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Local News

  • Who would've thought?

    When she went to Fayette County Hospital for a mammogram on the last day of 2012, Elloise Black had no reason to suspect that anything was awry. She was simply trying to get the procedure done before the new insurance deductible kicked in.

  • VPD Top Shot

    Patrolman Brian Roedl, left, was the Vandalia Police Department's inaugural Top Shot winner after he posted the best score among department officers at the VPD shooting range near the Vandalia Lake dam.

    With Roedl is VPD Chief Jeff Ray.

  • Stories from the Grave
  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 17

    ✔ 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 monthly meeting of Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary will be held at 7 p.m. at the Legion Home in Vandalia.
    ✔ 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.
    Friday, October 18

  • Reading Pals

    Matalyn Jones reads to Franklin, Lisette Ehrat's collie, during the P.A.CK. (Pups Assisting Children with Kindness) gathering at Evans Public Library in Vandalia last Thursday evening.

  • Conder announces candidacy for county clerk

    The field of candidates for the post of Fayette County clerk and recorder has increased to three, with the newest candidate creating a primary race in the spring.

  • Haunted house kicks off Halloween season

    The Halloween season in Vandalia officially gets underway this weekend with a new activity on the Halloween calendar.
    The staff of the Vandalia Municipal Swimming Pool will operate a haunted house at the former Washington School in the 300 block of South Eighth Street, with the proceeds going toward pool rehabilitation work.
    The haunted house will be open:
    • Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19 – 7-11 p.m.
    • Thursday, Oct. 24 – After the Vandalia Lions Club’s Halloween parade, until 10:30 p.m.

  • Pool staff still raising funds

    A Vandalia Park District commissioner for more than 15 years has resigned after serving as the park board president for a little more than a year.
    In the middle of last Thursday’s park board meeting, Chuck Hutson presented other commissioners with copies of his resignation letter.
    “I feel that it’s time for me to go,” Hutson said. “I’ve got other priorities I want to tend to.”

  • National 4-H Week is observed this week

    More than 6 million young people across the country will be celebrating National 4-H Week, which takes place annually during the first full week of October.
    Fayette County 4-H leverages National 4-H Week to celebrate the great things that the 4-H youth development program offers young people and highlights the incredible 4-H young people who each day work to a make a positive impact on their community.

  • Happy Hollow's Fall Festival