en Celebration of Life Service <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="55" height="85" /> Higher water bills for some <p> Some Vandalia residents may see their water bills increase in the future, even without increased water usage or rate hikes by the city.<br /> That&rsquo;s because the city is looking at purchasing new water meters.<br /> The city council will likely vote on the purchase of new meters in the near future, acting on a recommendation from its water and sewer committee.<br /> In recent weeks, the committee has been meeting with Public Works Director Marlin Filer and members of his staff to talk about the issue.<br /> Officer retires; city to fill spot <img src="" alt="At a special city council meeting on Monday, Mayor Rick Gottman, right, presented Neil Clark with a clock to recognize his service as a Ward I alderman for the past four years." title="At a special city council meeting on Monday, Mayor Rick Gottman, right, presented Neil Clark with a clock to recognize his service as a Ward I alderman for the past four years." align="left" hspace="6" width="115" height="85" /><p> The Vandalia City Council on Monday approved the retirement of a long-time police officer, then took the first step in hiring his replacement.</p> Three former students now teachers <p> Three former students of the Vandalia School District will be returning to classrooms next fall, this time as teachers.<br /> The Vandalia School Board voted last week to hire Katie Vieregge as the Title I math teacher at Vandalia Junior High School, Laura Hobbie as a science teacher at the junior high and Joe Kelly as a math teacher at VJHS.<br /> Also hired were Rachel Miller, for language arts at the high school, and Eric Lux, as a special education teacher at VCHS.<br /> Food Bank Visits St. Elmo <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="94" height="85" /><p> Pinnacle Foods in St. Elmo again hosted a visit by the Central Illinois Food Bank, and again was among the businesses donating food for the distribution.</p> <p> In the first photo, Cameron Kirby doles out some onions, and in the second photo, Karlee Kruenegel hands out baked goods such as bread, cookies and cakes. The mobile food pantry was made possible through donations from the Fayette County Farm Bureau, First United Methodist Church of St. Elmo, St. Elmo Lions Club and Vandalia Lions Club, as well as Pinnacle Foods.</p> News Briefs <p> <strong>Pageant call-in day is Saturday</strong><br /> <br /> This Saturday is call-in day for contestants for this year&#39;s Little Miss and Junior Fayette County pageants.<br /> Parents of contestants for the Little Miss pageant (ages 5-7) may begin calling at 9 a.m., and contestants for the Junior Miss pageant (entering grades 6-8) may begin calling at 10 a.m. The number to call is 427-3762.<br /> The first 20 callers in each division will be accepted for the pageants.<br /> Contestants for this year&#39;s Miss Fayette County Fair may enter through June 9.<br /> Calendar <p> Thursday, April 30<br /> <br /> ✔ 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.<br /> ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.<br /> ✔ 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.<br /> <br /> Friday, May 1<br /> <br /> Former VCHS teacher, coach, administrator dies <p> Former Vandalia Community High School teacher, coach and administrator Vito &ldquo;Vic&rdquo; Provinzano died on Thurday, April 23, at his home in Mattoon.<br /> Services were held at 10 a.m. on Monday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mattoon. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Mattoon. Hall Funeral Chapel in Effingham was in charge of arragements; online condolences may be expressed at<br /> Mr. Provinzano survivors include his wife of 68 years, Lucille; and three daughters.<br />