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Today's News

  • Farina Board informs residents of changes

    The Farina Village Board announced on Tuesday that the village hall will not be open daily, but that business will continue to operate as normal, with all village departments working to serve the community.
    Changes have been implemented in order to save citizens and business owners money during these days of inflation and budget cuts by government, officials said.
    The water bills will be mailed out to customers on a monthly basis, as before, and due at the specified date on the bill.

  • Committee will study VVFD's options

    A team that includes Vandalia’s mayor and the chiefs of the city’s volunteer fire department will be studying possible funding and operations options for that department in the future.
    For the time being, Mayor Rick Gottman emphasized, the fire department will continue to serve city residents and those in outlying areas as they always have.

  • County OKs liquor license for wine house

    The Fayette County Board approved on Tuesday a liquor license for a couple planning to operate a wine house in Wheatland Township.
    The license, which will allow the sale of all types of alcohol, is being issued to Mark and Tammy Lash, who are turning a house in the St. James area into Summer Breeze Wine House.
    Prior to the issuance of a license, board Chairman Steve Knebel said the couple plans to have the wine house open only on Sundays, and that it will be selling wines produced at Illinois wineries.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 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.
    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Vandalia Band Boosters will hold a Country Rhodes all-you-can-eat fish, shrimp and chicken buffet from 4-6:30 p.m. in the Vandalia Junior High School cafeteria. The cost is $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for children ages 12 and under.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Andrea J. Nelson, 56, Indianapolis, Ind., was arrested on April 8 on charges of driving while her license is suspended or revoked and speeding. Bond was $1,500.
    • Michael K. Dyce, 34, RR 2, Vandalia, was arrested on May 7 on charges of possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting a peace officer. Bond was $1,000.

  • Women's Wellness Seminar

    The Fayette County Health Department hosted a Women's Wellness Seminar last Thursday.

    The event featured a number of vendors, as well as free testing provided by Fayette County Hospital. In the first photo, Beth Hall of FCH leads Pam Gurtner through some tests. The highlight of the day was information on hormones presented by nationally acclaimed speaker Barb Bancroft, second photo.

  • Soroptimists planning second Vandalia Idol

    Who are the members of Soroptimist International of Vandalia? They are part of an international organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.

  • Emerick enters race for Fayette County circuit clerk

    Less than two weeks after a general election race for Fayette County state’s attorney was established, competition for a second county officer post was set.

  • Vandalia's proposed burning ordinance

    9.12.060 Burning within the city limits
    A. No person shall, within the city limits, burn any material in open air or inside a stove or other enclosed apparatus kept outside a building and designed to contain burning material.
    B. Exemptions:
    Leaves, tree trimmings, branches, stumps, weeds, grass or yard trimmings for the express purpose of being burned to generate heat may be burned.
    C. Burning shall not be done:
    1-On streets, alleys or public right of ways.

  • Committees OKs proposed burning ordinance

    Vandalia’s director of public works last week agreed, on a trial basis, to have his department take care of what he perceives to be the most-significant leaf disposal issue.
    And, in doing so, John Moyer told city officials that he feels the city can continue to allow city residents to burn leaves.
    A meeting on possible revisions to the city’s burn ordinance last Thursday was called to address some residents’ complaints about leaf-burning. Also to be considered were any possible revisions related to fire pits and other types of burning.