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  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, September 2
    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Friday, September 3

  • Chamber, Main Street agree to remain independent

    After several weeks of discussing how they might benefit from merging or sharing resources, leaders of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce and Vandalia Main Street have decided to remain independent organizations.
    To complicate the situation, Dana Whiteman, who serves as the executive director of Main Street as well as the vice president of the chamber, was elevated to the presidency of the chamber after the sitting president, Shaun Murray, resigned on Monday.

  • Survey projects good yields

    The Fayette County Farm Bureau’s marketing committee held its annual crop survey earlier than usual, and the number of people conducting that survey was about half of what it was last year.
    The biggest reason for that drop in survey participants was that many who usually help estimate corn and soybean yields were in their fields harvesting their corn crop.

  • FAYCO takes on recycling

    A local agency has worked in the past year with a committee of citizens interested to come up with ways to increase recycling opportunities for area residents.
    FAYCO Enterprises has now stepped forward to make recycling available on almost a daily basis.
    It was right at a year ago that the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District, along with the newly formed Fayette County Recycling Committee, began accepting recyclable items for four hours on the second Saturday of each month, as well as taking electronic recyclables on Wednesday afternoons.

  • First Day of School

    Last Friday was the first day of kindergarten for a number of children in the Vandalia School District. In the first photo, Logan Nance sticks close to his mother while learning about his new classroom at Jefferson Primary School in Vandalia. In the other photo, Jefferson kindergarten teacher Lisa Robbins talks to Trinity Velazquez about some of the fun activities she will enjoy at school.

  • New merchants group to host rummage sale

    The Downtown Vandalia Merchants Co-op, the newly formed downtown merchants group, will sponsor a downtown rummage sale on Saturday, Sept. 11.

    Downtown stores will have items in the sale, and merchants are inviting local residents to sell items, as well.

    Twelve-foot spaces are available for $10. To reserve a space, contact: Joanna Helm, 283-1432; Rich Jenner, 283-3481; Gloria Durbin, 283-4804; or Donelle Conway, 283-1810.

  • Man awaiting trial on meth charge arrested again

    A rural Vandalia man who is scheduled to go to trial in October on a methamphetamine charge was arrested for meth possession again last weekend.
    Leonard E. Scholes, 44, was arrested on Sunday and charged on Monday with partcipation in a methamphetamine-manufacturing operation.
    The charge alleges the manufacture of up to 400 grams of methamphetamine.
    A Class X felony, the meth manufacture offense is punishable by up to 40 years in prison.
    Scholes was also charged with the possession of up to 400 grams of methamphetamine, also a Class X felony.

  • Cost-cutting helps FCH see a profit

    As a result of ongoing cost-cutting measures, Fayette County Hospital recorded another profitable month in July – the first month of the new fiscal year. With revenues of $153,937 and expenses of $117,717, the operation produced a profit of $36,220 for the month.
    “The reason we’re making a profit is that we’re controlling expenses,” said Greg Starnes, chief executive officer of the hospital. “We’re a much leaner operation than we were last year, and we’ll stay that way.”

  • Work on new FCHD home to begin soon

    Work on the former hardware store that will become the new home of the Fayette County Health Department could get under way as soon as next week.
    Rhonda Andrews, FCHD administrator, said on Wednesday that demolition work on the property in the 400 block of West Edwards Street that formerly housed Leo Brown Lumber is almost finished. That work, being done by Grubaugh Contracting, includes the demolition of three buildings.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, August 26
    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.

    Friday, August 27
    ✔ A country music dance will be held at 7 p.m. at the Patoka Service Center, 210 W. Bond St. Admission is by donation.