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  • Second annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk held

    Area residents joined together at Rogier Park on Saturday to participate in an “Out of Darkness Community Walk.”

  • Hollow-een

    Happy Hollow Farms, located south of St. Elmo, held its annual Fall Festival Weekend on Saturday and Sundy, offering a variety of activites for area families.

    In the first photo, 5-year-old Lanie Spangenberg struggles to hold onto the pumpkin she chose for her family. In the second photo, 4-year-old Evan Warren enjoys playing in the sand box filled with corn. In the third photo, Alex Aderman of the St. James 4-H club, stirs the chili that the club was serving at Happy Hollow Farms' Fall Festival Weekend.

  • Chancey explains IARDC reprimand 20 years ago

    The Democratic candidate for state’s attorney in Fayette County doesn’t hesitate to talk about being reprimanded by the state’s disciplinary commission more than two decades ago.
    In fact, Matt Chancey has been explaining why he was reprimanded – and why he risked losing his license to practice law – to people in Fayette County for some time.
    And, he said, he would again risk disciplinary action in such a situation.

  • County looks into deep cuts

    The Fayette County Board is in the final stages of preparing a budget for the next fiscal year, and the board chairman said the proposed budget includes “some pretty hard cuts.”
    Chairman Steve Knebel said that the new budget has cuts totaling about $300,000, with the majority of those cuts in the sheriff’s office.
    Included in the spending reductions proposed at this time is the elimination of the chief deputy position.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, October 11

    ✔ 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 2-7 p.m. in the cafeteria at Brownstown Elementary School.

  • Community Garden Harvest Festival is Saturday

    Vandalia's Little Community Garden will hold its annual Harvest Festival from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. this Saturday.
    Items to be available include fall decorations and crafts, MbBling jewelry and crafts, handmade soaps, artwork by Lynn Reznick and Lorraine White, Nori Pruitt's homemade pies, fresh and dried herbs, vegetables, pickled beets, jellies and jams, pumpkins and gourds, and fresh flowers.
    The garden is located on West Randolph Street, between Randolph House and the Old State Burial Ground.
     

  • Police urge residents to lock vehicles

    Three months after encouraging residents to lock their vehicles at all times, the Vandalia Police Department is repeating that message.
    Chief Larry Eason reported on Monday that that past weekend, his department handled five reports of thefts from vehicles, as well as two more theft attempts.
    This comes after the VPD handled nine similar cases over a 13-day period in July.
    Eason emphasized that in all cases over this past weekend, none of the vehicles were locked. There were no report of vehicle break-ins or attempted break-ins, he said.

  • MGFPD sets two informational meetings

    The Mulberry Grove Fire Protection District will hold two public meetings in the near future to inform area residents about its plans to expand its boundaries.
    The informational meetings scheduled are:
    • Saturday, Oct. 13 – Bethel Baptist Church, 5 p.m.,
    • Saturday, Oct. 20 – Bear Grove Township building in Hagarstown, 5 p.m.
    Mulberry Grove Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar said the district began the process of expanding its boundaries about being requested to do so by people living in rural areas.

  • Long-time Crossing Guard Honored

    The city of Vandalia on Monday honored Linda England, who has served as a school crossing guard for 16 years.

    England recently resigned due to health reasons. Presenting England, center, with a plaque at Monday's city council meeting were Police Chief Larry Eason, left, and Mayor Ricky Gottman.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 4

    ✔ The Alternative Education Programs will hold parent-teacher conferences from 3-6 p.m. All students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m.
    ✔ 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, October 5