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  • Strong opposition to alcohol in parks

    Almost 70 people attended a public hearing on a request to allow alcohol in Vandalia parks for certain events, and almost all of them voiced strong opposition to the idea.
    Vandalia Park District commissioners held the hearing in the Vandalia Elementary School Little Theater last Thursday to get public comments after they were approached about allowing alcohol at adult softball tournaments.
    That request was the latest of several such requests, including ones for special events like military re-enactments, commissioners said at their March meeting.

  • County OKs resolution related to right to work

    Four days after the Fayette County Board passed a non-binding resolution tied to the right to work issue, the Vandalia City Council tabled a similar resolution.
    With a crowd that included about 50 local union members, the council voted 7-1 to table a resolution “in support of the ‘Turnaround Agenda’ for local government empowerment and reform.”

  • Main Street one-way for one block, three turns eliminated

    After more than two months of discussions, the Vandalia City Council has approved an agreement for several traffic flow changes designed to improve safety at two of the city’s downtown rail crossings.
    The council OK’d on Monday an agreement presented by the Illinois Commerce Commission following negotiations between the two parties after the ICC first submitted wide-sweeping changes at the Fifth and Sixth street crossings at the end of January.

  • Lincoln Forum (Video)
  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kevin Gonzalez, 20, Silom Spring, Ark., was arrested on April 14 on charges of driving without a valid license and speeding. Bond was $25,000.
    • Danny A. Shelby, 27, RR 2, Ramsey, was arrested on April 13 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $5,000, and he was turned over to the Illinois Department of Corrections on an IDOC warrant.
    • Eddie Mancilla Jr., 36, Kankakee, was arrested on April 13 for failure to appear in court on a Kankakee County traffic warrant. Bond was $16,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 16

    ✔ 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.

  • Vandalia's Mary Todd Lincoln

    Marilyn Cole is a Fayette County resident who has been a Mary Todd presenter for the past six years.

  • The Lincolns are Returning

    Vandalia’s Lewis Clymer remembers the first time that he was asked to portray Abe Lincoln … and doing so with hesitation.

  • Pinnacle celebrates St. Elmo growth

    One member of Pinnacle Foods’ executive leadership team said that several factors led to having the company’s St. Elmo plant take on its newest product line, with its location and available space being two of those.

  • Lions' Egg Hunt

    The Vandalia Lions Club held their annual Easter egg hunt on Sunday afternoon in Sonnemann Park on West Fillmore Street.