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  • Genealogical Society to publish family history book

    The Fayette County Genealogical Society (FCGHS) has voted to sponsor the writing and publishing of a book length history of Fayette County families.
    The primary content of the book will be family histories.
    Each Fayette County family will be asked to write a historical sketch not to exceed 500 words. This sketch and one photo will be published free.
    Additional text will be charged at 15 cents per word and photos will cost $15 each.
    The book will also include a general county history.

  • New automation program at Evans Library

    Over the next few weeks, Evans Public Library will be undergoing some significant changes.
    On July 1 of last year, the four automated library consortia in Illinois Heartland Library System –  eICat, GateNet, LINC and SilNet – merged to form SHARE (Sharing Heartland’s Available Resources Equally).
    SHARE encompasses 427 libraries throughout the southern half of Illinois.
    On April 9, SHARE will go live with a new automation platform known as Polaris.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Patricia L. Langley, 48, Effingham, was arrested on Feb. 25 for failure to appear in court on an ordinance violation charge. Bond was $100, and she was released on a personal recognizance bond.
    • Mitchell R. Dunigan, 21, Nokomis, was arrested on Feb. 25 on charges of home invasion, mob action and criminal trespass to a residence. No bond information was listed.
    • Todd L. Parke, 38, RR 3, Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 25 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $1,500.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, February 28

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus, 2310 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia.

  • News Briefs

    Library starts adult reading program

    Evans Public Library in Vandalia will be holding an adult reading program through April 6.
    The program is open to individuals age 18 or older, and prizes will be given for every three books that are read.
    The names of all participants will be put into a drawing for a Walmart gift card, and a prize will be given for the most books read.
    The books, audio books or e-books must be checked out from Evans Public Library. Individuals may sign up at the library.

  • Enbridge explains plans for pipeline at open house on Tuesday

    A company that plans to lay a pipeline through the center of Fayette County came to Vandalia on Tuesday to explain those plans.

  • Rutherford considering run for governor

    During Dan Rutherford’s recent visit to Vandalia, it was intimated that he would be a gubernatorial candidate in 2014.

  • FCHD offering another Life Smart class

    Due the overwhelming response to its Life Smart class, the Fayette County Health Department is offering an additional class.
    The class, for women age 65 and above, encourages healthy choices for a better quality of life.
    The new class will meet from 9-10 a.m., beginning on Feb. 25.
    The free, 10-week educational program is led by registered nurse Cindy Hof.
    Space in the class is limited, and pre-registration is required. To register, contact Julie Opfer at the health department, 283-1044.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Isac L. Fancher, 35, rural Edgewood, was arrested on Feb. 19 on an Effingham County warrant for a charge of aggravated batter.y Bond was $75,000.
    • Brandon E. Durre, 21, Altamont, was arrested on Feb. 17 for failure to appear in court on a charge of reckless driving. Bond was $1,500.
    • Jody L. Richards, 46, 922 W. Tower St., Vandalia, and Steven F. Stokes, 29, 1500 N. Sixth St., Vandalia, were arrested on charges of methamphetamine, meth precursor or anhydrous ammonia trafficking and possession of cannabis. Bond for each was $25,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, February 21

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-6 p.m. at the American Legion Home in St. Peter.
    ✔ Midland States Bank, located at 1611 Veterans Ave., will host a Vandalia Chamber of Commerce business after-hours from 5-7 p.m. It will include cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Those planning to attend are asked to call 283-7035 by this Thursday.