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  • Old State Burial Ground work day is this Saturday

    The second annual work day for improvements at the Old State Burial Ground in Vandalia is this Saturday.
    The Community Action Day at the cemetery, located on Edwards Street between First and Second streets, is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    The main focus will be cleaning headstones, but volunteers are also needed to help put out 87 flags on veterans’ graves for Memorial Day, removing debris, mapping, photographing headstones and record-keeping.

  • Calendar

    Friday, May 18

    ✔ "Movies Under the Stars," sponsored by State Farm agent Clint Simpson and the Vandalia Lions Club, is held at the Lions Pavilion at Vandalia Lake. The movie is "The Incredibles." Snacks and sodas will be available for purchase.
    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Trevor J. Alstat, 24, 1229 W. Jefferson St., Vandalia, was arrested on May 15 for an alleged probation violation. Bond was $2,500.
    • An 11-year-old Brownstown resident and a 15-year-old Indianapolis, Ind., resident were arrested on May 14 on charges of arson, knowingly criminally damage property more than $500, criminal trespass to real property and disorderly conduct. They were taken to the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center.

  • County OKs solar systems law

    After considerable discussion, the Fayette County Board last week approved an ordinance that will allow solar energy systems in unincorporated areas of the county.
    But, board members were told, that action does not create “a situation where there is going to be a tsunami of solar panels everywhere.”
    The ordinance, Assistant State’s Attorney Brenda Mathis said, allows solar systems on county property and in unincorporated residential areas. It does not allow for such systems within municipal boundaries in the county, she said.

  • Graduation Days
  • Collaborative effort

    What started out as a plan of Vandalia’s new superintendent of schools to inform local organizations about the district’s idea of developing more ways to help local youth and their families has grown into a collaborative effort to make that happen.
    Dr. Jennifer Garrison told school board members on Tuesday that the first community collaboration meeting was held earlier this month, during which three short-term goals were set:
    • Aligning food pantries for the community.

  • Opening Ceremonies
  • City council OKs $3,000 to support new CEO program for HS students

    Vandalia officials said on Monday night that they will support an entrepreneurial program that will provide “real-life learning” for some high school students.
    And to show its support, the city council voted unanimously to give the Fayette County CEO program $1,000 a year for the next three years.
    The Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities program, in its infancy stage in Fayette County, was explained to city officials by Pat Click, Sandy Michel-Stempinski, Todd Stapleton and Sally Emerick.

  • 25 years for sex crimes

    A Vandalia man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison on predatory criminal sexual assault charges.

  • 'Sanctuary' county

    Following the lead of a neighboring county, Fayette County is now a “sanctuary” for gun owners.
    The Fayette County Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution stating its opposition to bills before state legislators that would limit the rights of gun owners as stated in the U.S. Constitution.
    None of the board members spoke before voting on the measure, but someone in the audience did.
    “For too long, Chicago has been making gun laws that affect Southern Illinois,” Mike Black said.