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    Pool staff to operate haunted house

    The staff of the Vandalia Municipal Swimming Pool will operate a haunted house at the former Washington School, 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.
    • Friday Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 25 _ 7-11 p.m.

  • Museum hosts author Sunday

    The Fayette County Museum is continuing the “Meet the Author” series with a presentation at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the museum.
    Yvonne Scherer Meckfessel is the author of “Pickle Pots, Stupid Hats and Other Stories.” These stories are of family life in the early 1900s.
    This book is a reminder that our pioneer ancestors are heroes. The true heroes are revealed in those pioneers as their stories of day-to-day life are told.

  • Bird in Vandalia tests positive for West Nile

    The Fayette County Health Department recently collected and submitted a dead bird (Blue Jay) to the University of Illinois Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, and this bird tested positive for West Nile Virus.
    West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Common West Nile virus symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 10

    ✔ 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 Vandalia Park District will meet at 4 p.m. at Vandalia Airport.
    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will host a PACK gathering at 5:30 p.m. Children are invited to go to the library and read with DarnFar Ranch's specially trained therapy dogs. Registration is required; call the libary, 283-2824.

  • Jordan fuNFest raises $17,000+
  • Willy's asks for liquor license to have state gaming devices

    The owner of a Vandalia business is asking for a liquor license even though he’s not interested in selling beer and wine.
    That’s because in order to have gaming machines at this business, Will Baldock is required by the state to have a liquor license.
    Baldock filed a request for a beer and wine license for Willy’s Drive-In after an official with the state’s gaming commission told him that he meets all requirements for gaming devices except possession of such a license.

  • County drops benefit change offer

    A proposal to replace a couple of benefits for the county’s non-union employees with a pay increase was killed after representatives of that group voiced their opposition.
    The Fayette County Board’s insurance and personnel committee announced last month that it would be proposing that dental and vision coverage for non-union employees be replaced with a pay hike of 25 cents an hour.

  • Another weekend full of activities

    A number of activities, including the return of a cemetery walk, are planned in Vandalia this weekend.

  • Judge: City has control over lake

    Denying a motion filed by the couple operating a restaurant on Lake Vandalia, a judge has ruled that the city has jurisdiction over property at the lake.
    But that ruling does not bring a final resolution to the city’s case against Steve “Luke” and Latisha Mabry.
    Judge James L. Roberts of Hillsboro filed on Friday an order in which he denied the Mabry’s motion to dismiss the city’s complaint for declaratory judgment.

  • Judge rules for city, against Mabrys

    A judge has ruled in favor of the city of Vandalia in the case involving the operation of a restaurant on Vandalia Lake.

    Judge James Roberts filed on Friday his order, in which he states, “The sole issue for determination by this court as to the motion to dismiss (the city’s complaint for declaratory judgment) is whether (the) plaintiff (city of Vandalia) has established a basis for an extension of its extraterritorial jurisdiction to permit the court to even consider those evidentiary issues and plaintiff’s request for relief.