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  • 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.

  • VES Holiday Event

    Brylee Conway gets help from her aunt, Shelby Manuel, while drafting a Letter to Santa at the VES Winter Wonderland.

  • Contest Benefits Caring & Sharing

    The Fayette County Sheriff's Office held a No-Shave November Contest, with employees who wished to grow facial hair picking a local charity and collecting donations.

    All of the money raised went to the charity of the employee collecting the most money. Hans Christian, right, collected $1,722, which meant that all of the money raised by the department, $2,219, when to Christian's charity, Fayette County Caring & Sharing. Above, from left, are retiring sheriff Aaron L. Lay, Caring and Sharing volunteer Michelle Johnson Kelly and Christian.

  • Issuing the Oath

    Fayette County's new sheriff, Chris Smith, issues the oath of office to all of his deputies during a training session on Tuesday in the basement of the county jail.

  • Taking the Oath
  • Filer named to public works post

    An employee of Vandalia’s public works department for more than two decades has been chosen to head up that department.