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Today's News

  • Florida man guilty of cannabis trafficking

    A Florida man faces up to 60 years in prison after being convicted of felony cannabis trafficking charges in Fayette County Circuit Court earlier this month.
    A Fayette County jury deliberated only 80 minutes before returning two guilty verdicts in the trial for Luiz M. Diaz Guillen.
    Guillen was found guilty of possessing more than 5,000 grams of cannabis with the intent to deliver and cannabis trafficking, with Fayette County Assistant State’s Attorney Matt Chancey serving as the prosecutor in the case.

  • News Briefs

    City OKs bids for properties

    Meeting in special session on Monday night, the Vandalia City Council accepted bids on two city-owned tracts of land in the city's western Interstate 70 interchange.
    Rick Cripe was the only bidder for 3.104 acres of land, with a bid of $31,500. Cripe submitted with his bid the required 10-percent down payment of $3,150.

  • Second Ford show at lake is next weekend

    Organizers are gearing up for the second annual regional Ford show at the Vandalia Lake campground next weekend.

  • VCHS Band Camp

    The Vandalia Community High School band prepared for the upcoming marching season with a camp last week.

    First Kendall Leander. Second: Karlie Brimberry. Third: Eli Bowen. Fourth: Johanna Walton.

  • KC LPN Pinning Ceremony

    A pinning ceremony for new Licensed Practical Nursing graduates was held on July 17 at Kaskaskia College’s Jane Knight Auditorium.

  • School Registration

    Students throughout Fayette County are registering this week for the 2012-13 school year.

    First photo: Eric and Elizabeth Barenfanger receive information from Vandalia Elementary School Principal Stacy South. Second photo: South explains to a student and his mother what they need to do to complete the registration process. The new school year for students in the Vandalia district begins with a half day next Friday.

  • College News

    Mississippi State University
    Bryan J. Culbertson graduated from Mississippi State University in Starkville on May 12 with a doctorate of philosophy in chemistry.

  • Birth

    Alayna Sue VonBehren
    Seth and Meredith VonBehren of Troy are the parents of a girl born at 2:48 a.m. on June 28, 2012, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.
    She weighed 7 pounds, and was 20 inches long. She was named Alayna Sue.
    Grandparents are Allan and Sheri VonBehren of Shobonier, Kenny and Kristy Arnold of Shobonier, and Sonny Banal of Vandalia.
    Great-grandparents are Carrol Dugan of Shobonier, and Julius and Mary Ellen Banal of Vandalia.
     

  • Engagement

    Dana Kirk and Craig Kern, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Anniversary

    Dean and Pat Roberts of Vandalia recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a family trip to Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Mo.