Local News

  • CEFS seeking food pantry more volunteers, donors

    Hunger is an issue in every community in America – one in seven people, including 15 million children, are food insecure.
    Supporting hunger relief by volunteering or gifting cash will help families, children and seniors in need, including the 16.4 percent of Fayette County who live below poverty level.
    This is an “opportunity for everyone to help make their communities better,” Diana Aviv, CEO at Feeding America, said.

  • CEFS begins taking applications for LIHEAP assistance on Sept. 1

    The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corp. will begin accepting applications for the 2017 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the Percentage of Income Payment Plan on Thursday, Sept. 1.
    This is the first day that appointments can be made for the program. Appointments can be made by contacting the local C.E.F.S. County Outreach office on Gallatin Street in Vandalia.
    September and October are priority months, reserved for those households that have either a member age 60 and above or are disabled.

  • School registration termed 'seamless'

    The Vandalia School District’s practice in recent years of holding student registration at one centralized location in recent years has continually improved, Superintendent Rich Well told the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday.
    So much so, Well said, that the district plans to continue the practice next year, reducing the number of registration days from two to one.
    Well said that this year’s registration, held at Vandalia Junior High School, “was seamless.

  • City adds angle parking downtown

    The city of Vandalia on Monday night moved one step closer to adding more angle parking in the downtown business district.

  • Council OKs 1 liquor license for gaming

    Initially asked to OK the addition of two liquor licenses tied to gaming, the Vandalia City Council agreed to add one of those licenses.
    In a 5-3 vote, the council voted to increase the number of Class A liquor licenses from three to four, after a discussion between one of the partners seeking that license and an aldermen. With the passage of the ordinance, it is now up to Gottman, as the city’s liquor commissioner, to act on the actual license request.

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  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 18

    ✔ 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, August 19

    ✔ Bingo will be held at the Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 Home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and bingo begins at 7 p.m. The kitchen will be open.

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  • Cancer fund meeting this Thursday

    The Fayette County Cancer Fund is holding a meeting at 7 p.m. this Thursday in the Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care conference room.
    The meeting is open to the public, and all interested individuals are invited to attend.
    At the meeting, fund volunteers will be discussing various arrangements for Celebration in the Park, set for Sept. 24, as well as setting a date for the fund's survivor dinner.
    Fund officers and volunteers want all residents of Fayette County to have their voice and opinions heard.

  • Museum's new Season of Events schedule announced

    The Fayette County Museum has announced the 2016-17 Season of Events in Wesley Hall at First United Melodist Church, located at Madison and Fourth streets in Vandalia.
    At 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, Stan Seevers of Argenta will present a very popular program, “Stan’s What’s It’s.”
    Severs will bring a variety of tools from his extensive collection of tools used in farms and homes in the past. After those present pass around the tools and try to identify each, Seevers will announce what each was used for.