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  • Lincoln events this weekend

    Vandalia will celebrate  Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday with two events this weekend
    The celebration kicks off  Saturday evening with the fifth annual Lincoln Victory Ball, an event featuring local residents in period dress performing period dances to period music.
    The Vandalia Tourism Commission is sponsoring the ball, which will be held from 7-10 p.m. at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
    There is no admission charge for those dressed in period clothing, and the cost for others is $5.

  • Three arrested on Class X meth charges

    Three area residents have been charged with Class X felonies after being arrested this week for allegedly being involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
    Charged with the manufacture of 400-900 grams of methamphetamine are Tommy Lee R. Stockton, 29, of Altamont; Justin K. Leonberger, 35, 319 S. Remann St., Vandalia; and Shana C. Reed, 19, 2087 W. Fifth St., St. Elmo.
    Reed has also been charged with possession of less than 15 grams of a methamphetamine precursor (a substance from which another is formed).

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Feb. 5

    ✔ 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. Anyone interested in joining the group is asked to 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.

  • Tuesday fire guts Vandalia home

    A fire early morning destroyed a home in the northwest area of Vandalia on Tuesday.

  • Rhodes, Hanabarger given Abes

    Both Carl Rhodes and Linda Hanabarger concentrate on the past as they volunteer to make the present and future better for Vandalia.

  • 'Back to square one' on rail issue

    All of those attending a work session of the Vandalia City Council on Monday night agreed that there is a need for safety improvements at the city’s Sixth Street rail crossing.

  • Two injured in Route 51 accident

    Both drivers involved in an accident on U.S. Route 51 near Vernon early last Saturday morning were airlifted to St. Louis hospitals.

    According to the Illinois State Police, a 2008 Nissan Sentra driven by Kevin W. Donnals, 31, of Farina, was northbound on Route 51 when he crossed into the southbound lane and collided with a 2007 Ford propane tanker truck driven by a 58-year-old Vandalia male. His name was not released by the state police.

    The Patoka and Vandalia fire departments were called to extricate Donnals from his vehicle.

  • Elks clinic in Effingham on Feb. 19

    The Effingham Elks 1016 Lodge, in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corp., will sponsor a free children’s orthopedic assessment clinic on Thursday, Feb. 19.
    The clinic is from 8:30-9:30 a.m., by appointment only, at the Bonutti Orthopedic Clinic, 1303 W. Evergreen Ave., in Effingham. Dr. Timothy Gray will be the clinician in charge.
    To make an appointment, call the Illinois Elks Children’s Care office at 1-800-272-0074 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. There are no charges for any services at this clinic.

  • Eagles presentation on Feb. 14

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the Case-Halstead Library in Carlyle, will host an eagle watch on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the library.
    At 10 a.m. and noon, the World Bird Sanctuary will present “All About Eagles” and will bring a live bald eagle to demonstrate the majestic flight and nature of this bird.

  • Fire Guts Brownstown Home

    Firefighters from six area departments responded to a fire south of Brownstown on Friday morning that destroyed the home of the Dustin Sefton family. The Brownstown Fire Department was called to the home off of the Brownstown blacktop shortly after 9 a.m., and called for mutual aid assistance from firefighters from Vandalia, St. Elmo, St. Peter, Farina and Altamont.

    Firefighters were at the scene for more than five hours.