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  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 3

    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, October 5

  • Vandals Marching Invitational is Saturday

    The Vandalia Community High School marching band will host a dozen area bands this Saturday for the second annual Marching Vandals Invitational.
    That event, which includes both a parade and field competition, kicks off at 11 a.m. with the parade portion. Bands will start at the high school and march south on Eighth Street to Lincoln Street. Judges will be located at the Fayette County Hospital parking lot.
    The Vandalia Junior High School band leads off the parade as an exhibition entry, and competing bands follow every seven minutes.

  • New school budget has deficits

    The Vandalia Board of Education on Monday approved a budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year that projects a deficit of $1.4 million in the four operating funds over which the district has spending discretion.
    That budget shows revenues of $12,987,496 and expenditures of $14,393,736 for the fiscal year that began July 1.
    The four operating accounts include education fund, operations and maintenance, transportation and working cash.

  • Genealogical & Historical Society to meet Tuesday

    The Fayette County Genealogical and Historical Society will be meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the Lincoln Room at Evans Public Library in Vandalia.

    Gloria and Steve Durbin will lead the program "Hints for Researching Probate Records." (They are willing to schedule a weekday demonstration at the Courthouse for interested members.)  

  • Fayette County selling real estate, mobile home items through sealed bids

    Fayette County, as trustee, has completed its tax deed proceedings on real estate properties that were delinquent for 2009 and mobile homes that were delinquent for 2010 and prior real estate taxes.
    The county will now offer for sale the real estate and mobile homes obtained to the public. They will offer approximately eight real estate items and 10 mobile home items through a sealed-bid auction sale.

  • News Briefs

    Evans Library's Wee Read
    program is now under way

    Evans Public Library in Vandalia invites local youth to sign up for the library's Wee Read Program, "Have Book, Will Travel."
    The program is open to children age 3 through first grade. Children may sign up individually, or teachers may sign up their entire classes.
    Prizes will be awarded for reading throughout the program, and special events will be offered at the library in October to go along with the program.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Bryce A. Gill, 24, Altamont, was arrested on Sept. 24 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving without a valid license. Bond was $2,500.
    • Kelsey L. Denton, 20, 1105 W. St. Louis Ave., Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 22 on a charge of illegal consumption of alcohol. Bond was $1,000, and she was released on a personal recognizance bond.
    • Katelyn S. Allen, 19, Tower Hill, was arrested on Sept. 22 on a charge of illegal consumption of alcohol. Bond was $1,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 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.
    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. All retired teachers in the area are invited to attend.
    ✔ An American Red Cross Blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. at the American Legion Home in Ramsey.

  • Hudson creating art on glassware

    “Simple Moments Make Great Memories” is just one of the inspiring messages on the works of art painted on glassware by Mary Beth Hudson.

  • Positive West Nile test in St. Elmo

    An official from the Illinois Department of Public Health collected five culex samples in St. EImo on Sept. 11, and one of the five samples tested positive for West Nile Virus.