shine.
    The Fun Fest includes a bike show from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., kids’ games and activities, food stands, a live DJ and an attendance drawing.
    The bike show features seven classes, with registration from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The entry fee is $15 per bike or $10 plus a small stuffed animal. Judging starts at 2 p.m.

  • St. Elmo Junior-Senior High temporarily on lockdown

    St. Elmo Junior-Senior High School was temporarily on lockdown status this morning.

    St. Elmo Superintendent Deb Philpot issued the following press release about the incident:

  • Administrator candidate review begins

    A Vandalia City Council committee will begin weeding out the candidates for the city administrator post next week.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 7

    ✔ 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, May 8

  • 10-year term for arson, meth

    A Mt. Olive man who was arrested on aggravated arson and methamphetamine charges a little more than a year ago has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

  • National Week of Prayer is this week

    The National Week of Prayer is being observed in Vandalia throughout this week, starting with a community prayer on Sunday night and ending with the National Day of Prayer breakfast this Thursday.

    The schedule for the week is as follows:

    • Sunday – Community prayer at First Church of God on Thrill Hill Road, 6 p.m.

    • Monday – Prayer at Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, 7:45-8 a.m., with the Rev. John Glennon of Parkview Free Methodist Church the facilitator.

  • Celebration of Life Service
  • Former VCHS teacher, coach, administrator dies

    Former Vandalia Community High School teacher, coach and administrator Vito “Vic” Provinzano died on Thurday, April 23, at his home in Mattoon.
    Services were held at 10 a.m. on Monday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mattoon. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Mattoon. Hall Funeral Chapel in Effingham was in charge of arragements; online condolences may be expressed at www.hallfuneralchapel.com.
    Mr. Provinzano survivors include his wife of 68 years, Lucille; and three daughters.

  • News Briefs

    Pageant call-in day is Saturday

    This Saturday is call-in day for contestants for this year's Little Miss and Junior Fayette County pageants.
    Parents of contestants for the Little Miss pageant (ages 5-7) may begin calling at 9 a.m., and contestants for the Junior Miss pageant (entering grades 6-8) may begin calling at 10 a.m. The number to call is 427-3762.
    The first 20 callers in each division will be accepted for the pageants.
    Contestants for this year's Miss Fayette County Fair may enter through June 9.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 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.

    Friday, May 1