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  • Community Calendar-Nov. 4, 2010

    Thursday, November 4
    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon at Days Inn.
    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department will hold a family flu shot clinic from 2:45-3:45 p.m. at the FCHD office, 509 W. Edwards St., Vandalia. Appointments are required; call 283-1044.

  • Council OKs TIF funds for VCHS all-weather track

    City officials agreed on Monday to help with the installation of an all-weather track at Vandalia Community High School.
    The city council unanimously approved a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) agreement through which the city will contribute $65,000 in each of the next five years, or $325,000 total, for the new track.
    The TIF contribution is one of five funding sources for the track, which district officials estimate will cost about $500,000.

  • Election Day Assistance

    Election judge Bill Borberly explains the correct way to cast a ballot to one of the voters at the Mother of Dolors Catholic Church Parish Hall polling place on Tuesday afternoon.

  • Psychiatric report for teen charged with murder still not completed

    An attorney representing a 15-year-old rural Farina youth charged with fatally shooting a Loogootee couple in their home told a judge on Friday that the youth’s psychiatric evaluation still has not been completed.
    After Monroe McWard, the Taylorville attorney representing Clifford W. Baker, told Judge Ericka Sanders that Dr. Frederick Klug had not completed the evaluation, Sanders said she expected the report to be filed in time for the next status hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    That status hearing has been set for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23.

  • City planning to hike three tax levy rates

    The local CPA firm that performs the city of Vandalia’s annual audit reminded city officials on Monday night that they are not levying the maximum amount allowable for three funds, and that they could consider doing so to help with their budget deficit.
    About four hours later, the Vandalia City Council voted to levy the maximum amounts for the city’s corporate, fire protection and police protection funds.

  • Calm election day in Fayette County

    Illinois residents were still waiting on Wednesday to see who had won the state’s gubernatorial race. In Fayette County, however, there was no suspense on the evening of Tuesday’s general election, with only one local contest on the ballot.
    That contest was in Fayette County Board District 1, where Democrat incumbent Loy Staff defeated Republican challenger David Challans.

  • 2010 Electoral Candidate Profiles

    Sheriff Candidate - Aaron Lay (R)

  • News Briefs (Oct. 28)

    New fire number
    The old emergency fire line number — 283-2121 — is not functioning and will be disconnected. Anyone wishing to report a fire should call 911 or 283-2131. Businesses and residents with remote alarm services should advise their alarm companies of this information.

    TIF meeting

  • Teen stabbed at riverfront party

    A 19-year-old Vandalia man is scheduled to appear in Fayette Circuit Court on Nov. 3 after authorities say he repeatedly stabbed another teen at a party near the Kaskaskia River.
    Bo T. Blackwell, 605 N. Rock Island, was arrested Oct. 16 and charged with aggravated battery after witnesses told officials he stabbed Jerry Alsbury, 18, with a 3 ¾ - inch knife in the left side of his abdomen. Alsbury also suffered lacerations on his left arm, left leg and buttocks, according to a preliminary report filed with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

  • Williams, Hale marshals in Vandalia Lions' annual parade

    Presiding over this Thursday’s 68th annual Lions Halloween Parade will be two long-time members of that service club.
    Both Fayette County natives, the two – Cecil Williams and Wayne Hale – have been active Lions for decades.
    Williams has served in virtually every office within the club – including president in 1984-85 – and currently is on its board of directors.
    Hale, similarly, has contributed to the club in a variety of ways. But in the community, he is best known as an accomplished magician.