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Today's News

  • News Briefs

    Pageant call-in day is Saturday

    This Saturday is call-in day for contestants for this year's Little Miss and Junior Fayette County pageants.
    Parents of contestants for the Little Miss pageant (ages 5-7) may begin calling at 9 a.m., and contestants for the Junior Miss pageant (entering grades 6-8) may begin calling at 10 a.m. The number to call is 427-3762.
    The first 20 callers in each division will be accepted for the pageants.
    Contestants for this year's Miss Fayette County Fair may enter through June 9.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Amy F. Beal, 38, 225 S. Seventh St., Vandalia, was arrested on April 28 for failure to appear in court on a felony charge. Bond was $1,500.
    • Aaron J. Shelby, 25, RR 2, Ramsey, was arrested on April 27 for failure to appear in court on a felony charge. He was being held for the Illinois Department of Corrections.
    • Kayla M. Bissell, 25, Effingham, was arrested on April 27 on a charge of retail theft. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 30

    ✔ 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, May 1

  • Klitzing receives gifts from the Cardinals

    Shirley Klitzing is known for being a loyal St. Louis Cardinals fan all of her life –    “Since I was 8 years old and Enos Slaughter hit a home run and they (Cardinals) won the World Series.
    “I think it was 1946,” she said.

  • Food Bank Visits St. Elmo

    Pinnacle Foods in St. Elmo again hosted a visit by the Central Illinois Food Bank, and again was among the businesses donating food for the distribution.

    In the first photo, Cameron Kirby doles out some onions, and in the second photo, Karlee Kruenegel hands out baked goods such as bread, cookies and cakes. The mobile food pantry was made possible through donations from the Fayette County Farm Bureau, First United Methodist Church of St. Elmo, St. Elmo Lions Club and Vandalia Lions Club, as well as Pinnacle Foods.

  • Officer retires; city to fill spot

    The Vandalia City Council on Monday approved the retirement of a long-time police officer, then took the first step in hiring his replacement.

  • Higher water bills for some

    Some Vandalia residents may see their water bills increase in the future, even without increased water usage or rate hikes by the city.
    That’s because the city is looking at purchasing new water meters.
    The city council will likely vote on the purchase of new meters in the near future, acting on a recommendation from its water and sewer committee.
    In recent weeks, the committee has been meeting with Public Works Director Marlin Filer and members of his staff to talk about the issue.

  • YMCA Health Kids Day
  • Three former students now teachers

    Three former students of the Vandalia School District will be returning to classrooms next fall, this time as teachers.
    The Vandalia School Board voted last week to hire Katie Vieregge as the Title I math teacher at Vandalia Junior High School, Laura Hobbie as a science teacher at the junior high and Joe Kelly as a math teacher at VJHS.
    Also hired were Rachel Miller, for language arts at the high school, and Eric Lux, as a special education teacher at VCHS.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    The Pasture Critters …
    … Betsy Longhorn and her bovine family are enjoying the “Green, Green, Grass of Home,” and it really is green and lush. But they still seem to resent us confiscating part of their pasture. They don’t understand “public domain” (which, I have to confess, I don’t approve of it, either). When we are mowing the yard, they all run to the fence  and follow the mower and person mowing. I personally feel that is their form of a protest.