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Local News

  • Son succeeds father as VFD chief

    The chief of the Vandalia Fire Department has retired after 35 years on the department, and his successor is his son.

  • Guessing Game
  • Sales tax hike benefits spelled out

    Some local residents who are helping to educate the public on the request for a sales tax increase for county schools were themselves educated last week.
    About 25 people were present for that meeting, during which Dr. Jennifer Garrison, superintendent of the Vandalia School District, talked about the use of additional sales tax revenue and the benefit to residents to approve the tax hike.
    In April, county residents will decide whether to add 1 percent to the local sales tax in each of their communities, with the revenue to go to school districts in the county.

  • The Gift of a Lincoln Painting
  • Two men sentenced to 4 years in prison

    A Vandalia man whose recent search by authorities included the use of social media last week was sentenced to four years in prison.

  • Fatal wreck trial rescheduled

    A bench trial scheduled next week for a Missouri man charged with causing the death of a Canada man in an hit-and-run accident last June has been delayed.
    The trial for Ray L. Ryan, 60, was set for next Wednesday, but was rescheduled for March 21 during a pretrial hearing last week in Fayette County Circuit Court.

  • On to State
  • Recycling registered

    While it was announced on Tuesday that the Fayette County Health Department is starting an electronic recycling program, that agency will simply be handling paperwork associated with the current program.
    Fayette County Board Vice Chairman Darrell Schaal, conducting the board’s meeting on Tuesday in the absence of Chairman Jeff Beckman, reported on the electronic program, but said he had no details.

  • Some SB helmets made in this area

    State Rep. Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City) announced last week that 27 players on the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots teams wore protective helmets made in Salem.
    This year’s game was played in Atlanta, Ga., and seen around the world in places from Canada and New Zealand to the United Kingdom and Thailand.

  • Lincoln's Birthday program Saturday at Statehouse

    The Vandalia Statehouse will hold its annual Lincoln’s Birthday celebration this Saturday afternoon.
    The program, which begins at 1 p.m., will kick off with a presentation by John Cavaletto, retired state representative.
    It followed by mistress of ceremonies Linda Hanabarger leading the singing of songs, including “Illinois” and “Old Abe Lincoln Came Out of the Wilderness.”
    Bond County historian Kevin Kaegy will talk about Lincoln’s time in the Black Hawk War.
    After the program, cake and punch will be served.