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  • Museum has two exhibits in June

    The special Fayette County Museum exhibits for June are wooden tools and wedding memories.
    In May, the museum welcomed 390 visitors. Group tours included Vandalia seventh grade, Vandalia Junior High special education, Ramsey Grade School second grade, Altamont Lutheran second grade, Mrs. Culbertson’s Vandalia fourth grade, Kinmundy Elementary third grade, Effingham Sacred Heart third grade and Herrick Elementary fourth, fifth and sixth grades.

  • Library's summer reading program is under way

    Evans Public Library and McDonald’s of Vandalia announced that this year's summer reading program theme is "A Midsummer Knight's READ.”
    Signup has begun for both the children and teen programs, which are for students entering kindergarten through high school.
    The children's program requires reading five books for each prize level, up to 25 books. If they continue to read more books, there is a box with special prizes that they can choose.
    McDonald’s will furnish a food or drink coupon for every five books, up to 25 books.

  • Fayette County Relay for Life
  • First three Idol finalists are picked on Saturday

    The first three finalists have been chosen for the “Vandalia Idol” contest sponsored by Soroptimist International of Vandalia.

  • Tools for School fundraising under way

    Tools for School, a program for Fayette County in need students to select school supplies is beginning its work for 2011 with a fundraising campaign.
    Last year, nearly 700 school children, kindergarten through high school, were served by the Tools for School program.
    Monetary donations received from businesses, churches, organizations and individuals are used to purchase notebooks, paper, pens, crayons and other supplies noted on the Fayette County School supply lists.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, June 9

    ✔ The Summer Lunches for Kids program is under way. The lunches are available from 11-11:30 a.m. every Monday and Thursday through Aug. 18 at the American Legion Home and in Rogier Park in Vandalia, at the township building in Shobonier and at the township garage in Vera.
    ✔ 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.

  • Bennyhoff gets three years in prison for aggravated DUI

    A rural Farina man who served a prison sentence for a drunk-driving wreck in 1995 that killed two people was sent back to prison last week for another drunk-driving conviction.
    Rocky Bennyhoff, 56, was given a three-year prison term through a plea agreement approved by Judge Allan Lolie of Shelbyville last Wednesday in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    Bennyhoff pleaded guilty to aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and Lolie agreed to delay the start of the prison term until Sept. 1.

  • Make your pet our Pet of the Week

    Make your pet our Pet of the Week. Go to the Pet of the Week on our homepage, click on the More button, then click on Nominate Your Pet.

  • Murder trial stays here

    After initially appearing to lean toward moving Clifford Baker’s murder trial to another county, the judge in that case has decided it will stay in Fayette County.
    One day after taking under advisement a renewed motion by Baker’s attorneys to move the trial for the Loogootee teen, Judge Michael McHaney denied that motion.
    Baker is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly fatally shooting Mike Mahon, 60, and Deb Tish, 53, in their Loogootee home in the early morning hours of Aug. 4, 2010.

  • Main Street is being dissolved

    Vandalia and its downtown business district will lose a big supporter at the end of this month.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s Vandalia City Council meeting that the Vandalia Main Street Program would be dissolved.
    The mayor said on Tuesday that the particulars related to the dissolution of the organization – including what happens with property owned by Vandalia Main Street – are currently being worked on.