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  • City Honors Blackerby for service to DARE Program

    Mayor Rick Gottman, left, and Police Chief Larry Eason, right, represented the city in recognizing Vandalia Police Department officer Rob Blackerby for his nine years of service as the city's DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer. The city recently decided to discontinue the DARE program as part of its spending cutbacks.

  • News Briefs

    Wilkerson family benefit is Sunday
     A benefit for the Brad Wilkerson family will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Vandalia Moose Lodge. Brad and Angela (Donder) Wilkerson and their children lost their home and possessions in a fire recently.
    The benefit will include music by "Substance" and multiple gun raffles. A meal will be available, with the cost being $7 for adults and $4 for children age 10 and under; children under 5 will be served free of charge.

  • Adermann steps down as VVFD chief

    Merle Adermann, chief of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department since October 1992, has stepped down from the department's top position.

    Adermann, who was in his 37th year, as a VVFD member, retired from the department's at the VVFD's business meeting on Wednesday.

    First Assistant Chief Ed Taylor, who is in his 32nd year on the department, is the acting chief.

  • Special museum program is this Sunday

    The special exhibit at the Fayette County Museum in September is “Civil War Letters, Pictures and Artifacts.
    The letters and photographs are from museum collections, and the artifacts are on loan from Fayette County history collectors Dale Reeves and Dave Marler.
    The museum welcomed 207 visitors in August, including the Corner Stone Seniors from Shiloh and a family group from Tinley Park.
    This month’s special event, in keeping with the Civil War theme, is on Sunday in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.

  • CEFS honors Rohlfingsmeier

    C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation recently showcased its 46th year of accomplishments demonstrating the fact that community action helps people and changes lives.
    During the 2011 annual meeting, some special people were recognized for overcoming obstacles in obtaining or maintaining self-sufficiency.
    According to C.E.F.S. Chief Executive Officer Paul White, “This past year, our programs and services truly made a real difference in the lives of residents of the community.”

  • CEFS accepting IHEAP applications

    The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation is now accepting applications for the 2012 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
    September and October are priority months reserved for those households that have either a member aged 60 and above or disabled. Appointments can be made by contacting the local C.E.F.S. County Outreach offices.
    Households that have children under the age of 5 may make appointments beginning on Oct. 3. Proof of age will be required.

  • K of C MH Days

    Mayor Rick Gottman, right, has signed a proclamation declaring this Friday and Saturday as Knights of Columbus MH Days in Vandalia.

    On Friday and Saturday, members of the Knights of Columbus will be handing out Tootsie Rolls and accepting donations for programs that benefit mentally handicapped children in Fayette County, including Special Olympics, FAYCO Enterprises activiteis and EMH/TMH activities at local schools. With Gottman is Mike Sahr, the MH chairman for the Fayette County Knights of Columbus.

  • SEHS Remembers Victims of 9/11

    The student council at St. Elmo Junior-Senior High marked the 10-year anniversary on the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks by creating a sign with styrofoam cups on the west side of the school.

  • Willow Grove gives update on CO2 storage

    Fayette County is on the forefront in the nation’s move toward clean coal. Willow Grove Carbon Solutions, the nation’s leading carbon dioxide storage project development company, is developing a carbon dioxide storage project in the Loudon area, roughly between St. Elmo and Beecher City.
    Why Is It Happening in Fayette County?
    Fayette County is one of the best places in the entire country to store carbon dioxide. A large geological formation, known as the Loudon anticline, covers some 25,000 acres of northeastern Fayette County.

  • News Briefs

    EIU band at Vandals' game on Friday

    The Eastern Illinois University marching band, which includes two recent Vandalia Community High School graduates, will perform at the Vandals' varsity football game this Friday.
    Maggie Childers, who plays the mellophone, and Alexa Campbell, who plays the trumpet, will be a part of the EIU Marching Panthers' pregame performance. The EIU band will sit with the VCHS band until halftime, then perform two songs with the band at halftime.