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  • We must save both band director positions

    Editor:
    I am writing in support of the Vandalia Band program. I am a 1978 graduate of Vandalia High School and I was in band. Now, my nieces and nephew are in the program. I encourage community members to please support this valuable program in any way possible, and I encourage the school board to reconsider any plans to eliminate a band director.
    All sports are important, and for many students, band is their “sport.” Being in band requires continuous practice and commitment,  and a high level of teamwork among the students.

  • Ade-Harlow is new assistant state's attorney

    A couple of factors made the position of assistant state’s attorney attractive to Amanda Ade-Harlow.

  • More E911 addressing completed

    Fayette County’s Enhanced 911 coordinator announced this week that E911 addressing is progressing in county communities.
    Kevin Jenne said that St. Peter, Rural Route 1 Farina, RR 1 Patoka and Bingham addresses have been officially changed, and notification letters mailed.
    Jenne also said that addressing for residents in RR 2 Farina and RR 3 Altamont is completed, and those residents should be receiving letters within the next week.

  • County vote on liquor issue delayed

    The Fayette County Board’s plans to act Tuesday on a request for a liquor license had to be canceled at the last minute because of a message from Vandalia officials.
    When it came time to act on a liquor license request from Steve and Michael Mabry, county board Chairman Steve Knebel addressed a group of about 25 county residents who were on hand to speak out against that request.

  • One Last Battle

    The Brownstown High School cheerleaders perform a stunt as the Bombers starting lineup was introduced prior to Friday's home contest against St. Elmo.

    It was the final basketball game between the two basketball squads, as Brownstown and St. Elmo will have cooperative squads in all sports beginning with the next school year.

  • One Last Battle
  • Calendar

    Thursday, February 7

    ✔ 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, February 8

    ✔ "Liberty Road Band" will be performing from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Patoka Civic Center. Admission is $5. A potluck will be held.
    Saturday, February 9

  • Museum has Lincoln, Civil War displays in February

    Special exhibits in February at the Fayette County Museum are on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.
    Two hundred and sixty-five historical items were donated to the museum during 2012. Visitors coming from 42 states and seven foreign countries totaling 2,593 registered in the visitor book.
    Twenty-eight group tours were given in the museum. Two programs were taken to local organizations. An open house was held in April.
    The museum has one part-time employee, Patty Marler. Forty-two individuals donated 2,363 volunteer hours.

  • Council has little to act on Monday

    It took the Vandalia City Council only about 15 minutes to take care of pending matters on Monday night.
    Action taken during the brief meeting included the approval of repairs to a sewer grinder pump at Vandalia Correctional Center, at a cost of $16,566.61.
    The council also approved the $1,976 purchase of a truck hoist for a street department truck from BM Truck Equipment in Olney.
    Also approved were the minutes of the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustments meeting on Jan. 30 and the Jan. 21 meeting of the council’s water and sewer committee.

  • McCarter sets days for interactive visits

    Beginning next Thursday, state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) will begin using videoconferencing technology to help him stay in touch with constituents in the 54th Senate District.
    “The new virtual office hours are not a replacement for regular office hours at my Vandalia district office,” McCarter said.
    “Rather, they are an attempt to further increase communication with constituents across a geographically large district that time and distance might normally prohibit.”