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  • Weldon will accept up to 30 years

    Knowing that he will not be in prison for more than 30 years, a Vandalia man who allegedly committed a number of crimes over a two-day period in December has pleaded guilty to nine charges.
    Kenneth J. Weldon, 30, signed an open plea of guilty to nine charges last Wednesday as Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel stipulated that he would not seek a prison term of more than 30 years.

  • River intake progress

    The city of Vandalia is hopefully moving closer to a solution with its raw water intake on the Kaskaskia River.
    Alderman Terry Beesley announced at last week’s city council meeting that a representative of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers looked the intake over during a visit on Thursday, July 12.
    “He says, just by looking at it, it should work,” Beesley said, with many present for the meeting laughing at that comment.
    “Right now,” Beesley said, “it does work.”

  • A welcome addition to the Avenue of Flags

    Growing up in Vandalia, Linda Welch saw the American flags lining the roadways in Fairlawn Cemetery. But, back then, she didn’t know the significance of those flags.

  • Fair features fun, fun & more fun
  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 19

    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, July 21

    ✔ Hillsboro's 17th annual Olde Tyme Tractor Show will be held on Saturday and Sunday at Lake Hillsboro Park.

  • New Vandalia School District budget far from final

    Though Vandalia school officials have a budget on display for the public to review, that document is far from final.
    The problem, Superintendent Rich Well said Tuesday night, is that too many state funding issues are still up in the air.
    “It’s a living document until we get more information from the state about funding,” Well said. “There are several big-number questions, and it’s all going to change.”

  • Public asked to help find drug plants

    The Southeastern Illinois Drug Task Force (SEIDTF), based in Effingham, is asking for assistance from the public in identifying possible illegal cannabis plant grow operations.

  • Auditor is 'concerned' about 2 county funds

    The auditor for Fayette County told county board members last Thursday that he was “concerned,” but not alarmed, about a couple of county funds after completing his annual review.
    Rod Croxford of Croxford and Co. of Alton told board members that the audit showed the county’s net cash assets dropping by about $400,000, and its investments decreasing by about $500,000.
    “It’s not alarming trend, but they do concern me a little bit,” Croxford said.
    The decrease in investments, he said, is “just the economy.”

  • Holding on Tight

    Fayette County resident Chandler Durbin holds on tight while competing in the rodeo offered by C-Bar Rodeo at the Fayette County Fair last Thursday night.

  • Gillespie trial reset

    The jury trial for the former librarian of the St. Elmo Library District who is charged with stealing money from the district has been pushed back.
    The trial for Terri E. Gillespie had been scheduled to begin on July 30, but at a pretrial hearing on Wednesday morning, another pretrial was set for Aug. 8.
    Gillespie’s jury trial is now set for Aug. 27.
    Discussions on a possible plea agreement between Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen G. Friedel and Gillespie’s attorney, D. Peter Wise of Springfield are continuing.