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  • Local church to get old Rural King home

    City officials will consider a wording change in its zoning ordinance that will allow Rural King to give its former Vandalia home to a local church.
    Code Official Keith Meadows told the Vandalia alderman on Monday that Rodney Caswell, pastor of First Assembly of God, had notified him that Rural King will be donating its former home to his congregation.
    But for the donation to be legal, Meadows said, the city will have to change its zoning ordinance to allow for places of worship in an area zoned general commercial.

  • Mayor, council working for free right now

    Vandalia’s aldermen will be working without pay for the next three months, and its mayor will be working free of charge for at least a month.
    At the close of the city council meeting on Monday, after a closed session of about 20 minutes, Mayor Rick Gottman announced that he was directing City Clerk Peggy Bowen not to cut a paycheck for him for November.
    Then, each of the aldermen announced that they would not be accepting pay for the quarter ending in January.

  • News Briefs

    Osborne to give concert on Oct. 24

    Vandalia native Summer Osborne, who has been pursuing a career in music for the past decade, will present a concert at the Vandalia Moose Lodge on Sunday, Oct. 24.
     The event, which runs from 5-8 p.m., will feature Osborne on the guitar and piano, as well as Shannon Curtis, a pianist from Los Angeles.
    Though she’s based in St. Louis, Osborne has played throughout the Midwest and on the East Coast. She’s now recorded five CDs.

  • Skydiver dies in accident

    A Missouri man died from injuries sustained in a skydiving accident on Saturday evening at Vandalia Airport.
    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said that Jonathan Bullar, 24, of Maryland Heights,  made a jump with a group of skydivers from about 6,500 feet and that his parachute failed to deploy.
    Bowen pronounced Bullar dead at the scene at 6:53 p.m.
    Bowen’s office and the Illinois State Police are continuing to investigate the accident. An autopsy was performed on Monday at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
     

  • Brownstown man fatally injured in wreck

    A Brownstown man died from injuries sustained in an accident south of Shobonier on Friday morning.
    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said Matthew L. Sefton of rural Brownstown, 52,  was traveling south on U.S. Route 51 near County Road 800 North on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle when he struck the rear of an SUV.
    The Illinois State Police said that the SUV, driven by David A. Meseke, 46, of Vandalia, was stopped on the highway, preparing to make a left turn.
    Sefton was pronounced dead by Bowen at Fayette County Hospital at 10:48 a.m. on Friday.

  • Marriage Licenses_Oct. 14, 2010

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:

    Shannon Ray Tally
    Smithboro
    Amanda Joyce Goodman
    Smithboro
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    David John Palenchar
    Highland
    Lauren DeAnn Elam
    Highland

  • Marriage Licenses_Oct. 14, 2010

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:

    Shannon Ray Tally
    Smithboro
    Amanda Joyce Goodman
    Smithboro
    ---
    David John Palenchar
    Highland
    Lauren DeAnn Elam
    Highland

  • Community Calendar

    Friday, October 15
    ✔ A country music dance will be held at the Patoka Service Center, 210 W. Bond St., Patoka. "Charlie's Jam" will perform. Admission is by donation.

    Saturday, October 16

    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department will hold an adult flu clinic from 10 a.m.-noon at First Christian Church in Vandalia.
    ✔ Fayette County Hospital will hold its annual Health and Safety Expo at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus. The fair is from 7 a.m.-noon, and blood draws are from 7-11 a.m.

  • CO2 storage firm talks to county

    The Fayette County Board heard on Tuesday from a company that is interested in establishing carbon dioxide capture and storage operations in an area north of St. Elmo.
    JoAnn Givens, Vandalia’s director of economic development and tourism, introduced Martin Culik of Willow Grove Carbon Solutions to the county board.
    Culik said that his company has been in business for about two years, working toward the installation of injection wells to capture carbon dioxide from power plants burning clean coal.

  • Baker defense waits on psychiatric evaluation

    The attorney representing a youth charged with fatally shooting a Loogootee couple in their home last month is receiving reports that he believes are necessary for a complete psychiatric evaluation of his client.
    In a brief hearing last Wednesday afternoon in Fayette County Circuit Court, Monroe McWard, the attorney for Clifford Baker, said that he has passed on to Dr. Frederick Krug of Nashville, the doctor performing the evaluation Baker's school and medical records.