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Today's News

  • Retiring Teachers Honored

    Four teachers in the Vandalia School District who are retiring at the end of this school year were honored last Thursday at the district's appreciation dinner.

    From left to right are: Amy Vieregge, Vandalia Community High School, 34 years; Cherie Woods, Vandalia Elementary School, 26 years; Sherry Schneider, Vandalia Jefferson Primary School, 16 years; and Rhonda Phillips, Vandalia Junior High School, 25 years.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young lady, pictured when she was a student nurse, graduated from St. John's Hospital School of Nursing and is celebrating her 40th year as a registered nurse.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia City Council was closer to hiring the first city administrator for the town. The field of 43 applicants was narrowed to four finalists, and they were interviewed by aldermen.
    The Deb Keeling family was chosen as the first partner family for a Fayette County Habitat for Humanity house.
    Rebecca and Jack Hill of Ramsey were celebrating their 40th anniversary.

  • Harner family still calls Avena home

    The Harner family came to Fayette County by covered wagon from Rockingham County, Va., in 1860.

  • Keep prom night safe – not tragic

    With the school year winding down, this is an activity-packed time of year.
    Graduation plans are being made, band and chorus concerts are scheduled, spring sports are moving toward the culmination of their season and proms are being held at schools throughout the county.
    It is the proms that give parents and school officials the most reason to worry.

  • VPD taking unused drugs on Saturday

    The Vandalia Police Department will be accepted expired and unused drugs without question this Saturday.
    The “no questions asked drug turn-in” is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with collection boxes set up in the lobby of the city’s Public Service Building, 221 S. Fifth St.
    The collection is allowed for individuals; doctors and medical facilities may not participate in the program. Those dropping off drugs will not be asked to identify themselves.
    Once collected, the drugs will be turned over the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and destroyed.

  • Marriage License

    The following marriage license has been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:
    Jason Donald Lewis
    Brownstown
    Cassandra Lee Emerick
    Brownstown

  • FCHD hosting women's health seminar

    The Fayette County Health Department is one of 14 health departments in Illinois to be awarded a mini-grant through the Illinois Department of Public Health to celebrate National Women’s Health Week in May.
    Next Thursday, from noon-2 p.m., nationally acclaimed speaker Bark Bancroft will speak at the FCHD facilities on West Johnson Street in Vandalia on the topic of “Hormonal Chaos.”
    During this free seminar, Bancroft will explain the role of hormones in women’s health, not just estrogen, but progesterone and testosterone, as well.

  • Lions circus is Monday

    The Vandalia Lions Club is bringing the circus to town.
    The Kelly Miller Brothers Circus will be in Vandalia on Monday for shows at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Waggoner Trucking parking lot on Janett Ave.
    Tickets purchased in advance are $10 for adults and $6 for children.
    Advance tickets are available at all locations of First National Bank of Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka, Mulberry Grove and Greenville, and at Country Market in Vandalia.
    Advance tickets are also available from Lions Club members.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Joseph B. Johnson, 24, RR 2, Ramsey, was arrested on April 24 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Duane R. O’Neal, 46, Fredericksburg, Ohio, was arrested on April 24 on a St. Clair County traffic warrant. Bond was $1,000.
    • Duran C. Dollins, 21, Vandalia, was arrested on April 24 on charges of possession of 30 grams or less of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $1,000.