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Local News

  • IDOT meetings on road plan are next week

    Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Harmig recently announced that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will seek early input into the development of its upcoming Multi-Year Road Program for Highway Improvements for Fiscal Years 2012-2017 by hosting informational and feedback sessions in communities throughout the state.

  • News Briefs-Sept. 30, 2010

    Genealogy group plans annual meeting

    The Fayette County Genealogical and Historical Society will meet at 6 p.m. next Tuesday at Evans Public Library in Vandalia. Those planning to attend are asked to take family stories for show and tell.
    The group's annual meeting will be held on Nov. 2 at Good Old Days Banquet Hall in Brownstown. The cost is $15, and reservations are due by Oct. 15.
    Send reservations, to: FCGHS, P.O. Box 177, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • Community Calendar-Sept. 30

    Friday, October 1
    ✔ 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 2

    ✔ First Baptist Church of Brownstown will hold a block party from 11:30 a.m.-3L:30 p.m. at Brownstown City Park.

    Sunday, October 3

  • State Treasurer Candidate Visits Vandalia

    Dan Rutherford, a state senator from Pontiac who is the Republican candidate for state treasurer in November, stopped in Vandalia last week to visit with local residents. Rutherford, who is opposed by Democrat Robin Kelly and Green Party candidate Scott Summers, touted his 18 years as a state legislator as well as his experience  as a businessman. To Rutherford's left is state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon).

  • Candidates for April 5 election begin working

    While many candidates are in the home stretch of runs for public office this November, others are just beginning their efforts to win elected offices.
    Last Tuesday was the first day that individuals interested in running for positions to be filled on April 5 of next year could begin circulating nominating petitions.
    On the ballot next spring are full, four-year terms for half of the seats on local city councils and village boats, as well as seats on local school boards, park districts, library boards, community college boards and regional boards of school trustees.

  • Tish fails in attempt to dismiss suit

    A request by St. Elmo’s mayor to have a lawsuit filed by the city’s police chief he terminated has been rejected.
    Now, the suit filed against Larry Tish by Ken Thomason will continue with amended filings.
    At a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court on Monday, Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm denied Tish’s motion seeking dismissal of the amended complaint filed by Thomason in July.

  • Moose donates stuffed animals

    Vandalia Moose Lodge No. 1447 this week donated a number of Tommy Moose stuffed animals to local emergency response agencies. Local police officers and firefighters will give the stuffed animals to youngsters to comfort them in emergency situations. Lodge No. 1447 Gov. Stan Kelly (far left) and Administrator Tom Workman (second from right) presented the stuffed animals to, from left to right, Fayette County Sheriff Aaron Lay, Vandalia Police Chief Larry Eason and Vandalia Fire Department Chief Merle Adermann.

  • Local man pleads guilty to federal drug charges

    Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced last Friday that Cristy Davis, 28, formerly of Greenville, and Casey Kistler, 29, of Vandalia, pleaded guilty last Wednesday and Friday, respectively, in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis to an indictment charging them with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine.
    The offense carries a penalty of 10 years to life in prison, a fine of up to $8 million and not less than five years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

  • FAYCO holds open house, ribbon-cutting ceremony for Images facility

  • Taking attorney's advice, council declines request to discuss smoking law

    The owner of a bar who has been ticketed three times for violating the city ordinance on public health and safety asked the Vandalia City Council on Monday to hold off on those tickets until the court hears her arguments on the validity of that local law.
    But the mayor said city officials would not discuss such a request on the advice of its legal counsel.