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  • Voting aid for elderly, disabled available

    Under the federal Voting Accessibility for Elderly and Handicapped Act, assistance  for the elderly and disabled voters is available through the Fayette County Clerk-Election Authority’s Office.
    Public notice is further given of the availability of registration and voting aids under the Federal Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act, of the availability of assistance in marking the ballot, procedures for voting by absentee ballot and procedures for voting early by personal appearance.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Jan. 28

    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ 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.

  • Clay named VCHS football coach

    Though he will continue to walk the sideline at Vandalia Vandals varsity football games, Jason Clay will now be doing so in a different capacity.

  • Smith reinstates chief deputy post

    The new budget passed by the Fayette County Board on Friday includes the reinstatement of the chief deputy position in the sheriff’s office, and Sheriff Chris Smith has appointed a long-time officer in that department to the post.

  • Fire on Tuesday damages home

    A Vandalia home sustained significant damage from a fire on Tuesday evening.

  • Carryover keeps county in black

    The Fayette County Board approved on Friday night a budget that has its general fund in the black at the end of the new fiscal year. But it’s again using carryover funds to make that happen.
    In a 12-1 vote, the board approved a budget with a general fund that has revenues totaling $4,736,535 and expenditures totaling $4,865,238.
    Board Chairman Jeff Beckman said that the county is adding $128,703 in carryover funds from the last fiscal year to the new revenues figure, giving the county a total of $4,865,238 in revenues.

  • County changes language for two positions

    At its regular meeting last Tuesday, the Fayette County Board approved language changes for the positions of chief deputy and jail administrator in the contract with the Fraternal Order of Police.
    Under the resolution approved by the board, “classification seniority shall cease to accumulate for the period during which any employee holds the chief deputy or jail administrator position.”

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Jan. 21

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. at Ramsey Baptist Church on U.S. Route 51 in Ramsey.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ 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.

  • Hunt competes at state pageant

    Jenna Hunt, the 2015 Miss Fayette County, participated in the 2016 Miss Illinois State Pageant at Springfield over the weekend.

    She competed in communication, swimsuit, evening gown and business suit categories. She represented Fayette County well. Jenna is the daughter of Scott and Jennifer Hunt; Jennifer Hunt provided these photos.

  • City OKs its share for bridge project

    The Vandalia City Council on Monday approved a resolution that authorizes the spending of its share for the replacement of two bridges at Fifth and Randolph streets.
    The resolution states that the city will contribute $290,000 toward the total project cost of $1.427-million.
    Mayor Rick Gottman told aldermen that while the city had hoped to have the project included in the state’s March project bidding, that will not be possible “because of (additional) steps now required by the state.”