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Today's News

  • Tools for School schedule

    Tools for School, a program that provides free school supplies for in-need students in Fayette County, will be in operation at First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia under the following schedule:
    • Wednesday, Aug. 14 – 9 a.m.7 p.m.
    • Thursday, Aug. 15 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Friday, Aug. 16 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Saturday, Aug. 17 – 9 a.m.-noon.
    The program is for students in kindergarten through junior college from Brownstown, Farina, Ramsey, St. Elmo, St. Peter and Vandalia.

  • Painting for Kids at KC

    The Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus recently held a Painting for Kids class through the college’s Kids in Kollege at Kaskaskia (KICK) program.

  • NWTF Donates to NWTF

    At its banquet on Saturday at the Vandalia Moose Lodge, the OKAW Valley Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation presented a check for $670 to Brownstown Elementary School.

  • Brownstown Registration

    Registration for Brownstown School District students will be held from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, in the elementary school cafeteria.
    Registration fees are as follows:
    • Grades K-6 – $95.
    • Grades 7-12 – $120.
    • Okaw Vocational – $7.
    • Driver education – $50.
    • P.E. uniform – $17.
    • Dual credit – biology II-$111.60; and strategies for success-$41.85.

  • Patoka Registration

    Registration for students in the Patoka School District will be held as follows:
    • Grades K-8 – 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Monday, July 29, and noon-6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30.
    • Grades 9-12 – 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31.
    The district office will be closed from noon-1 p.m. on all three days.
    Fees:
    • Grades K-6 – $45 book fee and $15 lab fee.
    • Grades 7-12 – $50 book fee and $20 lab fee.
    • Athletic fee – $20, with a family limit of $50.

  • St. Elmo Registration

    Registration for St. Elmo schools will be held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, and Friday, Aug. 2.
    The seventh grade orientation and registration, for all seventh-graders and their parents, will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the cafeteria at the junior-senior high school.
    All students, including those new to the district and district students who attend classes in Vandalia, should register on Aug. 1 or 2.

  • Vandalia Registration

    Registration for students in the Vandalia School District will be held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6, and from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Vandalia Junior High School.
    Each building will have registration packets of forms for parents to print, fill out and bring with them to registration, in order to expedite their children’s registration.
    For those who have Internet access, registration forms are available at www.vcs.fayette.k12.il.us.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Jose Paxtain-Perez, 29, RR 2, Ramsey, was arrested on July 23 on a charge of driving without a license. Bond was $1,500.
    • Donald W. Britton, 51, Effingham, was arrested on July 22 on a charge of resisting or obstructing a peace officer, and on warrants from Fayette, Richland, Marion and Edwards counties. No bond amount was listed.
    • Edward L. Stief, 30, Effingham, was arrested on July 22 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and driving without taillights. Bond is $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 25

    ✔ 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.
    Friday, July 26

  • Vandalia Memories

    This week's photo from Vandalia Memories is an aerial photo of the southwest corner of the intersection of Veterans Avenue (U.S. Route 40) and Sunset Drive.

    This and other photos, and comments that include information about the photos, are online at Vandalia Memories, a Facebook page started in June 2010 by Kathy Schultz of Vandalia.