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Today's News

  • Academic Challenge at KC
  • Three seniors named all-conference in basketball

    Three Vandalia seniors have been selected to all-conference teams in basketball by coaches in the South Central Conference.

    Amber Bruno was named second-team for the girls, and Michael Wells took second-team honors and Aaron Harter took third-team honors for the boys.

    Bruno had the best season of her career in 2012-13, leading the team in scoring in all but five games as she averaged 19.4 points per game.

  • Hospital takes delivery of new ambulance

    Fayette County Hospital this week received a new advanced life support ambulance to replace a 1994 basic life support unit that has 227,000 miles on it.

  • Post-Prom Fundraiser

    Tina Cook, left, representing TC4 Inc., presents a check for $2,500 to Maranatha Cripe and Abby Bayles of the Vandalia Community High School Post-Prom Committee to support this year's post-prom activities.

    The money was raised through a gun raffle. Winners of the raffle were Randy Long, Bill Richardson, Janice Hoopingarner, Ruth Ann Casey and Josh Goen.

  • Craycroft named to chamber post

    Shannon Craycroft has been named executive director of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce. She replaces Tiffany Berry, who last month took another job.

  • Lorenzo's now in downtown location

    After operating his restaurant for the past five years in a relatively low-traffic residential area on West Orchard Street, Larry Oakes has moved to one of the busiest intersections in Vandalia.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Patricia L. Langley, 48, Effingham, was arrested on Feb. 25 for failure to appear in court on an ordinance violation charge. Bond was $100, and she was released on a personal recognizance bond.
    • Mitchell R. Dunigan, 21, Nokomis, was arrested on Feb. 25 on charges of home invasion, mob action and criminal trespass to a residence. No bond information was listed.
    • Todd L. Parke, 38, RR 3, Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 25 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $1,500.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, February 28

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus, 2310 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia.

  • News Briefs

    Library starts adult reading program

    Evans Public Library in Vandalia will be holding an adult reading program through April 6.
    The program is open to individuals age 18 or older, and prizes will be given for every three books that are read.
    The names of all participants will be put into a drawing for a Walmart gift card, and a prize will be given for the most books read.
    The books, audio books or e-books must be checked out from Evans Public Library. Individuals may sign up at the library.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – A 20-member committee began a study on the needs and problems in Vandalia School District facilities.
    Rachel Engel, the reigning Miss Fayette County Fair, was competing in the Miss Illinois County Fair pageant in Springfield.
    About seven years after the Fayette County Board agreed to begin setting monies aside for such a project, the current board voted to begin work on an addition to the county courthouse and improvements to the existing building.