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Local News

  • First Day of School
  • Bomb Technicians' Training

    All members of the Illinois Secretary of State bomb technicians and dog handlers were at Vandalia Elementary School and Vandalia Junior High School for training sessions late last week.

  • News Briefs

    Library now has Home School Group

    Evans Public Library in Vandalia now has a Home School Group.
    Home-schooling parents are invited to meet at the library to discuss home-schooling issues and other topics while their children socialize with each other and make a seasonal or holiday craft with the children's librarian.
    Meetings will be held twice a month from September to May, on the first and third Wednesday of each month, at 1 p.m., at the library.
    For more information, contact Shawna Sprague, children's librarian, at 282-2824.

  • Dedication held for Fayette County Museum's organ

    A dedication ceremony was held on Sunday for the organ that was recently moved to the upper floor of the Fayette County Museum.

  • Woman faces up to six years on DUI charge

    An Effingham woman who has been arrested in a number of states on a number of alcohol-related driving charges has agreed to a penalty of up to six years on her latest charge.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 14

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. in the Field of Dreams pavilion between the high school baseball diamonds.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • News Briefs

    Pet supplies accepted for library fines through Aug. 19

    In celebration of its summer reading program, “Paws to Read,” Evans Public Library will be accepting donations of pet supplies in place of fines or lost book charges.
    The library will collect donations through Aug. 19. All items will be donated to Second Chance Animal Rescue.
    For every item donated, $1 in fines or charges will be removed. New or gently used items accepted include blankets, rawhides, food bowls, treats, leashes and collars.

  • Food Bank in St. Elmo this Saturday morning

    The Central Illinois Food Bank will return to Fayette County on Saturday with the fourth food distribution of the year.
    This distribution will take place at the Pinnacle Foods parking lot at 10 a.m., rain or shine, and run until all food is distributed.
    Volunteers are asked to arrive between 9 and 9:30. Support for this Food Bank distribution is being provided in part by the St. Elmo Lions Club.

  • Young Fundraisers

    The children at Amy Pittenger's day care in Brownstown operated a lemonade stand last Tuesday to raise money for Second Chance Animal Rescue.

    The children raised $105 for Second Chance by selling passersby cool drinks and cookies. Above, from left to right, are 4-year-olds Ella Satterthwaite, Ariana Kistler and Addison Koonce. Also participating was Kinley Fitch.

  • County OKs fund transfer, warns of personnel cuts

    A month ago, Fayette County Board members turned down yet another fund transfer to meet payroll and other expenses, saying they needed to come up with an alternative way to deal with ongoing shortfalls.
    But, on Tuesday, they approved another $250,000 transfer from the capital improvement fund to meet August obligations, which has included three payrolls.
    One of the issues, board Chairman Steve Knebel pointed out prior to the transfer vote, is that they have recently learned that interfund loans must be paid back.