Sometimes, it’s easy to overlook a gem that area students are offered through a center administered by the Vandalia School District.
“Looking around from the outside, you just don’t get a feel for what the programs we are able to offer (inside),” Superintendent Rich Well said at last week’s meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education.
Well talked about the value of the Okaw Area Vocational Center after assisting Okaw Director Nick Casey in leading a group from Shelbyville on a tour of the center earlier in the day.
Five individuals, including three incumbents, have filed to run for city council seats in Vandalia.
But no one has expressed an interest in the aldermanic seat that is currently vacant.
City Clerk Peggy Bowen reported on Monday afternoon that those filing nominating petitions for the April consolidated election include incumbents Neil Clark in Ward I, Russ Stunkel in Ward II and B. John Clark.
At this time, Neil Clark is the only one of the three incumbents to face opposition, with Kenneth Hubler and Christine Helinski also filing nominating petitions.
.✔ First Christian Church, located at Fifth and Randolph streets in Vandalia, will hold a candlelight Christmas service at 7 p.m. The public is invited.
Thursday, Dec. 25
.✔ Northside Christian Church, located at 1845 W. Jackson St. in Vandalia, will host a free Christmas dinner, with serving from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.. The dinner is for anyone who otherwise would be alone on Christmas. Those planning to attend are asked to contact the church in advance, 283-1970.
The Fayette County Sheriff's Office held its first Cop with a Shop on Saturday at Walmart, with other law enforcement officials joining them.
Sheriff Chris Smith said that his department raised $3,100 and was able to take eight families, with 16 children total, shopping on Saturday. Those assisting the children in shopping were Smith, county deputies Sherri and Ted Miller, and Ed Durbin; Jail Administrator J.D. Vieregge; State's Attorney Joshua Morrison; St. Elmo police officer Steve Flood; and Illinois State Police officer Steve Tarter.
Cody Rincker will likely never forget the 2013 Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
It's not hard to see why.
Rincker's St. Anthony Bulldogs topped the field and took home the tourney title.
And what made the accomplishment even sweeter for the Bulldogs was the fact that not many expected the Class 1A St. Anthony squad to take the crown as the event's No. 3 seed.
Now, the Bulldogs will look to defend their crown in 2014. As the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament arrives, the Bulldogs are hoping to pull off the repeat.
This photo, posted on Vandalia Memories by Pat Smith Frost, was taken in 1941. In the photo at the Western Auto store at 518 W. Gallatin St. are Howard Daniels, Lucile (Pummill) Smith, Everett Devore and Lynn Gott.
Over the past 18 months, a committee of members of the Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society, including Judy Brazle (chairperson), Virginia Rigdon, Donna Ruble and Cathy Smith, have overseen the submission of family histories for a new county history book.