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Memorial Day Activities

  Brownstown – 10 a.m., May 31 Program at Memorial Wall   Ramsey – 10 a.m., May 31 Program at Ramsey Cemetery   Vandalia – 1 p.m., May 31 Walk Across America Meet at the State House for a walk to the American Legion

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Vandalia school to return to normal scheduling for ’21-22 year

In aniticpation of the state superintendent expected to approve a normal start to next school year, Dr. Jennifer Garrison told the Vandalia School Board that the district will return to a full-day schedule for the ’21-22 school year, the same schedule as prior to COVID. That report came at the Tuesday, May 18 meeting. The…

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Plummer to speak at this year’s Lincoln Day dinner

State Senator Jason Plummer  will be the keynote speaker at The Fayette County Republican Central Committee’s Lincoln Day Dinner at the Crawford-Hale American Legion in Vandalia on Saturday, June 5 beginning at 5 p.m. After being postponed due to COVID-19, the Fayette County Republicans have changed the format of their dinner to a more casual…

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National Road Cruise has Vandalia finale

Time is winding down to get in on the National Road Cruise, to be held on Saturday, June 12. The cruise is sponsored by district Lions organizations, according to Mary Truitt, Vandalia Lions member. “We were at a meeting where our district governor proposed a cruise as a potential fund raiser. Everyone sat there without…

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Swimming pool to open Friday, weather permitting

The Vandalia Swimming Pool will open for the season this week on Friday, May 28, weather permitting, from 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is $4.50 per person for the afternoon hours and $2.25 for the evening sessions. Those under two years of age are free. The hours, depending on number…

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Council rejects adding more liquor licenses

All but one action item passed during Monday night’s meeting of the Vandalia City Council. While the alderman mostly agreed on the other numerous items, the proposed ordinance amending the number of Class J Liquor licenses from four to six was rejected by a 3-2 vote. Steve Barker led off the limited discussion on the…

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Howie’s on Main plans to reopen first weekend in June

Two area natives are looking to bring back a local favorite in reopening Howie’s on Main in Vandalia. The business has been closed since the end of 2020. Chris Walton and Jon Denton, along with a silent third partner, will be reopening the establishment hopefully the first weekend in June. They say they plan on…

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Laura Feezel anmed Mother of Year by Sefton HCE Unit at church Sunday

Panzi Blackwell, correspondent When the Home & Community (HCE) Sefton Unit of the Fayette  County  HCE decided to choose a Sefton Unit “Mother of the  Year,” it was a landslide vote for Laural Feezel. Deciding to make the award and presentation a surprise, it was decided to make the presentation at the Emmanuel Methodist Church…

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Grand Jury returns many indictments here last week

On May 12, 2021 the Fayette County State’s Attorney’s Office submitted 31 cases to the Fayette County Grand Jury and received indictments on the following cases: Jagwant Singh – Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance Justin L. Smith – Obstruction of Justice Jonathon D. Ritchey – Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine Amanda M. Escobar – Unlawful Possession…

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Effingham arrests two in connection with possible Fayette County incidents

In a two-week period spanning May 1 to May 13, the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office received 115 reports of criminal damage to mailboxes and reports of vehicles and residences being egged throughout the county, according to a release from the Effingham County Sheriff’s office. The investigation into the rash of damage is still ongoing and…

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