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  • Use a strategic approach to fight off weeds

    (ARA) - Every garden is filled with them: millions of unseen weeds. They are dormant seeds that lurk just below the soil surface, ready to spring to life with just the briefest exposure to light.
    Weeds can choke a garden, robbing it of space, nutrients and water. Allowing weeds to mature compounds the problem, as they are naturally prolific seed producers.
    They grow aggressively and can be tough to get rid of, because pulling weeds brings more weed seeds to the surface.
    The good news is that seeds can also be key to winning the war on garden weeds.

  • Some tips for a healthy, attractive lawn

    (ARA) - Grass is an extraordinary plant, the unsung hero of backyards everywhere. With proper care and feeding, grass can help clean the air, cool the ground, reduce erosion and provide one of the softest outdoor play surfaces. With all of these amazing benefits, it pays to start the spring season off right by giving grass a boost.
    The drought and heat of last summer, combined with uncharacteristic winter temperatures in many regions, may have taken a toll on the lawn, but getting it back on the road to recovery is easy.

  • Eggs-citing weekend

    Easter weekend featured a variety of activities in Fayette County.

  • LaDage named assistant regional superintendent

    The new assistant regional superintendent of schools for this area is a familiar face to educators in Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties, and especially to those in Vandalia.

  • Child batterer gets 11 1/2 years in prison

    A Vandalia man has agreed to serve 11½ years in prison for the aggravated battery of a child.
    Jason A. Eller, 34, 1320 W. Madison St., entered an Alford plea to the offense in front of Judge Allan Lolie Jr. in Fayette County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
    In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit to committing the crime, but does admit that the prosecution could likely prove the charge.
    Aggravated battery of a child is a Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

  • NEW: LaDage named assistant regional superintendent

    A former Vandalia School District teacher and administrator is the new assistant regional superintendent of schools for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties.

    Regional Superintendent of Schools Julie Wollerman announced on Wednesday afternoon that she had chosen Bill LaDage as her assistant.

    LaDage, who has been working for the Regional Office of Education for more than 10 years, will begin work in his new position on April 16.

  • Museum Open House

    Phil Shroyer (right), a member of the Historical Vandalia Inc. Board of Directors, explains to Todd McKellar the planned improvements for the old Presbyterian Church, which serves as the home of the Fayette County Museum and Artworks Gallery.

    An open house was held at the building on Sunday as part of Historical Vandalia's efforts to raise funds for new wiring, insulation, lights and fans.

  • Museum Visitors

    Betty and John David Greer, center and right, were among the visitors to the open house at the Fayette County Museum on Sunday afternoon.
    Steve Durbin, left, of the Historical Vandalia Inc. Board of Directors explained what has been done to the old Presbyterian Church, and what will be done in the future. John David Greer remembered going to Sunday school in the building as a child.

  • Friedel won't seek re-election

    The fact that Stephen Friedel waited until after the primary election to announce whether he would seek re-election is evidence that it’s been a hard decision to him to make.

  • Group OKs Fourth Street plans

    A recommendation was finalized on Monday for streetscape improvements on two blocks of South Fourth Street.
    That meeting also included a brief report regarding one alderman’s proposal for diagonal parking along Gallatin Street.
    Joining city officials in forming the recommendation for improvements to the one-block areas north and south of Gallatin Street were business and building owners in those blocks.