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  • Building for today & tomorrow

    The Ramsey School District is one step closer to moving students out of modular buildings and into a permanent structure as it makes a significant improvement to its facilities.

  • Agenda for Monday's school board meeting
  • County will transfer more funds for payroll

    Two months into its new fiscal year, Fayette County has been able to avoid dipping into its capital improvement fund to make payroll. But that streak will end.
    “Again, the news is not good,” county board Chairman Steve Knebel said about the county’s finances.
    “We are at the borrowing stage two months into the (fiscal) year,” he said, noting that the county will likely be transferring money from the capital improvement fund in the near future.

  • FCHD offering free program for women

    The Fayette County Health Department is offering a free, 10-week educational program designed for women 18 and older to encourage healthy choices for a better quality of life.
    The classes will be led by registered nurse Cindy Hof and will be held at the Fayette County Health Department, 416 W. Edwards St. in Vandalia from 6-7 p.m. each Monday evening from Jan. 28-April 8.
    Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

  • Calendar

    Wednesday, January 9

    ✔ The Vandalia Eagles Aerie and Auxiliary will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Vandalia Eagles Club. At this meeting, auxiliary members will be voting on new bylaws; members are encouraged to attend and vote.
    Thursday, January 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.

  • Four-wheelers on dam, panhandlers discussed

    When an alderman brought up a recurring problem at Vandalia Lake at Monday’s city council meeting, the city’s legal counsel suggested one possible way of addressing that problem.
    Alderman Jerry Swarm said that when he and his wife went out to the lake area recently, he noticed four-wheelers tracks on the lake dam hillside.
    Swarm asked what the city could do to address this issue, because driving vehicles on that hillside compromises the integrity of the dam.

  • Road Ranger not buying Travel Center

    Road Ranger has dropped its plans to purchase the FS Travel Center on Vandalia’s west side.
    Byron Sikma, South Central FS chief operating officer, confirmed on Monday that FS had recently received a letter from the company stating that it was not moving forward with the purchase.
    Sikma said that Road Ranger gave no specific reason for that decision, stating simply that it was backing out of the purchase “due to certain events.”

  • Electric bill issue on ballots

    One day after the Vandalia City Council voted to put an electric aggregation on the April 9 consolidated election ballot, the Fayette County Board did the same.
    The city council voted on Monday to both put the issue on the ballot and approve an agreement with Good Energy for professional energy consulting services.
    Good Energy representative Steve Bryant made a presentation to the city council at its Dec. 17 meeting, and to the county board on Tuesday night.

  • NEW: Economist article follows up on 'The Talk In Vandalia'

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    The view from Vandalia

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  • News Briefs

    Museum program is on Sunday, Jan. 13

    The third of the Fayette County Museum's Season of Events will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13, in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    Dennis A. Stroughmatt of Albion will play traditional music on the fiddle and relate the French history in Illinois and Missouri. This lively medley of music, language, stories and culture – once secreted away in the Missouri Ozarks and other Midwestern French river towns – now has a voice in the modern world.