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  • FCHD observes hospice and home care month

    Hospice
    Hospice care is considered the model for quality compassionate care for people facing a terminal illness. Hospice provides expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Michael D. Gottfried, 51, El Paso, Texas, was arrested on Nov. 27 for driving 106 mph in a 55-mph zone. Bond was $2,000.
    • Crystal L. Snider, 29, RR 3, Vandalia, was arrested on Nov. 26 on charges of driving while her license is suspended or revoked and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $1,500.
    • Guadalupe Quintanilla, 35, Homestead, Fla., was arrested on Nov. 25 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and speeding. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, November 29

  • News Briefs

    Relay for Life event participants sought

    Organizers of an event to benefit Fayette County Relay for Life are looking for participants for the event.
    Local crafters, woodworkers, jewelry makers, artists, quilters, pottery makers, toy collectors and makers of various handmade items are being invited to set up booths for the event, to be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday at the Vandalia Eagles Club.
    The event will include various concessions, a 50/50 drawing and silent auction.

  • Holiday activities set for the weekend

    The holiday season kicks into high gear in Fayette County this weekend with a number of activities.
    Christmas in St. Elmo
    St. Elmo’s annual holiday event on Friday evening gets under way with the lighting of the city Christmas tree at Fourth and Main streets at 6 p.m.
    The evening includes music, carriage rides, food and a gift certificate drawing, and Santa will be available for photos.
    Breakfast with Santa
    Soroptimist International of Vandalia bring back a popular holiday event this Saturday morning.

  • AFSCME local holds picket at VCC

    A week after Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn chose not to sign a new contract with the union representing the majority of state workers, local members of that union were expressing their displeasure with the governor.

  • City still talking with partners on water pact

    Vandalia officials are continuing to work on an agreement with a local partnership that is offering to the city a third water source.
    Mayor Rick Gottman, members of the city council’s water and sewer committee, and city Water Plant Superintendent Marty Huskey met again last Monday with Walt Barenfanger and Jeff Beckman.

  • Farina man guilty of sex crimes

    It took a Fayette County jury less than 30 minutes on Tuesday to convict a Farina man of sex offenses.
    Ryan E. Mulvaney, 35, was found guilty of four aggravated criminal sexual abuse at the completion of a two-day jury trial.
    The trial began with jury selection on Monday morning and ended early Tuesday afternoon with closing arguments by Fayette County Assistant State’s Attorney Matt Chancey and Mulvaney’s attorney, Bryan Kibler of Effingham.

  • News Briefs

    Relay for Life event participants sought

    Organizers of an event to benefit Fayette County Relay for Life are looking for participants to the event.
    Local crafters, woodworkers, jewelry makers, artists, quilters, pottery makers, toy collectors and makers of various handmade items are being invited to set up booths for the event, to be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Vandalia Eagles Club.
    The event will include various concessions, a 50/50 drawing and silent auction.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, November 22

    THANKSGIVING
    ✔ The Vandalia Ministerial Alliance will hold its sixth annual Community Thanksgiving Meal at the American Legion Home in Vandalia, with serving from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. There is no charge, and reservations are not required.
    Saturday, November 24

    ✔ The Vandalia Moose Lodge will hold its annual pancake and sausage breakfast from 6 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Moose Lodge. The cost for the all-you-can eat meal is $5 per person. Carry-outs will be available.