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Today's News

  • Taking attorney's advice, council declines request to discuss smoking law

    The owner of a bar who has been ticketed three times for violating the city ordinance on public health and safety asked the Vandalia City Council on Monday to hold off on those tickets until the court hears her arguments on the validity of that local law.
    But the mayor said city officials would not discuss such a request on the advice of its legal counsel.

  • Marriage Licenses-Sept. 23, 2010

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    Jeremy Stephen Davis
    Vandalia
    Sarah Aileen Davis
    Vandalia
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    Mitchell Davis Bolyard
    Ramsey
    Kayla Dawn Chamberlain
    Ramsey
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    Brian Lee Nesbit
    Vandalia
    Gina Marie Hoyle
    Vandalia

  • Community Calendar-Sept. 23, 2010

    Thursday, September 23

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon at Days Inn.

    Friday, September 24

    ✔ The Vandalia Community High School homecoming parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the high school and travel downtown.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Sept. 23, 2010

    • Christina S. Dozz, 32, Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 20 on a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Bond was $1,000.
    • Jacob A. Jones, 23, 103 E. Fourth St., Ramsey, was arrested on Sept. 20 on a charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Bond was $100,000.
    • George L. McCray, 31, 127 E. Madison St., Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 20 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver. Bond was $300,000.

  • Police holding 'no questions asked' collection

    The Vandalia Police Department, in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, will conduct a “no questions asked” collection of pharmaceuticals and other medications that are expired, unwanted or unused.
    Residents may place the items in a box that will be in the lobby of the police department at 221 S. Fifth St.
    Police will not ask those taking advantage of the service for identification and will not attempt to identify those people in any manner.

  • Corn Day is Saturday

    The Vandalia Main Street Program is holding its annual Corn Day festival this Saturday in downtown Vandalia.
    The schedule for Corn Day is as follows:
    • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Inflatable bouncers, with $3 armbands for unlimited play available.
    • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Build-A-Scarecrow booth.
    • 11 a.m. – Little Miss and Little Mister Corn Day pageant.
    • Noon-2 p.m. – Sidewalk chalk art contest, with judging at 2 p.m.
    • 1-4 p.m. – Live music by “Charlie’s Jam Band.”

  • Baucum ends 39-year career at Friendship Manor

    Retirement is usually not an unusual occurrence.
    But this summer at Friendship Manor in St. Elmo, it was a special event, as Versie Baucum had worked 39 consecutive years in the same position – a certified nurse’s aide – in the same location, caring for nursing home residents in an occupation that is very fulfilling and satisfying, but one that can also be both physically and emotionally taxing.
    One tends to become very attached and bonded to their patients, often regarding them as an extended family, even as an uncle or aunt.

  • Firemen busy on Friday

  • School board OKs bonds for two building projects

    Though the Vandalia School Board’s regular meeting lasted only 45 minutes, the board covered a lot of ground – holding two special meetings prior to the regular monthly meeting on Tuesday night.
    First on the agenda was a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. to consider the sale of $300,000 in school fire prevention and safety bonds to finance recent Health/Life Safety improvements in the district.

  • Council delays funds for Main Street

    Two weeks after approving funding for the Vandalia Main Street Program, the Vandalia City Council agreed to hold off on writing that check.
    After a 20-minute discussion, the council excluded a $3,750 payment to Main Street from the list of special bills.
    That discussion was initiated by Alderman Mike Hobler, who was not present at the Sept. 6 meeting when the council voted 7-0 to approve a request from Main Street for half of the $7,500 funding included in the current city budget.