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Today's News

  • Vandalia KC Open House
  • City, Grubaugh at odds over downtown wall

    Two weeks after some

    Vandalia aldermen said they

    wanted to look at alternatives

    to Dennis Grubaugh’s $220,000

    plan to address the exterior wall

    on one of his buildings, they

    presented such an alternative.

    But Grubaugh said he doesn’t

    like it.
     

  • School district gets more state funds

    In her first month as Vandalia’s
    superintendent of schools, Dr. Jennifer
    Garrison is seeing her lobbying efforts in
    recent years pay off.
    At Tuesday’s Vandalia Board of
    Education meeting on Tuesday, District
    Business Manager Lori Meseke reported
    that the district is receiving $546,000 in new
    funds from the state this year.
    Those new funds are arriving in six
    payments through the end of June, and are
    possible as a result of lobbying efforts by

  • Koontz sentencing hearing postponed

    The sentencing hearing for a
    Vandalia man found guilty on
    child pornography charges has
    been delayed.
    Ryan J. Koontz, 37, was
    scheduled to be sentenced
    on Friday afternoon, but his
    attorney, Ed Veltman, notified
    the court on Tuesday that the sex
    offender evaluation has not been
    completed, according to court
    records.
    According
    to a docket
    entry made
    in the case on
    Tuesday by
    Judge Marc
    Kelly, a status
    hearing has
    been set for

  • National Drug Take Back Day is next Saturday

    National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 28, and the Vandalia Police Department will be distributing flyers reminding residents that old prescription drugs can be dropped off at the police station.
    A locked, slotted box in the station lobby is available for drop-off; drugs can be put in, but not taken out.
    Anyone unable to drop off drugs can call the National Road Interpretive Center in Vandalia, 283-9380, for pickup by a Vandalia Woman’s Club member between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. next Saturday.

  • County switches IT service providers

    A good part of last Thursday’s Fayette
    County Board meeting was spent explaining
    to board members the reason for switching
    information technology service businesses,
    and doing so at a higher cost.
    The board approved an agreement with
    Nathan Dothager of Dothager Independent
    IT Consulting of Effingham after hearing
    why Dothager was being recommended.
    Assistant State’s Attorney Brenda Mathis
    said that the change was being recommended
    because, “Several department heads got

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 19

    ✔ The Fayette County Cancer Fund will hold its second annual Survivor Dinner at the Vandalia Moose Lodge. The meal is at 6 p.m. The beef raffle drawing will be held.

    Friday, April 20

    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

    Monday, April 23

  • Obstructing charge alleges phone thrown into river

    A Vandalia man has been charged with throwing the cell phone of a recently deceased man into the Kaskaskia River.
    The office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison last Wednesday filed information charging Nicholas C. Slagle, 27, 1907 W. Fillmore St., with obstruction of justice and obstructing a peace officer.

  • Frogtown

    Visit Children
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend at the home of their son, Mitch Harpster and family of Jackson, Mo.  On Saturday, Dane and Mitch worked on a home project, while Belinda, Gretchen and the boys attended a book fair for 6-year-old Owen’s school at Barnes & Noble in Cape Girardeau.  Owen’s class performed a few songs while at the book fair.
    Visits Grandparents
    Harper Jacquin of St. Peter spent the weekend with her grandparents, Dale and Donna Jacquin of Washington, Mo.

  • St. Elmo News

    Announcements
    Saturday, April 21
    • National Volunteer Week started April 15 and ends Saturday. All organizations need volunteers.
    • Kick off summer with Healthy Kid’s Day. It is free and open to the public. Join Fayette 4-H and the Fayette County Master Gardeners from 9 a.m.-noon at the YMCA in Vandalia.
    Sunday, April 22