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  • Council agrees to purchase fuel under contract

    The city of Vandalia will, for the first time, purchase fuel for city vehicles under contract, but the startup date for that contract has yet to be determined.
    Two weeks after South Central FS offered to sell gas and diesel to the city under contract, aldermen voted to accept that offer, but to let Mayor Rick Gottman decide when that practice will start.

  • Sheriff tells Fayette County Board about his aging fleet of vehicles with problems

    Fayette County’s sheriff told members of the county board on Tuesday that he is hoping to work with them on replacing a number of aging vehicles with high mileage in his fleet.

  • Briefs

    22/22 Challenge begins on Jan. 2

    With a 2012 study conducted by the Veterans Administration that shows that 22 veterans commit suicide each day, Northside Christian Church is inviting community members to join a national challenge at the Family YMCA of Fayette County.
    The challenge is to do 22 pushups each day for 22 days.

  • Route 51 wreck results in fatality

    A Dixon man sustained fatal injuries in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Route 51 south of Vandalia last Friday afternoon.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 20

    ✔ The story for the story time at the Vandalia Statehouse at 10 a.m. is "Lily's Victory Garden." After the story, local master naturalist Brad Brannon will give a demonstration, and children will plant their own seeds.
    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department hospice grief support group meets from 6-7 p.m. at the health department, 416 W. Edwards St., Vandalia. For more information, contact hospice coordinator Jami Lockart at 283-7262.

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  • Man removed from sentencing

    A Farina man was sentenced to prison last week for damage he allegedly caused while housed in the Fayette County Jail, but he wasn’t in the courtroom to hear the sentence.
    That’s because the sentencing judge ordered Darrel K. Moulton, 35, removed from the courtroom for his behavior.
    Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor sentenced Moulton to four years in prison last Tuesday, about two months after Moulton signed an open plea on a charge of criminal damage to government-supported property.

  • Program can pull criminal activity from electronics

    The Fayette County State’s Attorney’s Office will use bond money that the county received in a child pornography case to help in the investigation in that and other types of criminal offenses.
    The county board approved the $15,000 purchase of the computer program, which Assistant State’s Attorney Brenda Mathis explained is used “in the investigation and apprehension of individuals who have (illegal) things on their phones.”

  • Consultant to help county with finances

    Having discussed for some time possible ways to address its financial struggles, the Fayette County Board last week decided to bring in someone who pledged to make improvements.
    The board approved an agreement with Bloomington-based Bellwether LLC after Bruce DeLashmit laid out in writing how his firm can help the county’s financial standing.
    Board members approved that agreement one month after agreeing to have Bellwether perform a cost study on the operations of the county’s sheriff and county clerk offices.

  • City will enforce recycling fees

    Vandalia residents who continually choose not to include with their water bill payments the surcharges for recycling will face the same fate as all others who don’t pay the full amount – disconnection of their water service.
    That’s the direction given to City Clerk Peggy Bowen by the city council on Monday night.