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  • Pool staff still raising funds

    A Vandalia Park District commissioner for more than 15 years has resigned after serving as the park board president for a little more than a year.
    In the middle of last Thursday’s park board meeting, Chuck Hutson presented other commissioners with copies of his resignation letter.
    “I feel that it’s time for me to go,” Hutson said. “I’ve got other priorities I want to tend to.”

  • National 4-H Week is observed this week

    More than 6 million young people across the country will be celebrating National 4-H Week, which takes place annually during the first full week of October.
    Fayette County 4-H leverages National 4-H Week to celebrate the great things that the 4-H youth development program offers young people and highlights the incredible 4-H young people who each day work to a make a positive impact on their community.

  • Happy Hollow's Fall Festival
  • News Briefs

    Pool staff to operate haunted house

    The staff of the Vandalia Municipal Swimming Pool will operate a haunted house at the former Washington School, with the proceeds going toward pool rehabilitation work.
    The haunted house will be open:
    • Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19 – 7-11 p.m.
    • Thursday, Oct. 24 – After the Vandalia Lions Club's Halloween parade, until 10:30 p.m.
    • Friday Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 25 _ 7-11 p.m.

  • Museum hosts author Sunday

    The Fayette County Museum is continuing the “Meet the Author” series with a presentation at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the museum.
    Yvonne Scherer Meckfessel is the author of “Pickle Pots, Stupid Hats and Other Stories.” These stories are of family life in the early 1900s.
    This book is a reminder that our pioneer ancestors are heroes. The true heroes are revealed in those pioneers as their stories of day-to-day life are told.

  • Bird in Vandalia tests positive for West Nile

    The Fayette County Health Department recently collected and submitted a dead bird (Blue Jay) to the University of Illinois Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, and this bird tested positive for West Nile Virus.
    West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Common West Nile virus symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 10

    ✔ 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 will meet at 4 p.m. at Vandalia Airport.
    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will host a PACK gathering at 5:30 p.m. Children are invited to go to the library and read with DarnFar Ranch's specially trained therapy dogs. Registration is required; call the libary, 283-2824.

  • Jordan fuNFest raises $17,000+
  • Willy's asks for liquor license to have state gaming devices

    The owner of a Vandalia business is asking for a liquor license even though he’s not interested in selling beer and wine.
    That’s because in order to have gaming machines at this business, Will Baldock is required by the state to have a liquor license.
    Baldock filed a request for a beer and wine license for Willy’s Drive-In after an official with the state’s gaming commission told him that he meets all requirements for gaming devices except possession of such a license.

  • County drops benefit change offer

    A proposal to replace a couple of benefits for the county’s non-union employees with a pay increase was killed after representatives of that group voiced their opposition.
    The Fayette County Board’s insurance and personnel committee announced last month that it would be proposing that dental and vision coverage for non-union employees be replaced with a pay hike of 25 cents an hour.