Local News

  • Council OKs four TIF agreements


    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday funding assistance for improvements to three businesses and for the enhancement of Internet service to the city’s west side.

    The council approved Tax Increment Financing agreements with:

  • Route 51 project on to next step


    As the deadline for public comments nears, the Illinois Department of Transportation is preparing to select the routes for four-lane expansion of U.S. Route 51 through this area.


    The agency held informal public meetings in Ramsey, Vandalia and Patoka last week in order to receive comments from area residents on the proposed route alternatives in the three communities, and it will continue taking comments through April 21.

  • County board meeting is next Thursday

    The Fayette County Board will meet at 7 p.m. next Thursday, not Tuesday, as reported in this week's issue.

    The meeting date was changed because township annual meetings are on the first Tuesday in April.

    At Thursday's meeting, the board will:

    • Approve the resignation of District 1 board member A.J. Loy Staff.

    • Discuss a possible budget amendment to cover payroll and Workers' Compensation audit.

    • Discuss possible changes to salaries of elected officials.

  • FCHD celebrates Public Health Week

    Every year in the United States, seven out of 10 deaths are due to preventable chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
    In fact, chronic diseases account for 75 percent of the national health care spending, yet only 3 percent of the country’s health care dollars go toward prevention.
    In Fayette County, many residents are living with a costly and potentially life-threatening chronic illness. But there are steps that can be taken to help turn these statistics around.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 3

    ✔ 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.

  • McHaney is new 4th Circuit chief judge

    Michael D. McHaney was recently elected as chief judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit.

  • Business Expo is next Saturday

    The local chapter of a business networking organization will be sponsoring a business expo at Vandalia Elementary School gymnasium on Saturday, April 12.
    The expo, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include booths prepared by members of BNI Network Masters from Vandalia and Greenville.
    Admission is free. Members of the Vandalia Community High School FFA chapter will provide food and beverages.

  • Heart health series next week at KC Vandalia

    Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious disability.
    The University of Illinois Extension office, in partnership with Kaskaskia College, will offer a two-part series, “Healthy Heart,” at Kaskaskia College’s Vandalia Campus next Monday and Wednesday, from 1-3 p.m.
    This two-part series focuses on increasing participant awareness of the risk factors of CHD – hypertension, high blood pressure and cholesterol, and other warning signs.

  • Schwarm sworn in as an appellate court judge


    Family members and close friends were present as Fayette County’s resident circuit judge for the past 20 years moved up in the state’s judicial process on Monday.


  • Taking pride in their community


    St. Peter is a community that has a tradition of being clean and attractive, and a group of its residents continually work to make sure it stays that way.


    Community Pride, a village support group that was formed about five years ago, takes on projects that otherwise may not be done.

    Steve Hoover, who heads up that beautification committee, said that that’s exactly why the group was formed.