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Today's News

  • Town meeting Thursday on synthetic drugs

    Education and awareness are important tools to combat the serious health threat caused by a rise in synthetic drugs, according to state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon).
    The rise of those synthetic drugs in Illinois and across the nation is keeping law enforcement, health professionals and drug counselors working overtime, said McCarter, who wants to play a leadership role in addressing the problem.
    McCarter is hosting a district-wide town hall meeting on synthetic drugs from 6:30-8 p.m. this Thursday at Vandalia Junior High School.

  • No beggars allowed

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday an ordinance amendment designed to get rid of beggars, a problem that has been prevalent at main intersections in town.
    The ordinance states, “No person shall beg or solicit alms within the city limits except when acting as a representative of a recognized charitable organization.”
    The city drafted the ordinance after receiving numerous complaints about individuals with signs soliciting money at such places as Mattes Avenue near Murphy’s and Embers.

  • Relay for Life is this Saturday

    The Fayette County Relay for Life will be held this Saturday in Vandalia.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 4

    ✔ 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, June 5

  • Summer Lunches for Kids

    The Summer Lunches for Kids program gets under way next week in area communities.
    The free lunches will be available from 11-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, June 10-Aug. 14, at the following locations:
    • Vandalia – Lincoln Park, across from the Vandalia Statehouse; and gazebo in Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street.
    • Shobonier – Township building across from the post office.
    • Vera – Township garage parking lot.
    • Ramsey – Lions Park.

  • Evans Summer Reading Program now under way

    Evans Public Library and McDonald’s invite local youth to sign up for the library’s summer reading program, "Read to the Rhythm."
    "Read to the Rhythm" offers two reading programs this summer – one for children age 3 through sixth grade and one for students in junior high through newly graduated high school seniors. Students in fifth and sixth grades may choose either program.
    Prizes will be awarded for reading throughout the summer and five special programs will be offered in June at the library.

  • Breast cancer program June 7

    A presentation on breast cancer awareness will be given by the Fayette County Health Department on Sunday, June 7, at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.
    The presentation and luncheon, from noon-2 p.m., are free and open to the public.
    Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP with the church by calling 283-1970 by Friday, June 5.
    For more information, contact Kelly Curll at the health department, 283-1044, ext. 1302.

  • VCHS duo wins 3 medals at state meet

    With two scratches, Vandalia’s Ethan Meyer had only one opportunity to prove that he is one of the top triple jumpers in the state.

  • Join the fight against cancer

    There isn't a person who hasn't suffered the effects of cancer, either directly or through the attack of the disease on a family member or friend. The fight to beat the disease has been a long and hard one, one that will continue until a cure can be found.
    Locally, a big part of that fight is the annual Relay for Life, where loved ones who lost the fight are remembered, where survivors are honored and where the community comes together to raise funds for the fight.

  • Some women went to the big city

    Last week, while looking through a box that I had packed away some years back, I found a recipe box full of recipes that had belonged to my Aunt Frieda Torbeck.