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Today's News

  • City hosting schools' budget event

    While Vandalia students will be in the classroom this fall for the start of another school year, there may be many districts in Illinois in which that is not the case.

  • AC Added at VCHS
  • FSA county committee nominations now accepted

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last Thursday that the nomination period for farmers and ranchers to serve on local Farm Service Agency county committees began last Wednesday.
    “Through the county committees, farmers and ranchers have a voice. Their opinions and ideas get to be heard on federal farm programs,” FSA Administrator Val Dolcini said.
    “I encourage all eligible farmers and ranchers across the spectrum of American agriculture, to get involved in this year’s elections.

  • Lions' hearing unit here on Friday

    To protect the hearing of the public through an early alert system, and to increase public awareness of the problems of the deaf and the capabilities of the hearing-impaired, the Lions Clubs of Illinois sponsor free hearing clinics.
    As part of that program, the Vandalia Lions Club is sponsoring hearing screening from 1-5 p.m. this Friday at Walmart in Vandalia.

  • Tools for School work under way

    Tools for School, a program for only Fayette County in-need students to select free school supplies, is beginning its work for 2016.
    Step one of the program is to receive donations from individuals, churches, businesses, clubs and others. Gifts of money enable the purchase of exactly what the teachers indicated their students need. Groups or individuals who wish to donate supplies are asked to contact the church to see what is needed.

  • Five arrested on mob action charges

    Three adults and two juveniles have been charged for allegedly attacking a male and female at an area residence.
    Information filed on Monday charged April Gates, 38; Brady W. Gates, 19; Ashley M. Swain, 19; and two juveniles, ages 16 and 17, all of Vandalia.
    All five individuals have been charged with mob action for allegedly acting together in attacking a male and female on Friday evening. Mob action is a Class 4 felony punishable by up to three years in prison.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Barrett D. Pelts, 26, 215 N. Kane St., Vandalia, was arrested on June 21 on a charge of possession of cannabis. No bond information was listed.
    • Ashley M. Pelts, 25, 215 N. Kane St., Vandalia, was arrested on June 21 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. No bond information was listed.
    • Degen T. Kebke, 27, Indianapolis, Ind., was arrested on June 20 on charges of driving while his license is suspended and speeding. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 23

    ✔ 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 24

    ✔ Summer Lunches for Kids is offered from 11-11:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Vandalia, Shobonier and Vera, and from 11-11:30 a.m. every Wednesday in Ramsey and from 11:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. every Wednesday in Brownstown.

  • Card Shower

    Irene Reed
    A card shower has been requested for Irene Reed, who will celebratre her birthday on June 20.
    Cards may be sent to: Irene Reed, 105 N. Olive St., St. Elmo, Ill. 62458.

  • Briefs

    'Believing God' series at Northside
    “Believing God: Experiencing a Fresh Explosion of Faith,” a 10-week DVD series, begins next Thursday at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.
    By Beth Moore, the series is “an in-depth study into the lives of Abraham, Moses and others as examples of people who believed God.
    Faye Watson is the facilitator for the series, which is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. each Thursday at the church. Those who plan to attend and want to have a workbook can contact Watson, 267-8487.