Local News

  • Celebrating the end of summer
  • Extension BBQ is Saturday

    The Fayette County Extension Foundation will hold a 4-H barbecue dinner from 4-7 p.m. this Saturday at Rogier Park in Vandalia.
    The menu will include a pork burger or butterfly pork chop, baked beans, chips, applesauce, homemade dessert and drink.  Tickets: 13 years of age and up, $7; and 5-12 years of age, $5; children under 5 eat free.
    In addition to the meal, a bounce house and horse-drawn carriage rides will be available.  A silent auction of various items will also be conducted.

  • Briefs

    September is library card signup month

    A library card grants access to books, e-books, computers, homework help, assistance with resumés and job searches, music, movies and more. In September, Evans Public Library will be waiving all lost card replacement fees, so it is a perfect time to update library cards.
    The library will also be giving out gift bags to the first 25 people who sign up for a new card.

    Crop survey, dinner are next Thursday

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 5

    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, September 7

  • Shimkus visits FAYCO

    The staff of FAYCO Enterprises hosted U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill., 19th District) last Wednesday, showing the congressmen work done by FAYCO clients in the sheltered workshop's facility on Sunset Drive in Vandalia.

    Above, FAYCO Marketing Coordinator Mike Sahr (far left) talks to Shimkus about the workshop. At far right is FAYCO Executive Director Kim Taylor.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Another of the postcards in Larry Emerick's collection features a different look for the Vandalia Statehouse.

    More photos, as well as information and comments from current and former residents, is available on the Vandalia Memories Facebook page that was started by Kathy Schultz of Vandalia.

  • Council OKs TIF grant

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Tuesday a grant for the owner of property that houses several businesses, and some aldermen are willing to increase the grant amount if a certain improvement is made to that property.
    Acting on the recommendation of the city’s TIF (Tax Increment Financing) Advisory Committee, the council approved an $8,500 grant to Vandalia Capitol LLC.

  • Auxiliary fills many needs at hospital

    Fayette County Hospital Auxiliary volunteer Beulah Brown noted in her report on Dec. 5, 2000, that she had been a volunteer of at least 16 years, and that she enjoyed the work because she felt the auxiliary volunteers helped where help was needed.

  • Lay will seek a third term as sheriff

    Fayette County’s sheriff for the past seven years has decided that he wants to seek a third term in office.

  • City rate hikes loom

    The city of Vandalia could be increasing its water and sewer rates for the coming year.
    If it chooses not to increase the rates this year, the city’s auditor says, it will likely be approving larger increases down the road.
    As part of the annual city audit, the Vandalia CPA firm of Timmermann & Co. Ltd. performs an analysis of the city’s water and sewer systems operations.
    That analysis includes comparing the number of gallons pumped at the city’s water plan with the number of gallons billed or otherwise accounted for.