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  • Vandalia man charged with injuring 1-year-old

    Bond has been set at $150,000 for a Vandalia man accused of causing serious injury to a 1-year-old child.
    Robert A.C. Stombaugh was arrested on Monday night and charged on Tuesday with four felonies after an incident at a Vandalia home.
    According to Vandalia Police, officers were called to a home in the 300 block of South Fourth Street for a report of a disturbance.
    Stombaugh was taken into custody after allegedly throwing a rock through a window of a vehicle at that home. A 1-year-old child in the vehicle reportedly sustained injuries to the eyes and face.

  • County has budget issues

    The Fayette County Board chairman said on Monday that the county will be presenting a proposed budget that’s balanced to the public.
    But, Steve Knebel said, “whatever we put before the public will change.”
    That, Knebel said, is because “a couple of things have come up” since the proposed budget was drafted.
    One of those “things” is notification that the county’s workers’ compensation coverage from Bliss McKnight will not be renewed, Knebel said.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 9

    ✔ 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 Vandalia Park District Board meets at 4 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center, located west of Vandalia Community High School.

  • Fall Festivals

    The area was full of fall festivals this past weekend.

  • Community Garden festival is Saturday

    The seed for the Little Community Garden in Vandalia was planted about 12 years ago and has flourished and grown under the capable hands and loyal commitment (plus inspiration and  perspiration) of local Master Gardeners and willing volunteers.

    As the garden grew, so did the number of people who joined in the works that have to be done to raise a clean and neatly kept, productive plot of ground, while also adding to its natural beauty with the addition of blooming, colorful flowers and trees.  

  • Council rejects adding liquor licenses for gaming

    The Vandalia City Council voted on Monday not to increase the number of liquor licenses, which would have allowed two businesses to receive gaming licenses.
    In a 6-2 vote, the council essentially rejected the requests from 4 Aces, which had planned to put gaming machines at 1611 Veterans Ave., next to Midland States Bank; and Spin2Win, which planned to have machines at 337 Mattes in Vandalia Commons.

  • Four arrested as 1 is sought

    A team of several law enforcement agencies that descended upon a residence in rural Beecher City last Wednesday for the arrest of one individual ended up taking four people into custody.
    And more arrests are likely as an investigation in that case continues.

  • There's a lot going on this Saturday

    How many times have you heard someone say, "There's never anything going on in Vandalia." Well, that's definitely not true this Saturday.
    Saturday's schedule includes a slate full of activities, with the 45th annual Grande Levée topping that list. That popular event includes, as always, a ham and beans dinner with music on Friday evening, and period crafts, food and music throughout the day on Saturday.

  • Fourth fuNFest is this Saturday

    The fourth annual Jordan fuNFest is being held this Saturday at Gatch Lake from noon-6 p.m.
    The event is being held to raise funds for the fight against neurofibromatosis, a highly variable, complicated and progressive genetic disorder that can cause tumors to grow anywhere in the body at any time.
    Jordan Walk, daughter of Brian and Amanda Walk, was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis in March 2010.
    She has an optic nerve glioma (a tumor directly behind the eye). It is currently stable and has been for four years, and is closely monitored through eye exams.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 2

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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, October 3