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Today's News

  • The Way We Were-May 12, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Walt Barenfanger asked the city of Vandalia to take over maintenance of the road that runs west of Majestic Drapery and the old Crane Packing building. The council gave Mayor Rich Walker the authority to work with Barenfanger. The local postal food drive netted about 5,500 pounds of food for the CEFS Food Pantry in Vandalia.
    Darrell Gummert, principal of Vandalia Community High School, was elected president of the Charles R. Ruemmelin Foundation Board.

  • 'Vandalia Raid' results in several arrests

    Alenia Dressor McCord was reared in the Bethel community, about eight miles northwest of Greenville, now known as Reno, and was a child during the turbulent days of the Civil War.
    She told her granddaughter, the late Alenia McCord, known to many as a former high school teacher in Vandalia, many family stories. One of her stories was about an event that would become known as the "Vandalia Raid."

  • State trying to grab local funds

    Budget cutting is the norm at nearly every level of government these days. Every entity is looking for ways to trim expenses, balance its budget and operate in the black.
    In Vandalia, for instance, the city has trimmed more than $200,000 of its deficit by eliminating services and delaying some types of work. And some $50,000 remains to be cut before a balanced budget can be submitted for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

  • Soroptimist hold Vandalia Idol contest

    “American Idol” is one of the most-watched talent searches in the country, and a local organization will be providing a similar talent search to Vandalia.
    Soroptimist International of Vandalia, a local club of the world-wide organization, is a group of professional woman that support the cause of women and girls in our community.
    The work by members include the "Food for Thought" program at OUR PLACE Youth Center and filling the big flower pots in front of businesses around town.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-May 12, 2011

    • David J. Sheridan, 53, Granite City, was arrested on May 10 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and driving with expired registration. Bond was $1,500.
    • Lee A. Logue, 23, 539 S. Cypress St., Vandalia, was arrested on May 9 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $4,000.

  • Community Calendar-May 12, 2011

    Thursday, May 12

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The building trades class at the Okaw Area Vocational Center is holding an open house at the home it built this year at 1 Mark Drive, located north of Jefferson Street in Vandalia, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2:15 p.m.

  • Pat Rhodes is active in local projects, causes

    It might seem that when she moved to Vandalia four years ago with her husband, Pat Rhodes hit the ground running and doing for others.

  • FAYCO fighting state cuts

    As Illinois municipalities fight to retain state income tax, a local entity is also battling proposed cuts by the state government.
    Officials at FAYCO Enterprises, which has as its mission “to integrate people with disabilities and other life issues into the community and enrich their quality of life with choice and independence,” are lobbying against about $115 million in proposed cuts to community services in the state.

  • County makes another fund transfer for payroll

    With barely enough members on hand for a quorum, the Fayette County Board approved on Tuesday another fund transfer to ensure that the county could meet payroll.
    Eight of the board’s 13 current members were present for the meeting, which included a transfer of $250,000 from the county’s capital improvement fund to the general fund.
    “We don’t actually need it right now, but we’re close,” board Chairman Steve Knebel told board members.

  • Band Parents' ice cream social is Thursday

    The Vandalia Junior High School spring band concert will be held at 7 p.m. in the VJHS gym.

    After the concert, the Vandalia Band Parents will hold its inaugural ice cream social in the VJHS cafeteria.

    The cost for a half pint of ice cream is $3, with chocolate, vanilla, strawberry cheesecake, cookies and cream, cookie dough and s'mores.