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  • Klitzing receives gifts from the Cardinals

    Shirley Klitzing is known for being a loyal St. Louis Cardinals fan all of her life –    “Since I was 8 years old and Enos Slaughter hit a home run and they (Cardinals) won the World Series.
    “I think it was 1946,” she said.

  • Food Bank Visits St. Elmo

    Pinnacle Foods in St. Elmo again hosted a visit by the Central Illinois Food Bank, and again was among the businesses donating food for the distribution.

    In the first photo, Cameron Kirby doles out some onions, and in the second photo, Karlee Kruenegel hands out baked goods such as bread, cookies and cakes. The mobile food pantry was made possible through donations from the Fayette County Farm Bureau, First United Methodist Church of St. Elmo, St. Elmo Lions Club and Vandalia Lions Club, as well as Pinnacle Foods.

  • Officer retires; city to fill spot

    The Vandalia City Council on Monday approved the retirement of a long-time police officer, then took the first step in hiring his replacement.

  • Higher water bills for some

    Some Vandalia residents may see their water bills increase in the future, even without increased water usage or rate hikes by the city.
    That’s because the city is looking at purchasing new water meters.
    The city council will likely vote on the purchase of new meters in the near future, acting on a recommendation from its water and sewer committee.
    In recent weeks, the committee has been meeting with Public Works Director Marlin Filer and members of his staff to talk about the issue.

  • YMCA Health Kids Day
  • Three former students now teachers

    Three former students of the Vandalia School District will be returning to classrooms next fall, this time as teachers.
    The Vandalia School Board voted last week to hire Katie Vieregge as the Title I math teacher at Vandalia Junior High School, Laura Hobbie as a science teacher at the junior high and Joe Kelly as a math teacher at VJHS.
    Also hired were Rachel Miller, for language arts at the high school, and Eric Lux, as a special education teacher at VCHS.

  • F&F of FCH holds fundraiser

    By Charlene Jett
    Oh, what a night – “A Night at the Tropicana” featuring the ”Babalou Band” at the Vandalia Country Club, presented by Friends and Families of Fayette County Hospital & Long Term Care. This fundraising event   was full of amusing characters, drama and laughter.

  • Former VCHS teacher, coach, administrator dies

    Former Vandalia Community High School teacher, coach and administrator Vito “Vic” Provinzano died on Thurday, April 23, at his home in Mattoon.

    Services were held at 10 a.m. on Monday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mattoon. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Mattoon. Hall Funeral Chapel in Effingham was in charge of arragements; online condolences may be expressed at www.hallfuneralchapel.com.

    Mr. Provinzano survivors include his wife of 68 years, Lucille; and three daughters.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 23

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse. All retired teachers in Fayette County are invited.
    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group should call Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.

  • Stewart pleads not guilty to attempted murder

    A Vandalia man who is charged with attempted first-degree murder has pleaded not guilty to that charge and other felony charges alleging the firing of a shotgun.
    But his request for the lowering of his bond was put on hold.
    Travis E. Stewart, 38, waived his right to a preliminary hearing as he made his first appearance in court with his attorney, Alan Pretnar of Taylor Springs, last Wednesday afternoon.
    During a preliminary hearing, a judge decides whether an individual will be held over for trial after hearing evidence presented by prosecutors.