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Today's News

  • CMN Roadblock

    Mayor Rick Gottman, left, signed a proclamation declaring this Saturday as Children's Miracle Network Roadblock Day.

    With him is Cheryl Pollard, the local CMN coordinator. Funds raised for the CMN are used to treat children who are injured in accidents or suffering from a disease.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Sept 8, 2011

    • A 16-year-old California resident was arrested on Sept. 6 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Esteban A. Esparza, 32, El Paso, Texas, was arrested on Sept. 6 for failure to appear in Livingston County court on a traffic charge. Bond was $5,000.
    • Charles L. Coates, 41, East St. Louis, was arrested on Sept. 6 for failure to appear in court on a charge of aggravated battery. Bond was $5,000.

  • Community Calendar-Sept. 8, 2011

    Thursday, September 8

    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Friday, September 9

  • Out of the Darkness Community Walk

    A large crowd turned out on Saturday morning for the Out of the Darkness Community Walk at Rogier Park in Vandalia. The walk was held to raise awareness of and funding for suicide prevention.

  • Museum tells of new exhibit, Sept. 18 program

    The special exhibit at the Fayette County Museum in September is “Civil War Letters, Pictures and Artifacts.
    The letters and photographs are from museum collections, and the artifacts are on loan from Fayette County history collectors Dale Reeves and Dave Marler.
    The museum welcomed 207 visitors in August, including the Corner Stone Seniors from Shiloh and a family group from Tinley Park.
    This month’s special event, in keeping with the Civil War theme, is on Sunday, Sept. 18, in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.

  • Local quilt group having 'sew' much fun

    Every Thursday, from two to 10 women gather at Haley Chapel to exchange recipes (and samples), share ideas, introduce different crafts and patterns, share food on their “break,” and, most important of all, enjoy their friendships and all the good things that involves.

  • St. Elmo, Patoka celebrate arrival of fall

    St. Elmo and Patoka celebrated the arrival of fall with celebrations over the weekend. Patoka held its Fall Festival over the weekend, and the annual St. Elmo Labor Day Celebration was held on Sunday and Monday.

    In the first photo, 4-year-old Daden Anderson competes in the watermelon-eating contest on Monday afternoon in St. Elmo. In the other photo, Valerie Goodin and Zoey, her miniature yorkie, compete in the pet costume contest on Saturday afternoon in Patoka. More photos appear elsewhere on our website.

  • Sewer cost figures indicate need for rate increase

    Unless the Vandalia City Council takes action later this month to prevent it, city residents will see an increase in their sewer rates.
    While presenting the audit on the city fiscal year ending on April 30, Dale Timmermann of Timmermann and Co. Ltd. presented city officials with water and sewer expenses during that same period.
    The water system expenses for the last fiscal year totaled $1,670,912, or $79,270 lower than that for the previous fiscal year, $1,750,182. That’s a decrease of 4.53 percent.

  • City OKs bid for more streetscape work

    A Highland firm which was one of the major players in streetscape improvements for four blocks in downtown Vandalia has been picked for similar improvements in a fifth block.
    Mettler Development of Highland submitted the lowest of six bids that the city received for streetscape improvements on Gallatin Street between Seventh and Eighth streets.
    Lorne Jackson of HMG Engineers of Carlyle, the project engineer, produced the bid tabulations, which included Mettler’s bid of $346,563.37.

  • Racing briefs (Sept. 8)

    Demo derby and ATV races coming to fair

    The Montgomery County Fair Association will hold a demolition derby and ATV races this weekend at the fairgrounds in Butler.

    The demo derby will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, and the races will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

    The derby will feature modifieds, super modifieds, compacts, mid-size cars, vans, full-size trucks and mini trucks.

    The top prizes are: $800 for modifieds, $500 for compacts and stock cars and a jackpot for all other classes.