Letters to the Editor – Santa by Fire Truck

Below is the first letter to the editor announcing the change, and the second is a resident’s letter in response to the change. Our understanding of the decision is that it was made in response to complaints from residents in areas outside the traditional Santa by Fire Truck neighborhoods that the social club should not…

Blotter

October 15, 2018 12:48- 4300 block of Edgewater: Squad assist. 15:50- 1100 block of Sweetbriar: Warrant arrest. 18:42- 900 block of Jefferson: Fraud complaint. 20:44- Liberty: Traffic stop resulting in an Possession of Marijuana citation.   October 16, 2018 14:30- 300 block of Niagara: Minor 2 vehicle accident. 15:04- 5700 block of Liberty: Fraud complaint.…

Marketing director says schools have story to tell

By Candace Barczyk The Vermilion Local School District and its students have something to say, and according to Marketing/Communications Director Jason Sockel, his job at the district is to get that message out. Supt. Phil Pempin introduced Sockel, who was hired several months ago in the new position for the board of education, at its…

Ordinance No. 2018 – Mobile Food Services

Below is the full draft of the proposed ordinance regarding food trucks in Vermilion. It was made clear during the Monday, September 24, city council legislative committee meeting that this is a rough draft and that any part of this ordinance may be changed or eliminated. The discussion on this draft will continue at the Monday, October 1,…

If you ever wondered about Vermilion’s cannons…

By Rich Tarrant The photograph accompanying the column this week was taken by a young man named John Bernard “Bernie” Gribble during the summer of 1941.  Gribble was 16 years old at the time. Although I have no concrete evidence to prove it, the photo was very likely taken by the young man in an…

Looking at two snapshots capturing moments of change in Vermilion

By: Rich Tarrant In 1927 a 38-year-old Methodist minister named Earl Thompson English arrived in Vermilion with his wife Zella and their children Jean and her brother Robert. It was, incidentally, the very year Vermilion’s Methodist church, which had experienced a significant decline in active membership, had merged its congregation with the town’s First Congregational…

Police Beat

July 24th, 2017 0109 – Sanford Street: Report of a suspicious male in the area who may be attempting to enter cars.  The suspect was located and identified but no vehicles were observed to have been entered.  The male was taken home and released. 1546 – 1100 block of Adams Street: Report of a disturbance…