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  • Bond set at $100,000 for man who causes three-county chase

    Bond has been set at $100,000 for a Shelbyville man who led police officers in three counties on a high-speed chase on Saturday evening.
    Michael R. Eakle, 39, was initially issued traffic citations for driving 1-10 mph over the speed limit, improper passing/safe distance, disregarding an official traffic-control device, reckless driving, fleeing or attempting to elude police, driving on a revoked driver’s license, driving more than 35 mph over the speed limit and disregarding a stop sign.

  • Lions' parade is next Thursday

    The Vandalia Lions Club is honoring one of its longtime members and former officers at this year’s Halloween Parade.
    Bob DePaolo Sr., who has also been active locally as a member of the Fayette County Knights of Columbus at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church, has been chosen to serve as the grand marshal for the Lions’ 74th annual parade.
    The parade will be held at 7 p.m. next Thursday, again starting at Seventh and Gallatin streets and traveling east on Gallatin to Third Street.

  • Two TIF grants the last for awhile

    Two weeks after supporting two Tax Increment Financing grants, as members of the city’s TIF Advisory Board, Vandalia aldermen formally approved those grants.
    And before Monday’s regular council meeting, aldermen agreed to not favor adding TIF funds to a grant award approved last month.
    The council approved a grant of up to $34,887.64 to Radliff Properties, which Rick and Cindy Radliff will apply toward renovating a section of the former Allen Furniture building to create a restaurant.

  • School district puts in place plans to address bullying issue

    A month after hearing from concerns about bullying in the Vandalia School District from a parent, the district is holding a community presentation on bullying.
    The bullying education program will be held next Tuesday, from 5:30-7 p.m., in the Vandalia Community High School gym.
    Nancy Beem of the Community Resource Center will speak on four topics:
    • Bullying vs. conflict
    • Peer conflict resolution
    • Proper reporting
    • Resources/sources

  • ETSB discusses ambulance issue

    Rushed efforts to get a second ambulance service available for Fayette County early last week and a way to prevent that in the future were discussed at length last Thursday evening.
    That discussion came during a regular meeting of the county’s Emergency Telephone Systems Board, which is charged with seeing that ambulances are dispatched on 911 calls.
    Kevin Jenne, the county’s 911 coordinator, said that he was notified early last Tuesday morning that Vandalia Area Ambulance and Altamont Ambulance shut down their business.

  • Signup for Lighthouse 5K, walk now under way

    A 5K/Walk-4-Life will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, at Deken Park in St. Elmo as a fundraising event for Lighthouse Pregnancy & Health Services, 1703 W. Fletcher St., Vandalia.
    Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and a pre-event rally featuring Luke Hohlt, South Central Illinois Director of Fellowship of Christian Athletes at 8:30 a.m.
    The 5K run starts at 9 a.m., and the two-mile walk begins at 9:05 a.m.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 12

    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department is holding flu clinics from 10 a.m.-noon at the American Legion Community Center in Farina and from 1:15-3:15 p.m. at St. Peter Village Hall.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Room at Evans Public Library in Vandalia.
    ✔ The Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 will meet at Legion Home in Vandalia, with the executive board meeting at 5:30 p.m. and the regular meeting at 6 p.m.

  • No new CRP offers for now

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Tuesday that it will process many pending eligible offers for land enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program, and it will temporarily suspend accepting most new offers until later in the 2018 fiscal year.
    “All current, eligible CRP continuous enrollment offers made through Sept. 30, 2017 – except for those made under the Pollinator Habitat Initiative (CP42) – will be approved,” Steven J. Peterson, acting Farm Service Agency administrator, said.

  • Haunted house opens Friday

    This year’s edition of the haunted house provided by the Vandalia Swimming Pool staff makes its debut this weekend.

  • California man jailed for heroin

    A California man is in Fayette County Jail on $100,000 bond after being arrested on Sunday for possession of heroin.