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  • CEFS Elects Board Officers

    The CEFS Economic Opportunity Corp. Board of Directors recently elected officers for the fiscal year beginning on Sept. 1. In front, from left to right, are: Jean Finley of Ramsey, chairperson; and Amanda Watson of Beecher City, secretary. In back are: Joan Lawrence of Taylorville, first vice chairperson; Jesse James of Flora, second vice chairperson; and Pat Green of Effingham, treasurer.

  • SCIRPDC gets grant to help small businesses

    In an effort to combat the region's high unemployment rate, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has approved a loan of $300,000 and a $25,000 grant to the South Central Illinois Regional Planning and Development Commission: Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-19) has announced.
    "The loan will capitalize a Rural Microloan Revolving Fund accessible to rural small businesses, called microenterprises in this program," Shimkus said.
    "The grant will be used to provide technical assistance and training."

  • 'Seasons of Caring'

    Hospice care helps patients and families focus on living. This is the message that the Fayette County Health Department Hospice is sharing with the community during National Hospice/Palliative Care Month.
    However, this important message lasts beyond the month of November and is important year-round.
    Every November, hospices across the country reach out to raise awareness of the compassionate care that hospice and palliative care provides patients and families copmg with serious and life-limiting illness.

  • Veterans Day program is Thursday afternoon

    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 in Vandalia will hold its annual Veterans Day program at 1:30 p.m. at the Legion Home.
    The program will include the performance of patriotic songs by Mariann Timmermann, Jake Hathaway and Jerry Brugoto, and brief patriotic speeches by Jeff Bradley, Christina Pennington, Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman and LaTisha Paslay.
    Dale Timmermann will be the keynote speaker for the Veterans Day program.

  • Hollinshead tabbed for local Extension post

    As a result of the reorganization of University of Illinois Extension, the Fayette County office has a new director. But that new director is a familiar face in this county.
    Rachelle Hollinshead, who has served as the Extension community and economic development educator for the past two years for Fayette and Clay counties, is the director of the newly created unit that includes Fayette, Clay, Effingham and Jasper counties.

  • Family YMCA numbers up dramatically since June

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County has only been in its new facility for four months, but in that short period, it has seen memberships increase significantly.
    And it’s offering non-members two chances in the near future to experience those new facilities.
    The Family YMCA is offering a free workout day for all veterans this Thursday, and from 7-10 a.m. on Thanksgiving, the new YMCA facility will be open free of charge to the public.
    The Family YMCA began using its new 16,952-square-foot facility located off of Rock Island Avenue in Vandalia in July.

  • County's request for furlough days rejected

    As Fayette County struggles through trying financial times, it appears that at least one group representing county employees is not willing to make concessions.
    Last month, Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel said that the board was looking at furlough days for employees as it works through financial shortfalls.
    But Knebel said at Tuesday’s board meeting that at least one group representing county employees is not willing to take furlough days.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, November 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.
    ✔ Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia will hold a Veterans Day program at 1:30 p.m. at the Legion Home, 321 S. Seventh St., Vandalia.
    ✔ 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.

  • Community memorial services is Sunday at 1 p.m.

    The winter holidays are generally perceived as “the most wonderful time of the year.” But for those who are facing grief after the death of a loved one, the holidays may, instead, be a time filled with pain and sadness.
    Even those for whom grief is not as fresh, the holidays may serve as an annual reminder of the loss – not only of that person, but of tradition and celebration.
    Bereavement professionals working in hospice and palliative care understand how difficult this season can be.
    They support families coping with loss all year long.

  • 'Songs of the Civil War' is next Friday

    When you attend “Songs of the Civil War,” you may see a tall fellow with a slouch hat shading his eyes, with baggy pants and suspenders, and toting a guitar and banjo. Chances are you’ve run into Bob Welch.
    Welch performs songs of the Civil War period, singing and accompanying himself on guitar and banjo.
    “Songs of the Civil War – Lincoln and Liberty, Too” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12, at the Mother of Dolors Catholic Church Parish Hall, located at Seventh and St. Clair streets in Vandalia.