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  • County to tighten its policies

    He didn’t go into detail on the reasons for them, but the chairman of the Fayette County Board said on Tuesday that the board will be looking at changes to the policies and procedures for the county and its employees.
    At the close of Tuesday’s board meeting, Knebel said, “This board needs to look at the procedures of this county,” he said. “The way it’s been run the past several years … it’s pretty lax.

  • County OKs another fund transfer

    Though it wasn’t unanimous, the Fayette County Board voted on Tuesday to transfer another $250,000 from its capital improvement fund in order to meet payroll.
    And while the board approved that transfer, in an 11-3 vote, board Chairman Steve Knebel and several other board members said the board will have to look at making cuts instead of transfers.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 14

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. at Vandalia Airport.
    ✔ 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.
    Friday, March 15

  • Beekeepers meeting Saturday at KC

    The Tri-County Beekeepers Association and the Illinois Queen Initiative invites all fellow and potential beekeepers to enjoy a special presentation by Grant Gillard this Saturday, from 12:30-4 p.m., at Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus, located at 2310 W. Fillmore St.
    Gillard is now a commercial beekeeper, author, speaker, pastor, husband and father.  He operates about 200 hives of honeybees in Southeast Missouri, near the town of Jackson.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 7

    ✔ 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.
    Friday, March 8

  • Taylor picked to succeed retiring Lindberg at FAYCO

    The man who has served as the executive director for FAYCO Enterprises the past quarter century has announced his upcoming retirement. He has also announced the person who will succeed him.

  • City adds liquor license

    The Vandalia City Council voted on Monday to add a liquor license, action that should help bring another restaurant to town.
    The council voted 5-2 to increase the number of Class E license to eight, two weeks after a Greenville couple announced its request.
    At the Feb. 18 council meeting, Vicki Ellsworth said that she and her husband, Rob, would like to have the license for a sit-down style restaurant they hope to develop.

  • Cavaletto opposes cellphone ban

    State Rep. John Cavaletto (R-Salem) voted against legislation presented last Thursday that would ban the use of cellphones while driving in Illinois. Despite his opposition, the cellphone ban was approved by the Illinois House.
    “The problem we have in Illinois, and our nation, is government is too involved in our lives,” Cavaletto said.
    “Banning cell phones won’t stop car accidents from taking place. People can still be distracted by eating, listening to the radio, putting on makeup or in a bunch of other ways,” he said.

  • Young Leaders meeting is on March 13

    The Fayette County Farm Bureau will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. next Wednesday to reorganize the Fayette County Young Leaders group.
    That meeting will be held in the basement of the Fayette County Farm Bureau building at 1125 Sunset Drive in Vandalia.
    Young Leaders are those individuals of ages 18-35 who are involved in farming.
    The Young Leaders group is a way for young farmers to interact with other farmers their age, share ideas and have a voice in the future of farming.

  • Dual purpose training

    In what served as a dual-purpose training session, a group of law enforcement personnel from throughout this part of the state conducted an exercise on Friday afternoon at Vandalia Community High School.