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Today's News

  • Building Permits-June 30, 2011

    The city of Vandalia’s Building and Zoning Department issued the following building permits in May:
    • Travis Towler, fence at 114 N. First St.
    • Nyla Graham, demolition of a garage at 111 N. Hudson St.
    • Devan Matthews, deck at 908 W. Lincoln St.
    • SG Enterprises, deck at 523 N. Fifth St.
    • Ace Sign Co., replacement of a sign at 827 Veterans Ave.
    • Lighthouse Pregnancy Center, deck at 1121 N. Sixth St.
    • Alstat Electric, electrical upgrade at 521 S. Elm St.

  • Sheriff's arrest log-June 30, 2011

    • Emmy L. Snider, 31, Bingham, was arrested on June 28 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $7,500.
    • Mark D. Veach, 39, Keavy, Ky., was arrested on June 28 on a warrant for a charge of theft of $300 and less. Bond was $1,000.
    • Taleb R. Jawher, 33, St. Louis, Mo., was arrested on June 27 on charges of driving 109 mph and driving while his license is suspended. Bond was $2,000.
    • Mark A. Shirley, 48, Bolivar, Tenn., was arrested on June 26 on charges of speeding and driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.

  • community calendar-June 30, 2011

    Thursday, June 30

    ✔ The Summer Lunches for Kids program is under way. The lunches are available from 11-11:30 a.m. at the American Legion Home and in Rogier Park in Vandalia, at the township building in Shobonier and at the township garage in Vera.
    ✔ 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.

  • Forty years of music at old Seminary School

    Some folks gathered at the old Seminary School recently to celebrate 40 years of county music, dancing and just plain old fellowship and fun for the whole family – no age limit either way.

  • Cavaletto announces; could face incumbent Stephens

    State Rep. John Cavaletto made the rounds in Fayette County earlier this week, announcing that he will run in the new legislative district that includes this county.
    In his attempt to gain re-election, the Salem Republican may have to square off against a long-time legislator who currently represents this county.
    Cavaletto was in Fayette County Monday to announce that he will run in the new 107th District, and to “start building relationships” in this county.

  • Judge rules nurses must testify at murder trial

    The judge in the Clifford Baker murder trial has ruled that three employees at a medical center that treated Baker shortly before he murdered a neighbor couple must appear at trial.
    At a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court last Wednesday, Judge Michael McHaney denied a motion in which Baker’s attorneys ask to quash subpoenas issued to three registered nurses who are behavior health employees at Gateway Regional Medical Center.

  • Nadine Visits Brownstown

    "Nadine, the Church Lady," a popular character on the RFD TV show "Larry's Country Diner," brought her humor to Brownstown High School on Saturday evening for a performance sponsored by the Brownstown Branch Library.

  • A success in many ways

    When it took over the area recycling program, FAYCO Enterprises acknowledged that the success of the program would depend on the participation of local residents.
    As the one-year anniversary of program under FAYCO’s coordination nears, that success can be measured in a number of ways, including the manner in which it can serve its clients.
    “It’s going really, really well,” said Kim Taylor, director of finance and support at FAYCO, a sheltered workshop that has served area individuals with disabilities since the mid-1970s.

  • Hollmans impacted Vandalia, Galena

    Last month, my friend Rita and I spent a girls' get-away weekend in Galena.

  • Banks of the Okaw-June 30, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, pictured about 40 years ago, grew up in Vandalia.