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  • CEFS offering scholarships

    C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation is offering CSBG scholarships for income-eligible individuals who wish to continue their education in an Illinois Institution approved full-time post-secondary course of study.
    The course of study must lead up to a degree and/or employment, with particular consideration given to a field of study in high technology areas or other growth occupations.
    The scholarship program, which began in 1986, has awarded 414 scholarships totaling $284,306 to individuals who continued their education.

  • Museum has Lincoln items on display

    The special exhibits at the Fayette County Museum this month are “All About Lincoln.”
    The special cases will display many Lincoln items, pictures, documents and books.
    This special exhibit is available Monday through Saturday, from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The museum will also be open from 1-4 p.m. this Sunday, Lincoln’s Birthday.
    The annual meeting of Historical Vandalia Inc. will be held at the museum at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 20. All people who are interested in the museum are welcome to attend.

  • KC hosting seminar about agro-terrorism

    Kaskaskia College, in partnership with Louisiana State University, will offer to emergency services personnel (fire, police and EMS), county Extension agents, local and state public health officials, and individuals in the agriculture industry (including producers, processors and transporters) a day of free training relating to agro-terrorism.
    The training will be held from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Lifelong Learning Center located on the main campus of Kaskaskia College in Centralia.

  • State police give 2011 statistics

    Illinois State Police District 12 Commander, Morrie Fraser, announced a summary of district activity for 2011.  District 12, headquartered in Effingham, includes the counties of Clark, Clay, Crawford, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Marion and Richland.  
    During 2011, Illinois State Police District 12 handled 38,023 incidents, which included 10,077 requests for service from the public or other law enforcement agencies. The remaining 27,946 incidents were self-initiated by troopers.  

  • Vandalia hosting historical celebrations this weekend

    Vandalia will celebrate the history of this community, state and nation with three events this weekend.

  • Former St. Elmo librarian pleads not guilty to theft
  • City gives Texas firm another year

    The Vandalia City Council has agreed to continue working with a Texas firm on commercial recruitment for at least one more year.
    The council voted unanimously to renew its agreement with Site Location Partnership, paying that firm $2,795 to develop commercial business leads.
    Through the agreement, the firm’s services include representing the city at major trade shows.
    The city has had agreements with SLP for the past two years. Prior to the vote, one alderman initially questioned its worth.

  • Vandalia hosting historical celebrations this weekend

    Vandalia will celebrate the history of this community, state and nation with three events this weekend.

  • Former St. Elmo librarian pleads not guilty to theft

    The former director of the St. Elmo Library District who has been charged with embezzling funds from the district has pleaded not guilty.
    Terri E. Gillespie, 51, of St. Elmo, entered the plea on Monday while making her first appearance with an attorney in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    Gillespie, who is being represented by D. Peter Wise of Springfield, waived her right for a preliminary hearing. Her trial has tentatively been set to begin at the end of April.
    Gillespie was charged with two counts of felony theft on Jan. 5.

  • Thomason being deployed with National Guard firefighters unit

    A local man who acquired firefighting skills while a member of the Brownstown Fire Department will be putting those skills to use in Afghanistan.