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  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 30

    ✔ 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, June 1

    ✔ The Fayette County Relay for Life will be held from noon-midnight in Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia.
    Sunday, June 2

  • Relay for Life is this Saturday

    Special luminaria – paper lanterns lit to represent those lost to cancer and those who have survived - will be showcased during the 17th Annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Fayette County this Saturday.
    The Relay for Life will again be held at Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia, but the time has been changed. This year’s event will be held from noon-midnight.

  • Streetscape project going well

    Despite regular interruptions due to bad weather, Vandalia’s most-recent downtown streetscape project appears to be moving along at a good pace.
    “I think it’s going very well,” Mayor Rick Gottman said at last week’s city council meeting.
    The city’s director of public works agreed with the mayor.
    “It’s just going real good,” said John Moyer, giving good marks to the general contractor, Kinney Construction of Raymond. “They’re real particular.”

  • Involving our youth

    As local residents involved in Vandalia’s tourism efforts discussed possible projects that could take advantage of grant funding through the state’s Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, two ideas surfaced.

  • Honorary Mayor
  • HCE Gift for Relay for Life
  • St. Elmo Food Distribution
  • Workplace health forums are set

    Through a Community Transformation Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and South Central Illinois Health Coalition (SCIHC) are using funds to implement “We Choose Health.”
    This is a statewide initiative to reduce chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes, which are a significant portion (75 percent) of the health care costs in the United States.

  • House Fire

    Vandalia volunteer firefighter Zac Stombaugh uses an ax for ventilation and to gain entry to the second story of a home last Friday morning.

    Firefighters were called to 1106 W. Gallatin St. at 8:53 a.m., and arrived to see smoke coming from the residence, which is owned by Angela Stagar. Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire in a second-story bedroom. Firefighters were at the scene for about an hour. No damage estimate was available, and no injuries were reported.

  • News Briefs

    Soroptimists hosting widows' luncheon

    Soroptimist International of Vandalia is accepting reservations through Friday for its New Beginnings Luncheon on Saturday, June 1.
    The free event for area widows will be held from noon-2 p.m. on June 1 at St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia.
    Reservations are required, and all ages are invited to attend. To make reservations, call Judy Wasmuth at 283-2989 by Friday.
    In addition to lunch, the event will include speakers, music and door prizes.