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  • 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.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, January 6

    ✔ 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.

    Friday, January 7

  • News Briefs

    Benefit for Clifford Ray is Sunday

    A benefit for Clifford Ray will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. this Sunday at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
    A longtime employee of the city of Vandalia and a member of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department for 23 years, Ray has been diagnosed with multiple brain tumors and has been traveling to the Barnes-Siteman Center in St. Louis five days a week for treatments. He was airlifted to Barnes Hospital on Sunday because of a blood clot, and underwent surgery on Tuesday for the clot.