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  • One charged with robbery waives prelim

    One of three men arrested on attempted robbery charges following an incident that resulted in one of them sustaining a gunshot wound has pleaded not guilty.
    At a hearing last Wednesday afternoon, Randy Montgomery, 47, of Coffeen, entered a not guilty plea through his attorney, conflict public defender Thomas Zurliene.
    Montgomery waived his right for a preliminary hearing and also waived formal arraignment during the brief hearing before Judge James L. Roberts.

  • Statehouse cut back to four days

    Just a week after hearing that Illinois’ tourism numbers are on the rise, Vandalia residents are learning that their biggest tourist attraction is taking a big hit.
    A month after saying that cuts at state historic sites were likely, officials of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency announced those cuts.
    The sites affected by those cuts include the Vandalia Statehouse, which will now be open one less day each week.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 7

    ✔ 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, August 8

  • Lemonade Raid Raises $3,000

    Carson LaDage serves a glass of lemonade during the second annual Carson's Lemonade Raid at County Market.

    The event raised about $3,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Carson is the son of Vandalia native Todd LaDage and the grandson of Bill and Sharon LaDage of Vandalia.

  • Working for Tips

    For the second year, Vandalia Swimming Pool Manager Lisa Robbins and her staff worked for tips and donations at Sonic, with the money raised to go into the "Save Our Pool" fund.

    The money in that fund will go toward renovations to the pool. At right, Sonic employee Lane Fifer, right, shows pool employee Jaedyn Worker how to work a coin changer.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 31

    ✔ 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.

  • Ready for the future

    In a move designed to position the company for the future, South Central FS recently completed construction of a $5-million plant near Vandalia’s western I-70 interchange.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Brittany K. Yokley, 24, 1014 W. St. Louis Ave., Vandalia, was arrested on July 29 for failure to appear in court on a charge of distribution of a misbranded drug. Bond was $5,000.
    • Joshua D. Crawford, 36, Pocahontas, was arrested on July 28 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $5,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 31

    ✔ 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.

  • Ramsey shooting, Pana standoff may have a link

    Authorities investigating a standoff in the Pana area that ended with a Pana man being fatally shot and a police officer wounded are studying a link to a prior shooting incident in Fayette County.
    Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a home southeast of Pana at about 3:15 a.m. on Tuesday for a report of “a man with a gun,” according to the Illinois State Police.