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  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 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.
    ✔ State Rep. John Cavaletto (R-Salem) will hold office hours from 1-3 p.m. at the Vandalia Statehouse. No appointments are necessary.

  • Church Briefs

    Sunrise service, breakfast set at Northside

    Northside Christian Church will be holding a sunrise service this Sunday, beginning at 6:30 a.m. It will be held outside, weather permitting.
    Immediately following the service, a free breakfast will be served by the men of the church. The regular service will be at 9 a.m.

    St. James, Zion to hold sunrise services

    An Easter sunrise service will be held at St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday.

  • Ten split top prize at YMCA Grand Raffle

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County held its annual Grand Raffle on Saturday evening at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.

  • YMCA plans Healthy Kids Day

    On Saturday, April 27, the Family YMCA of Fayette County is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day with a free community event that encourages kids throughout Fayette County to get moving and learning, and families to live healthier.

  • Weathering the Storm

    Humans weren't the only ones impacted by Sunday's unusual snowstorm.

    Wildlife also had to endure the 10-12 inches of heavy, wet snow that fell in the Fayette County area. Shown above is a male cardinal. In the picture below, a pair of mourning doves puff up their feathers and hunker down as the snow falls around them. Temperatures are predicted to be in the 50s by the weekend, so the late-season snow won't last long.

  • Last Blast of Winter

    The biggest snowfall of the year, up to 12 inches in some areas of Fayette County, created both fun and work.

    First photo-between sledding trips on Monday, Becky Lambert enjoyed snowball fights with sons Ryan and Riley. Second photo-Darin Brown shoveled a driveway to help a neighbor. Third photo-Ted Miller of the city of Vandalia's public works department, pours another load of salt onto his truck before making the rounds on Sunday afternoon.
     

  • Mayoral forum is Thursday

     A little less than two weeks before the consolidated election, Vandalia’s mayoral candidates will present their platform at the Vandalia Statehouse.
    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce is hosting a candidate’s forum set for 6:30 p.m. this Thursday.
    The forum will feature only two candidates – incumbent Vandalia Mayor Ricky Gottman and challenger Brian Stout.
    Gottman is completing a third term in office, after having served as a city alderman.

  • Only eight attend electric aggregation meeting

    A public meeting to educate Vandalia and Fayette County residents about an April 9 referendum that promises to lower their electrical rates drew very little interest.

  • 'A Night of Music' changed to Tuesday
  • County Board hears Extension, 4-H presentations

    The Fayette County Board last Tuesday heard a presentation on the University of Extension and the Fayette County 4-H program.