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  • 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.

  • Remembering Victims of 9/11

    Ray Karnes, left, and John McWhorter of the St. Elmo Fire Department conduct a memorial bell-tolling ceremony during the program held on Sunday by the St. Elmo Ministerial Alliance to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

    Other photos from the program are in a photo slide show to be added to our website this week.

  • County faced with big budget deficit

    As the time to finalize a budget for the upcoming fiscal year draws near, Fayette County Board members will be faced with some tough decisions.
    That’s the message that the chairman of the board, Steve Knebel, delivered to board members on Tuesday evening.
    “Right now, we’re looking at $639,000-plus the wrong way,” Knebel said, talking about the deficit with the new budget at this point in time.
    “It’s ugly, real ugly,” Knebel said.

  • 'Very unfair & a bit cruel'

    Though local officials have since learned that Vandalia Correctional Center is not on Gov. Pat Quinn’s short list of state facilities targeted for closure, State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) said at last Wednesday’s monthly meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce that the governor’s tactics of naming those facilities is “very unfair and a bit cruel” to employees and their families.

  • City makes a big dent in deficit

    The city of Vandalia’s latest audit shows a budget deficit, but one that’s considerably smaller than the start of that budget year.
    In fact, the local CPA whose firm performed the audit called that deficit “good news.”
    It’s good news, Dale Timmermann said, when you put the deficit in perspective.
     “When you started out (in April 2010), I think the budget deficit was about $600,000,” Timmermann said.

  • Food, shelter meeting set

    Fayette County has been chosen to receive funding to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
    The selection was made by the national board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities and United Way of America.
    The local board is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the county.

  • Community Calendar-SEpt. 15, 2011

    Thursday, September 15

    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.