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  • CEFS honors Rohlfingsmeier

    C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation recently showcased its 46th year of accomplishments demonstrating the fact that community action helps people and changes lives.
    During the 2011 annual meeting, some special people were recognized for overcoming obstacles in obtaining or maintaining self-sufficiency.
    According to C.E.F.S. Chief Executive Officer Paul White, “This past year, our programs and services truly made a real difference in the lives of residents of the community.”

  • CEFS accepting IHEAP applications

    The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation is now accepting applications for the 2012 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
    September and October are priority months reserved for those households that have either a member aged 60 and above or disabled. Appointments can be made by contacting the local C.E.F.S. County Outreach offices.
    Households that have children under the age of 5 may make appointments beginning on Oct. 3. Proof of age will be required.

  • K of C MH Days

    Mayor Rick Gottman, right, has signed a proclamation declaring this Friday and Saturday as Knights of Columbus MH Days in Vandalia.

    On Friday and Saturday, members of the Knights of Columbus will be handing out Tootsie Rolls and accepting donations for programs that benefit mentally handicapped children in Fayette County, including Special Olympics, FAYCO Enterprises activiteis and EMH/TMH activities at local schools. With Gottman is Mike Sahr, the MH chairman for the Fayette County Knights of Columbus.

  • SEHS Remembers Victims of 9/11

    The student council at St. Elmo Junior-Senior High marked the 10-year anniversary on the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks by creating a sign with styrofoam cups on the west side of the school.

  • Willow Grove gives update on CO2 storage

    Fayette County is on the forefront in the nation’s move toward clean coal. Willow Grove Carbon Solutions, the nation’s leading carbon dioxide storage project development company, is developing a carbon dioxide storage project in the Loudon area, roughly between St. Elmo and Beecher City.
    Why Is It Happening in Fayette County?
    Fayette County is one of the best places in the entire country to store carbon dioxide. A large geological formation, known as the Loudon anticline, covers some 25,000 acres of northeastern Fayette County.

  • News Briefs

    EIU band at Vandals' game on Friday

    The Eastern Illinois University marching band, which includes two recent Vandalia Community High School graduates, will perform at the Vandals' varsity football game this Friday.
    Maggie Childers, who plays the mellophone, and Alexa Campbell, who plays the trumpet, will be a part of the EIU Marching Panthers' pregame performance. The EIU band will sit with the VCHS band until halftime, then perform two songs with the band at halftime.

  • Remembering Victims of 9/11

    Ray Karnes, left, and John McWhorter of the St. Elmo Fire Department conduct a memorial bell-tolling ceremony during the program held on Sunday by the St. Elmo Ministerial Alliance to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

    Other photos from the program are in a photo slide show to be added to our website this week.

  • County faced with big budget deficit

    As the time to finalize a budget for the upcoming fiscal year draws near, Fayette County Board members will be faced with some tough decisions.
    That’s the message that the chairman of the board, Steve Knebel, delivered to board members on Tuesday evening.
    “Right now, we’re looking at $639,000-plus the wrong way,” Knebel said, talking about the deficit with the new budget at this point in time.
    “It’s ugly, real ugly,” Knebel said.

  • 'Very unfair & a bit cruel'

    Though local officials have since learned that Vandalia Correctional Center is not on Gov. Pat Quinn’s short list of state facilities targeted for closure, State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) said at last Wednesday’s monthly meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce that the governor’s tactics of naming those facilities is “very unfair and a bit cruel” to employees and their families.

  • City makes a big dent in deficit

    The city of Vandalia’s latest audit shows a budget deficit, but one that’s considerably smaller than the start of that budget year.
    In fact, the local CPA whose firm performed the audit called that deficit “good news.”
    It’s good news, Dale Timmermann said, when you put the deficit in perspective.
     “When you started out (in April 2010), I think the budget deficit was about $600,000,” Timmermann said.