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  • ABATE Food & Toy Run

    The Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE recently continued its tradition of collecting food and toys for those who wil need them at Christmas.

    This year, ABATE members caravaned three vans full of food and toys to Coffeen Free Methodist Church. The food will be used to restock the Coffeen Food Pantry, and the toys will be delivered among four Coffeen churches.

    Photo Courtesy of Journal-News

  • Holiday Chorus

    Youth from St. Elmo Christian Church are joined by several adults in singing holiday tunes during "Christmas in St. Elmo on Friday night.

  • Toys for Tots at Arthur Young Inc.

    Arthur Young Inc., the local Chevrolet dealership, is again serving as the home for the Toys for Tots program, which provides Christmas gifts for needy young children in the area.

    New and like-new toys are being received at the dealership through early Monday morning. Shown here are Angie and Dennis Young of Arthur Young Inc.

  • FAYCO to hold ceremony at its new recycling center

    FAYCO Enterprises will celebrate more than 36 years of service to the community, as well as the opening of its new recycling center and new residential facility, with an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony next Wednesday morning.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, December 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.
    Friday, December 7

  • Holiday Open House at Statehouse

    The Christmas Open House at the Vandalia Statehouse is this Saturday, from 4-6:30 p.m.

  • TIF grant OK'd for former Jr. Food Mart

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday two TIF grants, including one for the rehabilitation of a building at a major intersection in the city.

  • Merkley's request to withdraw guilty plea denied

    A Brownstown man who pleaded guilty in October to a felony sex crime was unsuccessful in his bid to withdraw that plea.
    At the conclusion of a hearing Friday, Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm denied Lloyd W. Merkley’s request for a new trial on a charge of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.
    Merkley, 62, agreed to accept a 10-year prison sentence for the Class X felony in signing a plea agreement Oct. 30.

  • Taking the Oath

    Those who were elected to Fayette County offices were sworn into office on Monday morning by Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm, chief judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit.

    Taking the oath of office in the photo in the first photo is Joshua Morrison, who was elected state's attorney at the general election. In the second photo is Kathy Emerick, who was elected to the circuit clerk's post.

  • FCHD observes hospice and home care month

    Hospice
    Hospice care is considered the model for quality compassionate care for people facing a terminal illness. Hospice provides expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes.