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Local News

  • Only eight attend electric aggregation meeting

    A public meeting to educate Vandalia and Fayette County residents about an April 9 referendum that promises to lower their electrical rates drew very little interest.

  • 'A Night of Music' changed to Tuesday
  • County Board hears Extension, 4-H presentations

    The Fayette County Board last Tuesday heard a presentation on the University of Extension and the Fayette County 4-H program.

  • Working on a history book

    The Fayette County Genealogical and Historical Society (FCGHS) is hard at work compiling information for the publication of a history of Fayette County.
    The book will include family histories, plus histories of the county, communities, churches, schools and organizations.
    Book history will start at about 1800 and continue through to the present.
    “The family histories will be written by families with Fayette County connections. This will set it apart from books written by one individual,” said Judy Brazle, book committee chairperson.

  • 100th Anniversary

    In 1913, there was a Home Study Circle and Woman’s Club in Vandalia, among other clubs.

  • Council approves TIF grant, lake club lease

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday a grant to help fund the renovation of a long-time business and a new lease with the Vandalia Shrine Club.
    The council approved a Tax Increment Financing grant of up to $15,000 to Dennis Young for improvements to Arthur Young Inc., a longtime Chevrolet dealer in Vandalia.
    Young told the city’s TIF Advisory Committee at its March 8 meeting that originally, General Motors wanted him to make renovations totaling about $600,000.

  • County expects to vote on liquor license

    The Fayette County Board chairman alerted board members last week that they will likely be voting on the issuance of a liquor license at their April meeting.
    At the February meeting, the board was scheduled to vote on an application from Steve and Latisha Mabry, who plan to open a restaurant on Ill. Route 185 on the east side of Vandalia Lake.

  • News Briefs

    Extension Foundation dinner is April 7

    The Fayette County Extension Foundation will hold a spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, at the Brownstown Elementary School cafeteria.
    The meal will include spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, breadsticks, homemade dessert and drink. Tickets for 13 years of age and up are $7 each, and tickets for children ages 5-12 years of age are $4 each; children under 5 eat free.

  • Vandalia Idol finale is Saturday

    With both nights of preliminary competition complete, eight finalists prepare to compete this Saturday for a $250 cash award and the honor of being the Vandalia Idol for the third season.
    The second-place winner in each division of the Idol competition, sponsored by Soroptimist International of Vandalia, will receive $100.
    The competition, held at First Baptist Church in Vandalia, begins at 6 p.m.
    The public is invited to attend, and admission is $3 per person.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 21

    ✔ 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.