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Today's News

  • Vandalia Rehab provides 'comfort bears'

    First Photo - Residents and staff at Vandalia Rehabilitation Center hold some of the stuffed bears that they helped to make. Those "Comfort Bears" will be donated to the Fayette County Health Department, which will give them to young patients undergoing treatment there. Pictured, from left, are, front row, Sarah Laurie, Edrie Pinion and Maxine Bogle; middle row, Ida Radcliff, Ruth Montcue, Norma Sarver and Betty Tucker; back row, Bev Swofford (FCHD), Eleanor McNutt (retired activity director), Kelly Mock (activity director) and Michelle Vaughan (administrator).

  • Schaal and Associates' Johnson wins sales award

    Donna Johnson of Schaal & Associates Real Estate was awarded the bronze award at the recent annual banquet held by the Greater Gateway Association of Realtors in Collinsville. The bronze award is based on sales of $1 million of transactions closed.

  • Verizon store officially opens

    After being quietly open since late March, the Verizon Wireless store in Vandalia officially opened its doors on May 12 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house.

  • Marriage Licenses-May 26, 2011

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    Christopher Lee Scholes
    Nokomis
    Stacy Nicole Reed
    Nokomis
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    Gary Lee Eller
    Ramsey
    Samantha Diane Smith
    Ramsey
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    Larry Donald Weischedel
    Vandalia
    Melissa Jean Maroon
    Vandalia
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    Richard Lynn Jay
    Vandalia
    Clara Mae Cox
    Vandalia
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    Ivan Black Jr.
    Beecher City
    Shannon Jeanette Thompson

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-May 26, 2011

    • Michael E. Tessman, 54, 2207 Angie Drive, Vandalia, was arrested on May 24 on a charge of driving under the influence, and on an Effingham County small claims warrant. Bond was $3,100.
    • Kayla M. Hovis, 20, 318 N. Fifth St., Vandalia, was arrested on May 23 on a charge of driving without a valid license. She was given a notice to appear in court, and was held for federal authorities on a charge of methamphetamine manufacture.
    • William E. Jackson, 25, RR 1, Vandalia, was arrested on May 23 on a charge of battery. No bond amount was listed.

  • Community Calendar-May 26, 2011

    Thursday, May 26

    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will hold a lapsit story time at 6 p.m. The theme is, "Here Comes Peter Cottontail."

  • Banks of the Okaw-May 26, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken in 1968, shows three brothers and a cousin. All grew up in the Ramsey area.

  • Michael Steinhauer home housed FCHD

    The auction notice of the building at 509 W. Edwards St., used most recently as headquarters of the Fayette County Health Department, sparked my interest because I discovered only a couple of years ago that this home was built in the early 1860s by Michael Steinhauer.

  • Map drawing a local issue, too

    District remapping is a big issue at both the state and national levels right now, with politics playing a big role in what those final products will look like.
    All of the talk of those mapping issues got us to wondering where the discussions are for such a project in Vandalia?
    City officials have in recent years talked about drawing up new ward boundaries, replacing the ones that have been in place for many, many decades.

  • Graduation Day

    Six of seven area high schools held commencement exercises for the class of 2011 last weekend.