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  • Full schedule of area activities set for Halloween

    Halloween will be observed many ways in area communities in the next few days.
    The Vandalia Lions Club’s 74th annual Halloween Parade, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, is first on the schedule.
    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 this year’s parade.
    The parade again starts at Seventh and Gallatin streets and travels east on Gallatin to Third Street.

  • Frakes' second request denied

    For the second time in a month, a Vandalia man who was sentenced to 18 years in prison on child pornography charges has had his request for a lighter sentence denied.

  • Taking bullying by the horns

    A community presentation on bullying drew only about 30 people on Tuesday night. And two-thirds of those were Vandalia School District administrators and teachers.

  • Local man charged with threatening police in video Facebook post

    A day after being arrested for failure to appear in court, a Vandalia man was charged with threatening a public official.
    Bond has been set at $40,000 for Tad A. Keeling, 30, 511 W. St. Clair St., who was arrested on the felony charge last Friday.
    Information filed by the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison alleges that on Oct. 11, Keeling “knowingly conveyed indirectly to the Vandalia Police Department, public officials, a threat, being a video post to Facebook.”

  • Traffic stop leads to cannabis arrests

    Three individuals were taken into custody after an Illinois State police discovered 62 pounds of cannabis during a traffic stop on Interstate 70 west of Vandalia last week.
    The state police said on Tuesday that shortly after 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 11, a trooper initiated a traffic stop on a Toyota Camry for allegedly following another vehicle too closely.
    During the stop, the cannabis, having a street value of about $150,000, was discovered, the ISP said.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 19

    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department hospice grief support group meets from 6-7 p.m. at the health department, 416 W. Edwards St., Vandalia. For more information, call 283-7262.

    Friday, October 20

    ✔ Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 will hold bingo at 7 p.m. at the Legion Home; doors open at 5:30 p.m.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

  • Honoring Seniors
  • 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.