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  • Effingham man arrested for attempted bank robbery

    An Effingham man is in the custody of federal authorities after allegedly attempting the armed robbery of a Fayette County bank late last week.

  • Calendar

    Friday, December 21

    ✔ 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.

    Monday, December 24

    CHRISTMAS EVE

    Tuesday, December 25

    CHRISTMAS

    Friday, December 28

    ✔ 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.

  • FFFCH 30th anniversary

    By Paul "Whitey" Willms

    In 1988, a charitable organization to be called Friends and Families of Fayette County Hospital and Long Term Care was established.

  • City OKs hike in pension levy

    After considerably more discussion, and hearing from two residents, the Vandalia City Council on Monday approved the increase in the police pension fund levy that it supported two weeks ago.
    In a 5-2 vote, the council approved an increase in the police pension fund levy of 10.87 percent, which will generate $379,216.
    That increase was one of three presented to the council by the city’s auditor, Dale Timmermann of Timmermann & Co. Ltd. of Vandalia.

  • A voice for Southern Illinois at the state's education table

    After considerable time being a part of the effort to improve school funding in Illinois, Vandalia’s superintendent of schools is now part of the team that will be advising the state’s new governor on educational policy.

  • Letters to Santa

    Mrs. Philpot’s Third Grade
    Dear Santa,
    Hi, Santa, my name is Aubrey. I am 9 and I live in Illinois. Do you like cookies? Is it cold at the North Pole? I love the doll house because it was big. My behavior has been good. I am good to my friends. And I am good to my teacher. I want an elf on the shelf.
    Your friend,
    Aubrey Beal

    Dear Santa,

  • Two arrested on felony heroin charges

    Two individuals were arrested in Fayette County last Wednesday on felony drug charges, including possession of a large amount of heroin.
    Omar E. Lastra, 24, of El Monte, Calif., and Anais Rivera-Olivas, 24, of Los Lunas, N.M, have been charged with controlled substance trafficking, with information alleging that they brought into Illinois 1,150 grams of heroin.
    That charge is a Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, December 13

    ✔ Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 and Unit 95 Auxiliary will hold their annual Christmas party for members and families at 6 p.m. The men will provide meat and women are providing side dishes and desssert.

    Friday, December 14

    ✔ 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.

    Saturday, December 15

  • Cross sent to prison on bank fraud charges

    Alfred L. Cross, 75, of Kinmundy, was sentenced to 78 months in prison on his federal conviction on five counts of bank fraud, Steven D. Weinhoeft, United States attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, said on Tuesday.
    The evidence presented in court established that Cross defrauded seven Southern Illinois banks out of more than $500,000.
    Cross pleaded guilty to the charges in the indictment on March 16. Facts presented at the plea hearing established that Cross opened checking accounts at the following banks: Bradford

  • Statehouse Holiday Event