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Today's News

  • Wet weather woes continue

    As the door closes on one of the weirdest – and wettest – planting seasons in recent memory, Ron Marshel offered an assessment of the situation.

  • Tools for School seeking supplies

    Though classes just dismissed for the summer, there are some among us who are already thinking of the upcoming school year.
    That group is Fayette County Tools for School, a committee of local residents that is dedicated to helping needy students have the necessary supplies when they head to school this fall. Last year, they helped nearly 700 county students.
    Now is the time of year that the group is gathering financial support and collecting school supplies. Among those supplies are paper, pencils, pens, rulers and other basic necessities needed by students.

  • Banks of the Okaw--June 16, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This little guy, pictured about 23 years ago, grew up in Vandalia. He is currently in the military and lives out of state.

  • The Way We Were-June 16, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The city of Vandalia received 38 applications for the position of community development director.
    Stewart and Verble Meador were planning to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
    Lucas Clanton, a rural Mulberry Grove resident and member of the Vandalia chapter of Future Farmers of America was named a Star American Farmer candidate.

    20 Years Ago

  • Cox Massacre program yields new facts

    Last week in this space, I told of the upcoming commemoration of the Cox Massacre, the first Indian attack ever recorded in Bond County. My story of the attack combined several sources, and this past Saturday, I learned even more after attending the Hill’s Fort Living History Days in Greenville.

  • City must seek new efficiencies

    After months of budget reviews and line-item trimming, the Vandalia City Council last week voted to balance the city’s budget by making personnel cuts.

  • News Briefs-June 16, 2011

    Tools for School fundraising under way

    Tools for School, a program for Fayette County in-need students to select school supplies, is beginning its work for 2011 with a fundraising campaign.
    Last year, nearly 700 school children, kindergarten through high school, were served by the Tools for School program.
    Monetary donations received from businesses, churches, organizations and individuals are used to purchase notebooks, paper, pens, crayons and other supplies noted on the Fayette County School supply lists.

  • Marriage Licenses-June 16, 2011

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    Brent Thomas Weischedel
    Vandalia
    Brandi Sue Gray
    Vandalia
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    Andrew C. Wehrle
    Vandalia
    Ginger Lee Freeman
    Vandalia
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    Jarvis Ray Denning
    Shobonier
    Amy Renee Carroll
    Shobonier
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    Mark Wayne Taylor
    Vandalia
    Tanya Danette DeSherlia
    Vandalia
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    Richard Larry Thull
    Ramsey

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-June 16, 2011

    • Ashley A. Rice, 21, 320 N. Superior St., Ramsey, was arrested on June 14 on a traffic warrant and on a charge of obstructing justice. Bond was $1,000.
    • Roosevelt Shorter, 36, Chicago, was arrested on June 14 on a Cook County warrant. He was held for Cook County authorities.
    • Steven D. Cox, 43, 422 S. Sixth St., Vandalia, turned himself in on June 13 on a Shelby County traffic warrant. Bond was $3,000.

  • Community Calendar-June 16, 2011

    Thursday, June 16

    ✔ 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.