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  • Man convicted of sex offense asking to withdraw plea

    Saying that he was threatened into pleading guilty to a sex offense last month, a Brownstown man now wants to withdraw that plea.
    Lloyd W. Merkley, 62, pleaded guilty at the end of October to a charge of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.
    Through a plea agreement, Merkley agreed to a 10-year prison sentence. A Class X felony, predatory criminal sexual assault is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
    Under Illinois law, Merkley would be required to serve at least 85 percent of the 10-year sentence.

  • Chain buying FS Travel Center

    The Vandalia City Council took action on Monday that supports a Midwestern chain’s acquisition of a local travel center.

  • Road Ranger acquires FS Travel Center

    See this week's issue-Available Tuesday afternoon this week!

  • School board petitions available at district office

    Nominating petition forms for the April 9, 2013, school board election in Vandalia Community Unit School District No. 203 are now available.
    Forms may be picked up in the office of the board secretary at 1109 N. Eighth St. on any business day, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
    A school board candidate’s petition must be filed in the same office between 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, and 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24.
    Candidates’ names will appear on the election ballot in the order in which their nominating papers are received in the secretary’s office.

  • News Briefs

    St. Peter, rural Farina get 911 addresses

    Fayette County E911 Coordinator Kevin Jenne announced on Tuesday that residents of St. Peter ZIP Code 62880 and rural Farina residences in the 62838 ZIP Code will be receiving letters with their new, official 911 addresses this week.
    The new addresses will replace the rural route box numbers that residents are currently using.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, November 15

    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees will meet at Vandalia Airport.
    ✔ 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, November 16

  • Olde Tyme Christmas is Friday

    • Lighting of city Christmas tree – 5 p.m.
    • Downtown merchants open from 5-9 p.m.
    • Vandalia Statehouse open from 5-8 p.m.
    • Chestnuts roasting over an open fire
    • Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus at Something Special Florist
    • Story time at Evans Public Library, 6:30 p.m.

  • Veterans Day

    Programs in Fayette County over the weekend paid tribute to this country's veterans.

    First photo: David Cox and Richard Lowe retire the American flag at the St. Elmo American Legion Post's Veterans Memorial. Second photo: Brownstown High School choral students (from left) Lakin Evans, Hannah Koehler, Krystyn Fitch, Caitlyn Reeter and Sydney Rosborough perform in "A Musical Salute to Veterans." Third photo: Brad Brannon stands at attention at the Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 program in Vandalia.

  • Holiday Treats

    If you think baking a few dozen cookies during the holidays can be quite a task, consider the baking done by the members of Soroptimist International of Vandalia.

  • County board OKs balanced budget

    The Fayette County Board passed on Tuesday what it hopes will be a balanced budget.
    Several factors, however, could dash their hopes.
    The budget approved by the board estimates general fund revenues in the coming fiscal year, which begins on Dec. 1, to total $4,323,214, and expenditures at $4,374,956.
    But that deficit turns into a surplus of about $255,000 with carryover revenue that exceeded the projected revenue amount for this fiscal year, according to board Chairman Steve Knebel.