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Today's News

  • CEFS seeks VITA volunteers

    The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corp. is seeking volunteer tax preparers to join its VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program.
    This program provides tax assistance/preparation services at no cost for low-to-moderate-income people (based on income eligibility).
    The season will begin in early February and continue through mid-April.
    Volunteers must meet these qualifications:
    • Enjoy helping people.
    • Be patient and understanding of others.
    • Be committed to providing a community service.

  • SWCD still offers electronic recycling

    The Fayette County Soil & Water Conservation District is continuing to offer electronic recycling.
    Recycling is available at the SWCD office, 301 S. Third St. in Vandalia, from 1-5 p.m. every Wednesday.
    Those using the service may put items into boxes inside the recycling trailer. Larger items, such as televisions, can be placed in the open area of the trailer.
    • Audio devices
    • Batteries-cell phone, flashlight, phone, UPS and car
    • Cables and wire
    • Cameras
    • Cell phones
    • Clocks

  • Vandalia Building Permits

    The following building permits were issued by the city of Vandalia’s Building and Zoning Department:
    OCTOBER
    • Maranatha’s Spa-Relocate existing sign at 925 New York Drive.
    • Robert Berst-Demolition of residence at 1726 W. Johnson St.
    • Chad and Sonia Wehrle-Deck and boat dock at Vandalia Lake lot No. 101.
    • Klayton and Micah Brasel-Shorewall and boat dock at 2037 S. Lake Drive.
    • Edith Knebel-New electric for shed at 303 S. Pine St.

  • Vandalia Police

    Dec. 28
    • 2:40 p.m.-Officers investigated damage to a vehicle parked in the 900 block of West Edwards Street.
    • Officers issued two tickets for speeding and a written warning for an improper turn.
    Dec. 29
    • 8:01 a.m.-Officers responded to a report of a break-in at A to Z Automotive, 1350 Janett Ave. No further information was given.
    • 8:37 a.m.-Officers responded to a report of a break-in at Sisters Consignment, 1401 Veterans Ave. No further information was given.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Matthew M. Juds, 20, Kinmundy, was arrested on Jan. 2 on a felony warrant and an Illinois Department of Corrections warrant. Bond was $20,000, and he was released to the IDOC.
    • Susan L. Beesley, 53, 220 N. Adams St., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 2 on a charge of retail theft (two counts). Bond was $1,000.
    • Shawn M. Kubina, 18, 1032 W. Johnson St., Vandalia, was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance and driving while his license is suspended or revoked. No bond amount was listed.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 5

    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, January 7
    ✔ The Spirit, Soul and Body Fit Club will meet from 10-11 a.m. at Family YMCA of Fayette County on Rock Island Avenue in Vandalia. There is no membership fee.

  • News Briefs

    Relay for Life meeting is Tuesday
    A kickoff meeting for Fayette County Relay for Life will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Joe's Pizza and Pasta, 1227 N. Fourth St., Vandalia.
    All captains and team members are encouraged to attend. Anyone who wishes to help with this year's Relay for Life may also attend.
    For more information, contact Dave Rickman at 283-7066.

    Upcoming blood drives scheduled

    The following American Red Cross blood drives will be held in January:

  • Sew Liberty is among Flowers family businesses

    A look at the businesses along the rejuvenated Gallatin Street in downtown Vandalia continues in this issue with a look at Sew Liberty Sewing and Fabric Shop.

  • Gallatin work about done

    The Vandalia City Council started off the new year by meeting in regular session for about eight minutes on Tuesday night.
    In that brief meeting, the council approved the fourth payment estimate for streetscape work in the 700 block of West Gallatin Street.
    The pay estimate of $87,693.98 essentially signifies the completion of that project, which is being wholly funded by $400,000 in state grant funds obtained by state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) and former state Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Highland).

  • Fayette Water still working on lake area signups

    Prior to the December meeting of the Fayette County Board, a public hearing was held to close out a grant project designed to provide potable water to rural residents of the county.
    And, while that project comes to a close, Fayette Water officials are still working to sign up residents northwest of Vandalia.
    Mike Shaw of the South Central Illinois Regional Planning and Development Commission conducted the public hearing on a $350,000 Illinois Community Development Assistance grant awarded to Fayette Water.