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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Former VCHS teacher, coach, administrator dies

    Former Vandalia Community High School teacher, coach and administrator Vito “Vic” Provinzano died on Thurday, April 23, at his home in Mattoon.

    Services were held at 10 a.m. on Monday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mattoon. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Mattoon. Hall Funeral Chapel in Effingham was in charge of arragements; online condolences may be expressed at www.hallfuneralchapel.com.

    Mr. Provinzano survivors include his wife of 68 years, Lucille; and three daughters.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • Nadine returns to Fayette County on Saturday

    Nadine, the comedienne “Church Lady” on the RFD TV show “Larry’s Country Diner” has become a familiar “face” in Fayette County, and she is returning this Saturday evening to visit with friends she has made here. And she always likes to make new ones.

  • Stewart pleads not guilty to attempted murder

    A Vandalia man who is charged with attempted first-degree murder has pleaded not guilty to that charge and other felony charges alleging the firing of a shotgun.
    But his request for the lowering of his bond was put on hold.
    Travis E. Stewart, 38, waived his right to a preliminary hearing as he made his first appearance in court with his attorney, Alan Pretnar of Taylor Springs, last Wednesday afternoon.
    During a preliminary hearing, a judge decides whether an individual will be held over for trial after hearing evidence presented by prosecutors.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 23

    ✔ 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 Fayette County Retired Teachers will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse. All retired teachers in Fayette County are invited.
    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group should call Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.

  • Church Briefs

    St. James celebrating 150th anniversary

    St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia is celebrating its 150th anniversary, and the celebration includes a commemorative book.
    The book includes the early history of the church and every baptism, confirmation, marriage and funeral as recorded in the three parish registers from 1871 to the present, as well as membership rolls.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    God is GREAT and God is GOOD! We renewed our old friendships today and made new ones at Evergreen Outreach.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Katie, the Dog, is a Hero
    Picture this – It was a cool and cloudy (but nice and refreshing) early Tuesday morning this week. All was peaceful and serene on the Homestead. Bill had went to work, Callie, the kitty, was resting near Bill’s footstool and Josie, the little doggie, was snuggled down in her soft and comfy bed nearby.