Local News

  • A second pipeline project to get going

    The Dakota Access Pipeline Project continues to finalize its construction plans and secure the necessary land easements in preparation to begin construction of the 1,168-mile crude oil pipeline.

  • Term limits a key issue for McCarter

    Kyle McCarter is pretty confident that he could be re-elected to the Illinois Senate in 2018. But he’s already said that he will not run for that seat again in two years.

  • Delay in primary ballot certification likely

    Fayette County Clerk Vicky L. Conder announced late last week that ongoing objections to several presidential candidates are not anticipated to be resolved by the State Board of Elections in time for ballots to be prepared and voting tabulators to be programmed for the opening of by mail and early voting on February 4.

  • Voting aid for elderly, disabled available

    Under the federal Voting Accessibility for Elderly and Handicapped Act, assistance  for the elderly and disabled voters is available through the Fayette County Clerk-Election Authority’s Office.
    Public notice is further given of the availability of registration and voting aids under the Federal Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act, of the availability of assistance in marking the ballot, procedures for voting by absentee ballot and procedures for voting early by personal appearance.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Jan. 28

    ✔ 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.

  • Clay named VCHS football coach

    Though he will continue to walk the sideline at Vandalia Vandals varsity football games, Jason Clay will now be doing so in a different capacity.

  • Smith reinstates chief deputy post

    The new budget passed by the Fayette County Board on Friday includes the reinstatement of the chief deputy position in the sheriff’s office, and Sheriff Chris Smith has appointed a long-time officer in that department to the post.

  • Fire on Tuesday damages home

    A Vandalia home sustained significant damage from a fire on Tuesday evening.

  • Carryover keeps county in black

    The Fayette County Board approved on Friday night a budget that has its general fund in the black at the end of the new fiscal year. But it’s again using carryover funds to make that happen.
    In a 12-1 vote, the board approved a budget with a general fund that has revenues totaling $4,736,535 and expenditures totaling $4,865,238.
    Board Chairman Jeff Beckman said that the county is adding $128,703 in carryover funds from the last fiscal year to the new revenues figure, giving the county a total of $4,865,238 in revenues.

  • County changes language for two positions

    At its regular meeting last Tuesday, the Fayette County Board approved language changes for the positions of chief deputy and jail administrator in the contract with the Fraternal Order of Police.
    Under the resolution approved by the board, “classification seniority shall cease to accumulate for the period during which any employee holds the chief deputy or jail administrator position.”