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  • County budget on hold

    The Fayette County Board is taking a little more time to finalize the county’s budget for the coming fiscal year, with plans to figure into that budget one less salary.
    At the recommendation of its finance committee, the board voted to reject the proposed budget presented at Thursday’s meeting.
    Board Chairman Steve Knebel said the committee recommended rejecting that budget because subsequent to the drafting of that budget, it learned that two employees in the county clerk’s office had resigned – Chief Deputy Kelly Taylor and Trudy Zimmerman.

  • Life Savers

    Two FAYCO employees received gift baskets on Thursday that appropriately included some Life Savers. Because that’s what Connie Hunley and Susan LaMonica were three days earlier – life savers.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Nov. 20

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. at Ramsey Grade School.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • County Board Action

    The Fayette County Board on Tuesday:
    • Approved the low bid of Old Capitol View Restaurant for food service at the county jail. The county will pay $6.79 per inmate under the contract.
    The county received two bids, the other coming from Miller’s Market in Ramsey.

  • Library again holds Food for Fines

    Evans Public Library is again sponsoring its annual Food for Fines program.
    Food for Fines allows people who have library fines to reduce them by donating non-perishable food items that are given to the local food bank.
    In these tough economic times, there is an even greater need for services like the Fayette County Food Pantry, which will receive the food collected from Food for Fines.
    The Fayette County Food Pantry, managed by C.E.F.S., is located at 517 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia and distributes the food to people in need.

  • State's Attorney Provides Body Cams for VPD

    Fayette County State's Attorney Joshua Morrison last week presented the Vandalia Police Department with 10 body cameras, which were purchased with funds obtained through forfeitures and seizures.

    The VPD earlier received two cameras through Morrison's grant program, meaning that all officers now have a camera. Above, from left, are Vandalia officer Rob Blackerby, Morrison, VPD Chief Jeff Ray and VPD Detective Jake Bowling.

  • VJHS, Community Help Greenville Family

    A large crowd turned out for the junior high basketball game between Vandalia and Greenville last Thursday evening at Vandalia Junior High School to support the Greenville family that lost its mother and three children in the car-train accident in Vandalia on the night of the Halloween parade.

  • FCH breaks ground for $5.5M project

    Turning over shovels full of dirt represented more than a celebration of a major improvement project at Fayette County Hospital, according to the hospital’s chief executive officer.

  • Ongoing support for veterans urged

    Like many others, Robyn Pontious would like to see Americans thank and support their veterans more than once a year.

  • One last look at 4-lane Route 51

    While residents had a final opportunity on Monday to view the chosen path for four-lane U.S. Route 51 through Vandalia, it will likely be a long, long time before they see construction begin.

    “The Illinois Department of Transportation thought, ‘OK, we’ve selected these preferred alternatives, let’s just meet with the public one more time so they can see what’s there,” said Jerry Payonk of Clark Dietz Engineers, one of the consulting firms working with IDOT on the Route 51 expansion.