Local News

  • 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.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Nov. 13

    ✔ 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 will meet at 4 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Vandalia Lions Club Halloween Parade winners

    Class A – First, Mascoutah High School; second, Teutopolis High School; and third, Greenville High School.
    Class B – First, Ramsey High School; second, Altamont High School; and third, Altamont Junior High.
    Best overall color guard/flags – Mascoutah.
    Best overall drum major/majorette – Ramsey High School.
    • First, Ponderosa, KFC/Taco Bell, Ramada Inn Award – Bright Beginnings Preschool/Childcare, $300.

  • Vendors accepted for wedding show

    The first annual Central Illinois Wedding Show will be held on Sunday, Jan. 4, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at two locations: Carriage House Event Center in Altamont, owned and operated by Janet Ramsey, and Summer Breeze Wine House and Barn Venue in St. James, owned and operated by Tammy Lash.
    Each venue, in years past, has had its own successful wedding show. This year, Lash approached Ramsey with this idea to combine shows by having the bride attend both venues.

  • Briefs

    County board meets next Thursday

    Due to the observance of Veterans Day on Tuesday, the Fayette County Board will meet next Thursday evening.
    The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the large courtroom at the Fayette County Courthouse.

    Brownstown Backpack event is Nov. 15

    A 5K run./walk to benefit the backpack food program at Brownstown Elementary School will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15.