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Today's News

  • Buckets and Buckets of tabs

    After he retired from the telephone company 21 years ago, George Meseke began taking long walks with his wife, Amy. Along the way, the Meseke regularly picked up beverage cans that had been discarded along the roadway.

  • City OKs 2 TIF requests, tables one

    The Vandalia City Council approved Tax Increment Financing grants for improvements to a business in the downtown business district and a school building, but tabled a grant request for work on a downtown building, asking for more information on the project.
    The council approved a grant of up to $6,760 to Clayton and Brandi Gathe for improvements to their building at 319 W. Main St.

  • AC bid OK'd for VCHS

    The only school building in the Vandalia School District without air conditioning will have it when students return next fall.
    The Vandalia Board of Education last week approved two bids for work at Vandalia Community High School that includes the installation of air-conditioning equipment.
    The $1,998,970 bid from Unterbrink Construction for removal of the existing heating equipment and the installation of heating and air-conditioning equipment was approved by the school board.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, March 24

    ✔ 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, March 25

    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will hold a Fantastic Friday at 4 p.m. Children ages 10 and under are invited to listen to stories and make wind socks. Registration is required; to register, call the library, 283-2824.

  • Fayette County Circuit Court

    • Jessi D. Schmidt, 22, of Vandalia, was sentenced to five years in prison last Wednesday upon pleading guilty to a charge of criminal sexual assault.
    Schmidt, who was given credit for 371 days he has served in jail, will be required to serve at least 85 percent of his remaining sentence.
    Schmidt, who was sentenced by Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor, was charged in January of last year with two counts of criminal sexual assault with the use of force, all Class 1 felonies, and unlawful restraint, a Class 4 felony.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Caleb W. Warner, 21, 1003 W. St. Louis Ave., Vandalia, was arrested on March 21 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Michael W. Smith, 57, 418 W. Monroe, Farina, was arrested on March 21 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.
    • Michelle L. Olsen, 39, 316 W. Fourth St., St. Elmo, was arrested on March 21 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $3,000.
    • Jenelle D. Waldriff, 24, 304 W. Locust St., Fillmore, was arrested on March 21 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $1,500.

  • Other action at Monday's city council meeting

    At its meeting on Monday night, the Vandalia City Council:
    • Observed a moment of silence for Virginia “Ginny” Mabry, who had owned and operated several businesses in Vandalia with her husband, the late John Mabry.
    • Granted a request from Public Works Director Marlin Filer to seek bids for sidewalk installation in the section of the 500 block of West Gallatin Street where two building were demolished last fall.

  • Church Briefs

    SON-Rise services at Northside

    Northside Christian Church, located at 1645 W. Jackson St., Vandalia, will hold a SON-Rise Service at 6:30 a.m. on Easter, Sunday, March 27.
    Immediately after the service, the church men will be serving breakfast until 8 a.m.
    A regular church service, the only one that day, will be at 9 a.m.

    MG church egg hunt is Saturday

    First Church of Christ in Mulberry Grove will hold its second annual Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. on Saturday on the church property.

  • Jesus saved, now what will you do for God?

    My Lenten message is called, “What will you do for God?” It is based on the parable Jesus told of the two sons who were asked to go in the vineyard; one obeyed the father, and the other did not.

  • Church Briefs

    SON-Rise services at Northside

    Northside Christian Church, located at 1645 W. Jackson St., Vandalia, will hold a SON-Rise Service at 6:30 a.m. on Easter, Sunday, March 27.
    Immediately after the service, the church men will be serving breakfast until 8 a.m.
    A regular church service, the only one that day, will be at 9 a.m.