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  • 'I object'

    A third attempt to determine whether two candidates for alderman in St. Elmo can remain on the ballot was scheduled for this Wednesday afternoon.
    The first hearing of a St. Elmo municipal electoral board, held last Tuesday evening, was brief, as the two candidates – Lloyd Carson and Jayson Porter – were given more time to challenge the objections filed on their nominating petitions.

  • County board meeting postponed

    The regular meeting of the Fayette County Board, scheduled for 7 o'clock tonight, has been postponed due to the weather.

    The meeting has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. next Tuesday.

  • St. Elmo electoral board hearing reset for Wednesday

    The continuation of the municipal electoral board in St. Elmo has now been rescheduled for 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

    St. Elmo officials announced shortly after 12:30 p.m. on Monday that the electoral board hearing has been changed from 7 p.m. on Monday. The hearing will be held at the Phillips Building. The change was made due to an attorney's scheduling conflict.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, January 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.

    Friday, January 7

  • News Briefs

    Benefit for Clifford Ray is Sunday

    A benefit for Clifford Ray will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. this Sunday at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
    A longtime employee of the city of Vandalia and a member of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department for 23 years, Ray has been diagnosed with multiple brain tumors and has been traveling to the Barnes-Siteman Center in St. Louis five days a week for treatments. He was airlifted to Barnes Hospital on Sunday because of a blood clot, and underwent surgery on Tuesday for the clot.

  • Main Street cuts executive director position

    As they continued to make plans for discussing more budget cuts, Vandalia officials learned that an organization it formerly supported financially had made a significant cut itself.
    Alderman Jerry Swarm read a letter at Monday’s city council meeting in which the current president of the Vandalia Main Street Executive Board announced that the board had cut the organization’s executive director position.

  • Two St. Elmo aldermen fight to stay on the ballot

    Two St. Elmo aldermen who wish to be re-elected this spring will find out Friday evening whether they will actually be on the ballot.
    A hearing of the city’s municipal election board was set for Tuesday evening on objections to nominating petitions filed by Jayson Porter and Lloyd Carson.
    However, that hearing was postponed until 6 p.m. on Friday, a time and date requested by an attorney representing the two aldermen.

  • SWCD selling trees again

    The Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District is again holding a tree sale.
    The district has ordered large quantities of trees to sell, and available during this year’s sale are white pine, Norway spruce, blue spruce, red oak and white dogwood trees.
    White pine and Norway spruce trees make good windbreaks; they both grow relatively fast and have a fairly good survival rate.
    The blue spruce tree, which grows a little slower, is a good ornamental tree, and the red oak is a slow-growing hardwood tree good for shade.

  • News Briefs

    Benefit for Clifford Ray is on Jan. 9

    A benefit for Clifford Ray will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 9 at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
    A longtime employee of the city of Vandalia and a member of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department for more than 25 years, Ray has been diagnosed with multiple brain tumors and is currently traveling to the Barnes-Siteman Center in St. Louis five days a week for treatments.
    The benefit will include a spaghetti dinner with all of the sides, a live auction and a silent auction.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, December 30

    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.

    Friday, December 31

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