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Local News

  • Friday accident closes section of I-70

    Three people were injured in a four-vehicle accident last Friday afternoon that caused the closure of a section of Interstate 70 near Vandalia for more than an hour.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 24

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. in the gym at First Baptist Church in Ramsey.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Mother gets prison in infant's death

    A St. Elmo woman was sentenced to three years in prison for negligence that resulted in the death of her infant child.
    Judge Allan Bennett issued the sentence for Heaven N. Davis, 24, a little more than two months after Davis pleaded guilty to an amended charge of endangering the life or health of a child.
    Davis was charged by the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison with the Class 3 felony on Jan. 31, 10 days after her 1-year-old daughter, Addison Scott, was found submerged in water in the bathtub of the family home.

  • Emmily Leidner's Relay for Life speech

    Emmily Leidner, age 9, was the guest speaker during the luminaria ceremony at the Mini-Relay for Life on Friday evening in Rogier Park in Vandalia.

  • Finishing the Relay

    A Mini-Relay for Life was held on Friday evening to finish this year's event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

    This year's Relay for Life in June was shortened by heavy rains. Friday night's activities in Rogier Park in Vandalia included the annual luminary walk honoring those who have lost their battle against cancer as well as cancer survivors.
     

  • City plans to hire administrator

    About 4½ years after its city administrator left to take another job, the city of Vandalia has decided to again try to fill that position.

  • City to hire administrator/economic development director

    The Vandalia City Council voted on Monday to proceed with the hiring of a city administrator/economic development director.

    More on the story in this week's issue.

  • ID theft, scams workshop Tuesday in Ramsey

    CHICAGO – The Office of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka will present an ‘Identity Theft, Frauds, and Scams’ workshop in Ramsey on Tuesday, July 22 to assist residents in learning the proactive and reactive steps to take when dealing with identity theft.
     

  • Schools get state money on time

    In contrast to the past several years, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday received good news on the financial front.
    Superintendent Rich Well told the board that the state made its fourth quarterly categorical payment to the district before the end of the fiscal year on June 30.
    That on-time payment leaves the district with an unanticipated windfall of $400,000 in state funding. In recent years, the state had delayed that final payment until mid-July, which means it had to be applied to the next fiscal year’s revenues.

  • Resident wants fair sign law enforcement

    “Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs …”
    Those lyrics from a 1970s song are similar to a message delivered to the Vandalia City Council by a resident who alleged selective enforcement of the city’s sign ordinances.
    Dave Hill asked city officials for fair and consistent enforcement of sign laws after being asked to take down signs he posted.