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  • Health department sets moving schedule

    The Fayette County Health Department has scheduled its move into its new home.
    The work on the department’s new office complex, located at 416 W. Johnson St. in Vandalia, is nearing completion, and department employees will begin moving into the former Leo Brown Lumber building at the end of this month.
    The FCHD home health and hospice departments, currently housed at 120 S. Fifth St. in Vandalia, will move into the new complex on Jan. 28.

  • Early Morning Fire

    A fire early last Thursday morning caused damage estimated at $30,000 to a house in Vandalia. Vandalia firefighters were called to 1806 W. Johnson St. shortly before 2:30 a.m. Firefighters contained a fire to a bedroom of the home, which is owned by Joseph Hicks and occupied by Ashley Hicks. No injuries were reported. Twenty-three firefighters responded to the call, and VVFD members were at the scene for about 95 minutes. The fire is still under investigation by the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

  • Miss Fayette County participating in state pageant

    The IAAF Convention will be held this Thursday through Sunday at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. At this convention, county fair officials can get ideas and book events for their 2011 fair.
    A big part of this convention is the Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant. Miss Fayette County Fair Queen Amy Pippin will compete for this title, along with 65 other contestants from throughout the state.

  • Ruling in St. Elmo candidacy case coming Friday

    A municipal electoral board in St. Elmo will rule Friday on whether two candidates for alderman seats will be allowed to stay on the April ballot.

    Larry Tish, St. Elmo's mayor and the chairman of the electoral board, made that announcement at the conclusion of a hearing on Wednesday evening that lasted about an hour.

    At issue are objections filed to nominating petitions filed by incumbent Aldermen Lloyd Carson and Jayson Porter.

  • Downhill Racer

    Jake Stewart and his brothers, Garret and Bailey, took advantage of the snow dumped on the area in Monday's winter storm by sledding down the hill east of Jefferson Primary School in Vandalia on Tuesday morning.

  • Two FutureGen meetings this week

    Two meetings are being held in Fayette County this week to educate local landowners, community leaders and business representatives about the proposed FutureGen 2.0 project.
    The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the clean coal repowering program and carbon dioxide (CO2) storage network will bring 900 jobs to downstate Illinois and another 1,000 to suppliers across the state.
    The first community assessment/informational meeting in Fayette County will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Phillips Building in St. Elmo.

  • City may have found $97,000 error in budget

    In the process of going through this year’s budget line item by line item, city officials have discovered what they believe might have been a significant error in budget preparation.
    If it’s determined that there is, in fact, an error, the city may be able to cut its budget deficit by close to 50 percent.

  • 'I object'

    A third attempt to determine whether two candidates for alderman in St. Elmo can remain on the ballot was scheduled for this Wednesday afternoon.
    The first hearing of a St. Elmo municipal electoral board, held last Tuesday evening, was brief, as the two candidates – Lloyd Carson and Jayson Porter – were given more time to challenge the objections filed on their nominating petitions.

  • County board meeting postponed

    The regular meeting of the Fayette County Board, scheduled for 7 o'clock tonight, has been postponed due to the weather.

    The meeting has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. next Tuesday.

  • St. Elmo electoral board hearing reset for Wednesday

    The continuation of the municipal electoral board in St. Elmo has now been rescheduled for 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

    St. Elmo officials announced shortly after 12:30 p.m. on Monday that the electoral board hearing has been changed from 7 p.m. on Monday. The hearing will be held at the Phillips Building. The change was made due to an attorney's scheduling conflict.