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  • Pay structure OK'd for 4 county officers

    The two Fayette County officers who will likely be re-elected this November will get a slight pay increase.
    However, the two people who will be elected to the two other offices will be paid 7 percent less than those currently holding those posts.
    The salaries for those four county officer positions were set in a new pay schedule approved by the Fayette County Board last Thursday night.

  • Pool talks continue

    The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees will meet in special session next Tuesday to continue discussions on the district’s swimming pool.
    That meeting will be held at 4 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center.
    The board agreed to set the special meeting during its regular meeting last Thursday, as it continued to talk about its options with the pool.
    Those options include a comprehensive renovation of the existing structure or building a new pool.

  • Payroll struggles continue

    Faced with the possibility of not meeting payroll later this month, the Fayette County Board approved last Thursday another transfer of capital improvement funds.
    Board Chairman Steve Knebel said that the county had enough funds on hand to meet payroll the next day, but that it would have only about $20,000 left in the general fund after paying employees.
    County Treasurer Rose Hoover added, “But we still have other obligations.”

  • Soroptimist Awards Banquet

    Soroptimist International of Vandalia held its annual awards banquet on Friday evening at Days Inn, honoring a number of local women.

  • County board sets new pay schedule for 4 county officers

    After meeting in closed session for more than 90 minutes, the Fayette County Board approved a new salary schedule for the four county offices up for election this fall.

    That schedule includes four pay steps for the treasurer, county clerk, supervisor of assessments and sheriff, with the first step being a 7-percent reduction from the current salaries.

  • Museum art show is next week


  • Huntin' for Bargains

    The Ramsey Lions Club held its 53rd annual Ramsey Community Sale on Saturday, drawing hundreds of people from all over with thousands of consignment items.

    In the first photo, Ed Foley and Mark Siburt of Moweaqua look over a couple of old Ford tractors. In the second photo, Alva McDowell operates one of the auctioneering trucks on the Lions Park grounds for the sale.

  • Council OKs three roof repair projects


    Over the objection of one alderman, the Vandalia City Council approved repairs to roofs on three city buildings.

  • Lions' free hearing screening is next Friday


    Deafness has no respect of age, wealth or rank – it strikes people of all economic, social and age categories with equal frequency.

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    Evans Library’s Wee Read program


    Evans Public Library invites local youth to sign up for the library’s Wee Read program, “Dream Big, READ!”