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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.

  • Insurance agency makes emergency app available

    McKellar, Robertson, McCarty and Click Insurance LTD has invested back into the community in order to promote the saving of lives.
    “We recognized a very unique opportunity to assist our local first responders through an ingenious marketing initiative that could help save lives,” the partners of the agency said in a press release.
    The insurance agency asks that you download the Vital ICE (In Case of Emergency) app from either the Apple App Store or Google Play for your smart phone and enter in their code: #4200.

  • SWCD selling new plat books

    The new 2017 Fayette County Plat Book is now available from the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District.
    The new plat book, published by Rockford Map Publishers, accurately displays parcel boundaries, acreage data, roadways, waterways, railways, section lines, municipal boundaries and recreational areas, and includes an index to landowners.
    A 3D aerial map lies opposite each township parcel map, and is useful in providing a quick gauge to the use of a particular parcel.

  • School board candidates run unopposed

    CONNIE GOLDSMITH
    Age: 46
    Occupation: Licensed clinical professional counselor

  • Missouri man arrested for soliciting child

    Bond has been set at $250,000 for a Missouri man who has been charged with felony offenses alleging attempted criminal sexual abuse of a child.

  • Nokomis man guilty on two felony charges

    A Nokomis man was convicted on two of three felony charges at the completion of a two-day jury trial in Fayette County Circuit Court.

  • Gottman unopposed for fifth term, Bowen for sixth

    MAYOR
    RICKY J. GOTTMAN
    Age: 56
    Occupation: Director of Facilities and Support Services of Fayette County Hospital (39 years), mayor of the city of Vandalia (16 years) and chief deputy coroner of Fayette County (25 years)

  • Few contests in next Tuesday's election

    Many Fayette County voters will not have many decisions to make when they go to the polls next Tuesday. One exception is in Vandalia Township.
    In that township, there are 12 candidates running for six township positions.
    The Republican incumbent supervisor, Bev Daniels, is being challenged by Democrat Jackie (Cearlock) Willis, and the Republican incumbent clerk, Boyd Ledbetter, is being challenged by Democrat Barb Mitchell.