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Today's News

  • This Friday, say thanks to a vet

    For nearly a century, Americans have paused on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to honor and thank the nation’s military personnel for their sacrifices to preserve our freedom.
    Friday is that day.
    We join with citizens all across the United States in saying thanks to our veterans. Their unselfish service to our country – in times of conflict as well as peace – has kept our military presence strong and our nation free.

  • News Briefs

    FCHD to train hospice volunteers

    The Fayette County Health Department will be holding a hospice volunteer training class on Friday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the health department building, which is located at 416 W. Edwards St. in Vandalia.
    In that training, participants will learn how to provide support for terminally ill people and their families.
    For more information or to register for the class, call 283-7262.

    Family Video collects food with contest

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Nov. 10, 2011

    • A 15-year-old youth was arrested on Nov. 8 on charges of possession of drug equipment, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of less than 2.5 grams of cannabis. The youth was released on a notice to appear in court.
    • Michael E. Tessman, 55, RR 2, Brownstown, turned himself in on Nov. 7 on a warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $5,000.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, November 10

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Land of Lincoln Credit Union, located at 925 New York Drive, Suite 4, will host a Vandalia Chamber of Commerce Business After-Hours from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided.

  • John Sefton went off to World War II at an early age

    As Veterans Day, approaches, we again honor all veterans from all branches of the United States of America. We obtained permission to feature John Sefton’s photo and story in a tribute to our veterans.

  • Avenue of Flags volunteers needed

    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia will put out its Avenue of Flags display this Friday, but post members need some help in doing so.
    Residents who wish to help putting out the American flags are to report to the Legion Home, 321 S. Seventh St., by 6 a.m.
    Breakfast will be served to volunteers after the flags are put out.

  • Northside Church will host Veterans' Day observance

    A local church has stepped up for a service to honor veterans this Friday morning.
    Northside Christian Church is inviting local veterans, and the general public, to a Veterans’ Day observance at 11 a.m.
    During the service at the church, which is located at 1845 W. Jackson St., both local veterans and current members of the armed forces will be recognized and invited to share their memories.
    The church pastor, the Rev. Carl Rhodes, will deliver a brief memorial address, which will be followed with a prayer for this country, its military and its leaders.

  • City to look at 3 levy options

    Vandalia’s aldermen were presented on Monday with three options for a new tax levy, and in reviewing those options, council members said they welcome input from the public.
    Some aldermen said they also want some input from residents on the issue of leaf burning.
    Mayor Rick Gottman said that he had met earlier in the day with Executive Secretary LaTisha Paslay and Dale Timmermann, a local CPA whose firm performs the city audit, to discuss the new tax levy.

  • County has balanced budget ... BUT

    The Fayette County Board approved a balanced budget for the coming fiscal year on Tuesday, but the board chairman said it’s only balanced because of monies transferred into the general fund.
    And as board Chairman Steve Knebel said the transfer of $355,000 from the capital improvement fund is necessary to balance the budget, he doesn’t favor similar transfers in the coming year.
    But even with a balanced budget, Knebel said, the county’s department heads will have to be vigilant about their spending.

  • Top 8 is still great

    BRIDGEPORT – Though the South Central volleyball team wasn't able to advance to the state tournament for the first time in school history, it doesn't erase the historic accomplishments the team did achieve.

    After winning their first-ever sectional championship, the Lady Cougars faced a stiff challenge from Gibault Catholic at the Bridgeport Super-Sectional on Saturday, falling to the Lady Hawks, 25-11, 25-15.