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  • Mad Dog Donations

    The Mad Dog Motorcycle Club again presented a large donation of toys to Toys for Tots at Arthur Young Inc.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Dec. 18

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m
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    Friday, Dec. 19

  • Judge rules in Mabrys' favor; city won't appeal

    In ruling that a Vandalia ordinance governing a 1988 boat dock agreement is unconstitutional, a judge has ruled that that city law cannot prohibit Steve and Latisha Mabry from operating a restaurant on Vandalia Lake.

    Judge Michael McHaney granted a motion by the Mabrys' attorney, David Cates of Swansea, to declare that ordinance unconstitutional.

  • Briefs

    FCH Board meeting is on Dec. 16

    Due to the Christmas holiday observance, the regular monthly meeting of the Fayette County Hospital District Board will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16, in the FCH conference room.

    Monday is final day to give veterans gifts

    Next Monday is the final day to donate gifts for veterans through Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary.
    Gifts may be dropped off at Wehrle Brothers on Ill. Route 185 or Mid-State Camper Sales in Bluff City.

  • Election filing begins Monday

    The filing period for candidates who wish to take part in the April 7, 2015, Consolidated Election is Dec. 15-22.
    This election includes all municipalities, school boards, park districts, library districts and fire districts that elect representatives.
    All candidates with the exception of school board candidates are required to file petitions with their respective units of government.
    School board candidates are required to file petitions in the office of the county clerk.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Dec. 11

    ✔ 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 Fayette County Courthouse will be closed from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for the annual employees' Christmas party.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center.

  • Knebel, Beckman retained as county leaders

    With the Republicans maintaining majority control of the Fayette County Board, the board’s leadership remains unchanged for the next two years.

  • Posing Pooches

    Santa Paws, an annual event held by Diekemper Photography to raise money for Second Chance Animal Rescue, generated more than $900 for the rescue, along with some treats for rescue animals, on Sunday afternoon.

    In the first photo, Cindy Simmons of the Second Chance, tries to direct one of Sunday's models toward photographer Megan Diekemper. In the second photo, Diekemper reviews photos of one of more than 60 pets shot on Sunday.

  • Two events this weekend at Statehouse

    For the second year in a row, the Vandalia Statehouse is hosting two holiday events on one weekend.

  • Carryover keeps county in black

    A month after postponing action on a new budget, to allow for last-minute adjustments to the document, the Fayette County Board approved that budget.