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Today's News

  • Eight couples celebrate 50th anniversaries

    I was among those who eagerly awaited the publication of Brenda Protz’s "Images of America" pictorial history book of Vandalia several years ago. Many of the pictures in the book were just what Brenda had hoped for – one-of-a-kind, unpublished photographs.

  • City asks for feedback on downtown parking

    The Vandalia City Council discussed on Monday complaints about parking in the downtown business district. That’s nothing new, since city officials held a similar discussion about three months ago.
    Now, before deciding whether to make any changes to downtown parking laws, they want to hear from you.
    Back in March, Alderman Andy Lester said he’d fielded a complaint from the owner of a business on a downtown side street about vehicles being parked in front of his business for extended periods.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:
    Richard Aaron Newcom
    Madison
    Holly Ann Childers
    Vandalia

    Rodger Lee Rogers
    Vandalia
    Marvine Lee Wilson
    Brownstown

    Tristan Lee Horst
    Brownstown
    Vanessa Ann Brubacker
    Brownstown

    Nicholas Benjamin Strobel
    Brownstown
    Katy Alexandra Fulk
    Brownstown

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Gregory P. Hays, 18, 817 W. Edwards St., Vandalia, was arrested on June 5 on charges of reckless driving, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, driving without headlights and improper lane usage. Bond was $2,000.
    • Terry D. Richards, 45, 203 N. North St., Brownstown, was arrested on June 4 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, improper lane usage and disobeying a stop sign. Bond was $3,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 7

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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, June 8

    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia. Every presenting donor will receive a T-shirt.
    Saturday, June 9

  • Vandalia Police

    June 6
    • An officer was called at 8:06 a.m. to the BP station on Veterans Avenue for a report of a motorist failing to pay for fuel. The subjects were later found, and they returned to pay for the fuel.
    • Officers took a complaint at 11:04 a.m. of a counterfeit bill being used at Arby’s on Veterans Avenue. No further information was given.

  • Laying it on Thick

    An employee of Quality Assured Industrial Coatings of Alton applies a new coat of paint to the exterior of Vandalia's water tower on Thrill Hill. The project, which includes work on both the exterior and interior of the water tower, is scheduled to be completed this month.

  • Heli-Trimmer

    A helicopter with a cutting device featuring several circular blades was used to trim tree limbs near power lines on the banks of the Kaskaskia River just east of Vandalia last Thursday.
     

  • New law requires background checks for city licenses

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday an ordinance amendment that requires a background check prior to the issuance of city business licenses.
    The council also approved an ordinance change that increases the penalties for public decency violations, but did not act on a law change governing penalties for city code violations.
    The law requiring background checks for business license applicants, and their employees, comes about four months after the council began discussing such a requirement.

  • Walking for a Cause