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Local News

  • 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.

  • Calendar

    Wednesday, November 7
    ✔ An emergency meeting of the Eagles Auxiliary will be held at 7 p.m. at the Eagles Club in Vandalia.
    Thursday, November 8

    ✔ 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.

  • Law Dogs Donate to Food Pantry

    The local chapter of Law Dogs Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club) recently donated funds generated during its annual bucket drive to the food pantry at the Family Worship Center on Janett Avenue in Vandalia.

    Presenting the $1,000 donation to Pastor Tracy Zimmerman are Law Dogs members are President Dan Carney, Treasurer Dan Stennett, Road Captain Jose Rosado, Dale Sarginson, Bill Hartman and Brian Arenas. Not present for the photo were Mark Waschle, Tim Pierce and Cory Storm.

  • Election Judges at Work

    Election judges Robert Varga (photo at left) and Elloise Black (photo at right) assist voters at the polling place in Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia on Tuesday morning.

  • Redemption 1:7 to perform this Saturday

    Mitchell Zimmerman,  Keegan Mitchell and Austin Lay all had some things in common: They were about the same ages, they were in the same year of school and they loved music and are musicians.

  • Casting Their Ballots

    Bill and Patricia Beard prepare to cast their ballots on Tuesday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia. They are receiving their ballots from election judge Carolyn Daniels.

  • Council backs no levy increase

    The Vandalia City Council will likely approve a tax levy for the coming year that does not include any increases.
    Mayor Rick Gottman told aldermen that they have two options for the new levy – leave it as is; or OK an increase of 5 percent.
    Gottman and Executive Secretary LaTisha Paslay said that the option with no increase includes a reduction of the police pension figure – due to retirements and other departures – and an equal increase in the fire protection figure.

  • City learns about water plant issues

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday a quick, short-term fix to the city’s water treatment plant.