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  • KC Vandalia Campus Campaign workers get first look at Simma-Kelly Education Building

    Jack Johnston and Mary Lou Whitten both got a little emotional as they spoke on Tuesday morning to a group of individuals who played key roles in the transformation of the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus from a dream to a reality. And they had good cause.

    For Johnston, it was the fact that the community pulled together to build the 22,000-square-foot educational facility, and that the teamwork throughout the campus campaign will benefit both individuals and the community for many years to come.

  • Lady Vandals off to 2-0 start

    The Vandalia girls basketball team's defense is already in midseason form.

    South Central and Alton Marquette can attest to that after suffering a combined 60 turnovers against the Lady Vandals in their first two games.

    VCHS's offense isn't quite there yet. But thanks to the former, it hasn't mattered, as the Lady Vandals have raced out to a 2-0 start with a pair of defense-dominated double-digit wins.

  • Vandalia Main Street, Whiteman recognized by state

    Vandalia's Main Street Program and its manager were both recognized last week as being among the best in the state.

    A third award presented to the local program honored a new Vandalia business.

    At the 14th annual Illinois Main Street Conference in Danville, Vandalia Main Street was one of six community Main Street programs receiving a Premier designation. Also at the conference, Vandalia Main Street Program Manager Dana Whiteman was one of three finalists for manager of the year.

  • Firm offers to help county get E911

    A Lockport-based company has offered to Fayette County its assistance in making Enhanced 911 phone service available in this county.

    Mike Gende of GenDesign told county board members at their meeting last Tuesday that his company can provide the path to Enhanced 911, and at a monthly rate that is much lower than what was proposed in two earlier referendums in the county.

    Our goal is to help you overcome barriers in making Enhanced 911 phone service available to county residents, Gende said.

  • Two arrested for bank robbery

    A Springfield man is being held by federal authorities and a Springfield woman remains in Fayette County Jail after the couple was arrested for robbing First National Bank in Ramsey last Friday.

    Fayette County States Attorney Stephen Friedel charged James Echols, 32, and Annette F. Michael-Jefferson, 45, with aggravated robbery after the two were apprehended a short time after allegedly taking money from the bank.

  • Two arrested after Ramsey bank robbery

    Two Springfield residents were arrested on charges of aggravated robbery for their alleged part in a robbery of First National Bank in Ramsey.

    In a press release issued Friday evening, Sheriff Aaron Lay said that Jason Echols, 32, and Annette F. Michael Jefferson, 45, were arrested on the robbery charges.

    Lay said his department, along with the Ramsey Police Department, responded at 11:45 a.m. on Friday to a report of a robbery at the bank.

    Assisting those agencies in handling the incident were the Illinois State Police and Pana Police Department.

  • Orders taken for 2008 Vandalois

    The Vandalia Community High School yearbook staff is now accepting orders for the 2008 Vandalois yearbook.

    The cost is $42, or $47 with a name engraved on the cover.

    To place an order, stop by the high school office. For more information, contact Vandalois adviser Amy Vieregge at 283-5155 or by e-mail at avieregg@fayette.k12.il.us.

  • News Briefs

    Toys for Tots drive under way

    With the start of the Christmas season just around the corner, the Vandalia business that operates the Toys for Tots program each year is beginning to collect donations.

    Arthur Young Inc., located at 122 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia, is accepting donations of new or like-new toys and other items for children.

    Donations that are received through the program are turned over to Fayette County Caring and Sharing and included in Christmas baskets for needy families in the county.

  • Three women kept busy decorating empty storefronts

    A growing subject in the talk around Vandalia has been the attractive, seasonal decorations in the empty storefronts along Gallatin Street the past few months. The next comment is often, Who is doing the decorating?

    Empty buildings in a downtown district with vacant storefront windows can lend a rather desolate and dismal appearance to the whole street, no matter how attractive the surrounding storefronts appear.

    Three community-spirited ladies recognized these detractions to downtown Vandalia and decided to do something about it.

  • County still in the black

    When it approved the county budget for the fiscal year that ended this month, the Fayette County Board was anticipating a positive balance of about $275,000.

    Board members were pleasantly surprised on Tuesday to find that the surplus was more than three times that estimate.

    In presenting the countys new budget in a hearing before Tuesdays board meeting, finance committee Chairman Lee Schaal said the $792,013 surplus at the end of this fiscal year like last year was the result of two things.