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  • Vandalia hires city administrator

    A Northern Illinois man with more than 20 years of experience in government administration is Vandalia’s new city administrator.
    After meeting in closed session for about 30 minutes on Monday evening to discuss personnel matters, and several other issues, the Vandalia City Council unanimously approved the hiring of John A. McIntyre.
    McIntyre, who now lives in Orland Hills, fills the post that has been vacant since Jimmy Morani left in April to become the village administrator in New Baden.

  • South Central HS orientation is Tuesday

    South Central High School will hold its freshmen parent/student orientation at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdsay in the high school gym.

  • Glass recycling now available

    The Fayette County Recycling Committee has made glass recycling available.

    Glass will be accepted from 1-5 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Fayette County Soil & Water Conservation District, 301 S. Third St., Vandalia. The committee is continuing to accept electronic items for recycling on Wednesday afternoons at that location.

    The types of glass include brown, green and clear glass, including broken glass. Not accepted are home window glass, vehicle glass, dinnerware and ceramics.

  • Vandalia Main Street gains national accreditation

    Vandalia Main Street has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Trust Main Street Center.
    Each year, the National Trust and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs that have built strong revitalization organizations and demonstrate their ability in using the Main Street Four-Point Approach methodology for strengthening their local economy and protecting their historic buildings.

  • Work on FCHD property to begin on Thursday

    Work on the property housing the future quarters of the Fayette County Health Department is scheduled to begin this week, and the FCHD staff could be in its new home by the beginning of next year.
    FCHD Administrator Rhonda Andrews presented the Fayette County Board on Tuesday night with the results of two bid openings for the rehabilitation of the property in the 400 block of West Edwards Street in Vandalia that formerly housed Leo Brown Lumber.

  • Legislators, IDOT reps hear opposition to Route 51 bypass plan

    About 125 people crowded into Vandalia City Hall last Wednesday to let their political representatives know that they are not happy with the path of the U.S. Route 51 bypass proposed by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
    Though only one of the four invited state and federal politicians made the 90-minute meeting, each had representatives there. And they left the meeting with no doubt that the current bypass route – which goes through or near several north end neighborhoods – is not favored by local residents.

  • Vernon man arrested after fatal altercation is released from jail

    A Vernon man who was arrested after a physical altercation in rural Patoka on Sunday afternoon that resulted in the death of a Centralia man was released from custody on Monday.
    According to a press release from Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel, Ric D. Cline, 27, sustained stab wounds during that altercation and later was pronounced dead at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.

  • Teen now faces six major charges

    The Farina teen who was arrested last week for fatally shooting a Loogootee couple in their home now faces six felony charges.
    Clifford W. Baker was arrested shortly after he allegedly shot Mike Mahon and Deb Tish early last Wednesday morning and charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Four additional counts were added on Monday, during Baker’s first appearance in court with his court-appointed attorney, Fayette County Public Defender Ed Potter.

  • Man dies from injuries sustained in altercation

    A Fayette County man who was involved in an altercation in rural Patoka on Sunday died from injuries sustained in that fight.

    Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel said in a press release issued Monday morning that Ric Cline, 27, was pronounced dead at St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia on Sunday.

    Initial indications, Friedel said, are that Cline was the aggressor. "However, the investigation has not been completed, and no final decisions have been made regarding any possible charges in the future."

  • More charges filed against teen charged with murder

    Four additional charges were filed on Monday against a 15-year-old male arrested last week for the murder of a Loogootee couple in their home.

    At the arraignment hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court on Monday morning, Judge William Becker read the charges to Clifford W. Baker, who alleged murdered Mike Mahon and Deb Tish early last Wednesday morning.