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Local News

  • Fight to save VCC jobs continues

    With the scheduled layoff of more than 100 workers at Vandalia Correctional Center less than two weeks away, Vandalia’s mayor is continuing to fight that action.

    Rick Gottman said on Tuesday afternoon that he was planning to once again contact the staff of Gov. Pat Quinn the next morning.

    “I am continuing to stay in contact with the governor and his staff, to see what’s going on and if there is anything that can be done to prevent the loss of these local jobs,” Gottman said.

  • County supports KC's Veterans' Tribute

    Fayette County government has endorsed an effort to recognize this region’s veterans of the armed forces.

    The Fayette County Board last week approved a resolution supporting the plan for a Veterans’ Tribute on the main Kaskaskia College campus in Centralia.

    Kaskaskia College is being joined by various veterans’ organizations and individuals in a project calling for the construction of a monument honoring both veterans and individuals currently serving in this country’s armed forces.

  • VCHS Celebrates Homecoming
  • Fayette County Museum offering historical programs

    Local residents seeking a way to support the Fayette County Museum will be able to accomplish that and enjoy three historical programs at the same time.

    The series, titled “People You Know Or People You Wish You Had Known,” will kick off with the first program on Saturday, Sept. 19. That program will feature a speaker on “Presidential Wit & Humor.” It will include “notes, quotes and anecdotes on chief executives” by Robert Cook, an adjunct faculty member of the Southwestern Illinois College speakers’ bureau.

  • Downtown project still ahead of schedule

    Vandalia’s downtown enhancement project continues to progress ahead of schedule, and – weather permitting – much of the major work could be done by the end of this year.

    “I’d say that we’re every bit of three weeks (ahead of schedule),” Terry Fields of Hank’s Excavating said after Vandalia Main Street’s “Mornings on Main Street” meeting on Wednesday morning.

  • County approves two court filing fee increases

    Several years ago, the Fayette County board turned down a request from the circuit clerk to increase two filing fees collected by her office, saying that the monies generated by those fees were not being used.

    On Tuesday night, as another request was made by the new circuit clerk, the board found out why those increases are needed at this time.

    Board members unanimously approved increasing both the automation and document storage fees to $15 after Circuit Clerk Mary Sue Ruot told them about a mandate passed down by the Illinois Supreme Court.

  • Water, sewer rate hikes recommended

    One year after approving a small sewer rate increase and scaling back the recommended water rate increase, the Vandalia City Council has been asked to increase both rates again this year.

    In presenting the annual city audit, Dale Timmermann of Timmermann & Co. Ltd. recommended a 7.19-percent increase in water rates and a 2.19-percent hike in sewer rates.

    Those recommended increases mirror the percentage increases in water and sewer expenses over the past year, Timmermann said.

  • Study needed for Vandalia's river intake

    An engineering firm that the city of Vandalia hired two months ago to resolve problems with its raw water intake on the Kaskaskia River says it will need to do an additional study before formulating a recommendation.

    Jim Wells of Gonzalez Companies told the city council on Monday that its initial inspection of the intake was delayed by high river levels.

    Once the level of the river dropped, Wells said, the engineers found that up to half of a finger dyke near the intake had been washed away.

  • Vernon man pleads to federal meth charges

    A Vernon man has pleaded guilty in federal court to three methamphetamine charges.

    Conrad J. Wynn, 28, pleaded guilty last Thursday to conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, according to A. Courtney Cox, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

    Wynn also pleaded guilty to a count of possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and a count of possession of products, chemicals and materials for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine.

  • Bond set at $25,000 for two arrested for Brownstown burglaries.

    Bond has been set at $25,000 for two Brownstown men who are charged with breaking into six Brownstown businesses early last week.

    Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel last week filed felony burglary charges against Justin Michael Waterman and Gaige S. Jackson.