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Today's News

  • News Briefs Sept. 29, 2011

    Scrapbooking at OUR PLACE
     
    Scrapbooking will be held at OUR PLACE Youth Center, 507 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. this Friday. The scrapbooking is open to everyone ages 8 to adult.

    Inaugural Fun Fest is Saturday

    The inaugural “Join Our Rage Against Neurofibromatosis Fun Fest” will be held from noon-6 p.m. at Gatch Lake.

  • Community Calendar-Sept. 25, 2011

    Thursday, September 29

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Vandalia Community High School volleyball teams will hold their 2011 Volley for a Cure. The freshman match is at 5 p.m. and the junior varsity match is at 6 p.m., with the varsity match to follow. The evening includes an iPad give-away, raffles and an address by Jennifer Knebel.

  • Two charged with break-in

    Two individuals have been charged in connection with a break-in at Brownstown Elementary School on Sept. 18.
    Michael A. White, 23, of Vandalia, has been charged with theft of more than $500.
    The charge, a Class 2 felony punishable by up to seven years in prison and/or a fine of up to $25,000, alleges that White stole electronics valued at between $500 and $10,000.
    Tiffany A. Hans, 20, of Vandalia, is charged with burglary for allegedly entering the school without authority.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Sept. 25, 2011

    • Meghan R. Kessinger, 18, 204½ S. Broadway St., Herrick, was arrested on Sept. 27 on a charge of retail theft. Bond was $1,000.
    • Lisa B. Simmons, 45, 1210 W. Tower St., Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 26 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and improper lane usage. Bond was $3,000, and she was released at the order of the state’s attorney’s office.

  • Three local youths attend Rand's writing camp

    Madeline Cade, Audrey K. Myers and Hope Budny-Clymer are best friends and schoolmates at Fayette Christian Academy in Vandalia.

  • Festivals draw big crowds

    Good weather and a variety of activities during the Grande Levée and Corn Day attracted big crowds to downtown Vandalia throughout the day on Saturday.

  • Smoking trial is next week

    A jury trial is scheduled next week for the owners of a Vandalia bar who have been issued three tickets for allegedly allowing smoking in the bar.
    The trial for G&T Holdings will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Monday with the selection of jurors.
    Vandalia Police issued three tickets last August which allege that the Redwood Inn violated a city ordinance put on the books in January 2010.

  • Baker sentencing is Friday

    The Loogootee teen who was convicted last month of murdering a neighbor couple will be sentenced in Fayette County Circuit Court on Friday.
    Before the sentencing proceedings, however, attorneys for Clifford W. Baker will present arguments for setting aside the guilty verdicts or granting the 16-year-old a new trial.
    Baker was found guilty on Aug. 23 of two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of home invasion.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Sept. 29, 2011


    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo:
    These two young men are part of the VCHS class of 1966.

  • The Way We Were-Sept. 29, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council rejected proposed pay increases for the mayor, city clerk, city treasurer and aldermen, and also agreed to put the hiring of a director of community development “on the back burner.”
    Odie Washington, the director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, was the guest speaker at the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting.
    Vandalia defeated Hillsboro, 28-6, in varsity football play to remain undefeated and take over the conference lead.