Today's News

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, April 26
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Litchfield Chinatown Restaurant.
    Friday, April 27
    • Items for Boy Scout Troop #444 garage sale can be taken to the Phillips Building from 6-8 p.m. To help start the new troop, donations are needed, and anything will be taken. To schedule a drop-off/pick-up time, call Tamela Bartels-Polanin at 292-7373 or send an e-mail to stacyrocks78@hotmail.com.
    • Prairieland Pickers will perform at 6:30 p.m. at Brookstone Estates, 1607 W. Fillmore, Vandalia.

  • Rotary Club Welcomes German Exchange Group

    A six-member Rotary exchange group from Germany presented a program to Vandalia Rotarians earlier this month.

    The group was on a month-long trip in the United States, but much of their time was spent in Illinois. Pictured with the German delegation is Vandalia Rotary Club President Lyn Gartke, right.

  • Rotary 'Making A Difference' Winners

    In the last of a series of challenges to community organizations to encourage blood donations, the Vandalia Rotary Club was defeated by the fire, police and sheriff’s departments.

  • CEFS Open House is next Thursday

    An open house will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, at the CEFS Fayette Outreach office, located at 517 W. Gallatin St., Vandalia.
    The open house, in celebration of Community Action Month, will include refreshments and door prizes.

  • Resource Expo is next Thursday

    The Transition Planning Committee of Fayette County will hold a Transition and Community Resource Expo next Thursday at the Lincoln School Community Center at 525 W. Lincoln St. in Vandalia
    The expo will run from 3-5 p.m. at the former Lincoln School.
    The expo will offer information on the topics of:
    • Educational and training opportunities.
    • Financial aid.
    • Employment opportunities
    • Job placement
    • Social Security
    • Housing
    • Transportation
    • Self-advocacy

  • Vandalia Cleanup Week is May 14-18

    Vandalia residents who are customers of Doty Sanitation will have the opportunity to get rid of unwanted items during the city’s annual Cleanup Week May 14-18.
    The unwanted items are to be placed alongside regular trash on residents’ normal trash pickup days.
    Residents wishing to get rid of old appliances and other large items are not required to call city hall. They need only to place those large items out with their regular trash.

  • Bird count set for May 5

    The selected date for the Fayette County Spring Bird Count is Saturday, May 5.
    Fayette County, along with the other 101 Illinois counties, will be participating in the 40th annual statewide Spring Bird Count that day.
    The count is sponsored by the Illinois Audubon Society, Illinois Ornithological Society, Illinois Natural History Survey and other birding groups throughout the state.

  • News Briefs

    Lions Mobile Sight Unit here Friday

    The Vandalia Lions Club will host the Lions’ Mobile Sight Testing Unit at Walmart in Vandalia from noon-4 p.m. this Friday.
    The Lions will offer free eye screening for diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause in new blindness for adults.
    Anyone having diabetes, as well as relatives with diabetes, and those over the age of 55 are invited to the screening.
    For more information, contact Bob DePaolo Sr. at 283-3332.

    Summer lunches meeting is May 9

  • Ribbon Cutting Held at Ali Marie's On Gallatin

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Sunday, April 1, at Ali Marie's on Gallatin.

    The store, owned by Alison Durbin, shown in the second row in the center in the above picture, is located at 509 W. Gallatin St. The store sells new brand-name clothing for men and women, as well as accessories such as sunglasses, jewelry and belts. The telephone number for the store is 339-7159. 

  • Vandalia Medicine Shoppe pharmacy closes

    After more than three years in business in Vandalia, Keri Henry has closed the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, selling the customer prescription files to Cain’s HealthMart Pharmacy.
    Henry cited the state’s slow payment record as the primary reason for her decision to pull the plug on the business at the end of the day last Friday.
    “The reason we sold is because of how the state of Illinois is operating now,” she said. “It’s hard to stay open when you’re not getting paid.”