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  • Food, shelter meeting set

    Fayette County has been chosen to receive funding to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
    The selection was made by the national board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities and United Way of America.
    The local board is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the county.

  • Community Calendar-SEpt. 15, 2011

    Thursday, September 15

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.

  • VCC not one of state facilities targeted for closure

    The Vandalia Correctional Center is apparently not one of the state facilities that Gov. Pat Quinn has targeted for closure as part of his effort to cut state spending.

    According to a story on the State Journal-Register website, Quinn is proposing the closure of seven facilities:

    - Tinley Park Mental Health Center - 195 staff members

    - Singer Mental Health Center, Rockford - 150 staff members

    - Chester Mental Health Center - 464 staff members

    - Jacksonville Developmental Center - 420 staff members

  • Golden Circle Menus

    Thursday, Sept. 8 – Fried chicken, baked potato, lima beans, mandarin oranges and whole grain roll.
    Friday, Sept. 9 – Roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, tomatoes and zucchini, melon medley, peanut butter cookie and whole wheat bread.
    Monday, Sept. 12 – Swiss steak, scalloped potatoes, spinach, blushing pears, graham crackers and bread.
    Tuesday, Sept. 13 – Grilled chicken breast, roasted Rosemary potatoes, green beans, cinnamon applesauce, oatmeal cookie and whole grain bread.  

  • CMN Roadblock

    Mayor Rick Gottman, left, signed a proclamation declaring this Saturday as Children's Miracle Network Roadblock Day.

    With him is Cheryl Pollard, the local CMN coordinator. Funds raised for the CMN are used to treat children who are injured in accidents or suffering from a disease.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Sept 8, 2011

    • A 16-year-old California resident was arrested on Sept. 6 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Esteban A. Esparza, 32, El Paso, Texas, was arrested on Sept. 6 for failure to appear in Livingston County court on a traffic charge. Bond was $5,000.
    • Charles L. Coates, 41, East St. Louis, was arrested on Sept. 6 for failure to appear in court on a charge of aggravated battery. Bond was $5,000.

  • Community Calendar-Sept. 8, 2011

    Thursday, September 8

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Friday, September 9

  • Out of the Darkness Community Walk

    A large crowd turned out on Saturday morning for the Out of the Darkness Community Walk at Rogier Park in Vandalia. The walk was held to raise awareness of and funding for suicide prevention.

  • Museum tells of new exhibit, Sept. 18 program

    The special exhibit at the Fayette County Museum in September is “Civil War Letters, Pictures and Artifacts.
    The letters and photographs are from museum collections, and the artifacts are on loan from Fayette County history collectors Dale Reeves and Dave Marler.
    The museum welcomed 207 visitors in August, including the Corner Stone Seniors from Shiloh and a family group from Tinley Park.
    This month’s special event, in keeping with the Civil War theme, is on Sunday, Sept. 18, in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.

  • St. Elmo, Patoka celebrate arrival of fall

    St. Elmo and Patoka celebrated the arrival of fall with celebrations over the weekend. Patoka held its Fall Festival over the weekend, and the annual St. Elmo Labor Day Celebration was held on Sunday and Monday.

    In the first photo, 4-year-old Daden Anderson competes in the watermelon-eating contest on Monday afternoon in St. Elmo. In the other photo, Valerie Goodin and Zoey, her miniature yorkie, compete in the pet costume contest on Saturday afternoon in Patoka. More photos appear elsewhere on our website.