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Today's News

  • Breast cancer journey continues

    It has been 13 years now since I was told that I had breast cancer – a fast-growing type, they said. On a scale from two to nine, I was a seven. Not a good number to be.
    Being the first in my immediate family to be diagnosed with cancer, I searched my ancestor charts for other kin who may have died as a result of this particular affliction. I came up blank. In fact, throughout the lives of my family members, the most common cause of death was old age.

  • School, teachers pact a good sign

    Earlier this month, as the Vandalia Board of Education and the union representing the district’s teachers reached a contract settlement, it was a win for both sides.
    Talks between the two groups had been going on since last spring, and had included one arbitration meeting in September when the two sides couldn’t come up with a compromise that they could live with. A second arbitration meeting had been scheduled, but never was held.
    The teachers had been working without a contract since the new fiscal year began July 1.

  • Next museum program is Sunday, Nov. 4

    The second in this Seasons of Events sponsored by the Fayette County Museum will be held on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m., in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    Entry is from the parking lot west of hall.
    Linda Dust, a storyteller from Assumption, will provide the program. She has relatives buried in Vandalia and will be telling historical family stories.

  • Library has Food for Fines program

    Evans Public Library in Vandalia is sponsoring its second annual Food for Fines program.
    Food for Fines allows people who have library fines to reduce them by donating non-perishable food items that are then given to the local food bank.
    In these tough economic times, there is an even greater need for services like the Fayette County Food Pantry, which will receive the food collected from Food for Fines.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Two Ramsey juveniles, ages 15 and 16, and a Vandalia juvenile, age 16, were arrested on Oct. 22 on charges of retail theft. The juveniles were released on notices to appear in court.
    • Anthony L. Casillas, 29, Poughkepsie, N.Y., was arrested on Oct. 22 for failure to appear in court on a felony charge. Bond was $100,000.
    • John A. Kowalski, 42, 612 W. Gallatin St., Vandalia, was arrested on Oct. 21 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $1,000, and he was released at the order of the state’s attorney’s office.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 25

    ✔ 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 will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. For more information, contact Diane Curll at 283-0492.
    ✔ 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.

  • God opens door for LeDuc to start day care center

    Fayette Faces is focusing on the day care/child care centers in the area, and this week’s visit was made to the recently established Bright Beginnings managed by Amie LeDuc.

  • Halloween Activities

    Thursday
    • Vandalia Lions Club’s Halloween parade, 7 p.m.
    Friday
    • Haunted Trails in Deken Park, 7-10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Admission is $3 for children and $5 for adults.
    Saturday
    • Downtown Trick or Treat in Vandalia – 10 a.m., story time at Evans Public Library; 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., trick-or-treating at downtown businesses with a ghost hanging outside; and 12:30 p.m., costume contest at Family Video.

  • Danielses chosen as Lions' Halloween parade marshals

    A Vandalia couple who has helped numerous individuals in the community for at least a quarter of a century are being honored by the Vandalia Lions Club this Thursday evening.
    The Lions have chosen Glen “Whitey” and Carolyn Daniels to serve as grand marshals for their annual Halloween parade.

  • Bridge project delayed

    Vandalia officials have learned that it will take longer than expected to begin replacing one of its oldest, and most deteriorated, bridges.