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  • School district puts in place plans to address bullying issue

    A month after hearing from concerns about bullying in the Vandalia School District from a parent, the district is holding a community presentation on bullying.
    The bullying education program will be held next Tuesday, from 5:30-7 p.m., in the Vandalia Community High School gym.
    Nancy Beem of the Community Resource Center will speak on four topics:
    • Bullying vs. conflict
    • Peer conflict resolution
    • Proper reporting
    • Resources/sources

  • ETSB discusses ambulance issue

    Rushed efforts to get a second ambulance service available for Fayette County early last week and a way to prevent that in the future were discussed at length last Thursday evening.
    That discussion came during a regular meeting of the county’s Emergency Telephone Systems Board, which is charged with seeing that ambulances are dispatched on 911 calls.
    Kevin Jenne, the county’s 911 coordinator, said that he was notified early last Tuesday morning that Vandalia Area Ambulance and Altamont Ambulance shut down their business.

  • Signup for Lighthouse 5K, walk now under way

    A 5K/Walk-4-Life will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, at Deken Park in St. Elmo as a fundraising event for Lighthouse Pregnancy & Health Services, 1703 W. Fletcher St., Vandalia.
    Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and a pre-event rally featuring Luke Hohlt, South Central Illinois Director of Fellowship of Christian Athletes at 8:30 a.m.
    The 5K run starts at 9 a.m., and the two-mile walk begins at 9:05 a.m.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 12

    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department is holding flu clinics from 10 a.m.-noon at the American Legion Community Center in Farina and from 1:15-3:15 p.m. at St. Peter Village Hall.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Room at Evans Public Library in Vandalia.
    ✔ The Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 will meet at Legion Home in Vandalia, with the executive board meeting at 5:30 p.m. and the regular meeting at 6 p.m.

  • No new CRP offers for now

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Tuesday that it will process many pending eligible offers for land enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program, and it will temporarily suspend accepting most new offers until later in the 2018 fiscal year.
    “All current, eligible CRP continuous enrollment offers made through Sept. 30, 2017 – except for those made under the Pollinator Habitat Initiative (CP42) – will be approved,” Steven J. Peterson, acting Farm Service Agency administrator, said.

  • Haunted house opens Friday

    This year’s edition of the haunted house provided by the Vandalia Swimming Pool staff makes its debut this weekend.

  • California man jailed for heroin

    A California man is in Fayette County Jail on $100,000 bond after being arrested on Sunday for possession of heroin.

  • A surplus county budget

    The Fayette County Board voted to open for public viewing a proposed budget that has a small surplus in the general fund at the end of the next fiscal year.
    That surplus is being made possible because of a decision involving past loans to the general fund from the capital improvements fund.
    Cat Lange of Bellwether, an operations consultant hired by the county board in July, told board members on Tuesday that in past year’s, the county has “tried to run a tightly-balanced budget” or one with a substantial deficit.

  • A day full of activities in Vandalia
  • VCHS Celebrates Homecoming Week