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  • Gallatin Street poured

  • County board chairman urges department heads to make cuts

    In recent months, the chairman of the Fayette County Board asked the county’s department heads to fine-tune their budgets for the coming year.
    On Tuesday night, Steve Knebel emphasized that the time has come for the department heads to do some close shaving.
    Knebel said that he has asked County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun to notify all county department heads of a budget meeting on Monday, with plans to finalize a budget draft by next Thursday.

  • Fayette Water looking for more people to sign up

    Fayette Water Co. has the necessary permit and funding in place for a project that will provide water to people living northwest of Vandalia.
    Now, all it needs is enough residents of that area on board to make the project financially feasible.
    People living in that area can register during a public informational meeting that will be held at 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday at First Church of God, located at Thrill Hill Road and Lakewood Drive, northwest of Vandalia.

  • Shriner Newspaper Day

    Mayor Rick Gottman signed a proclamation declaring this Saturday as Shriners' Hospitals Newspaper Days Roadblock Day in Vandalia. With Gottman is Tim McMillan, president of the Old National Trail Shrine Club. This Saturday, local Shriners will be handing out newspapers telling the story of Shriners' Hospitals for Children and accepting donations.

  • Suicide prevention programs are set

    Dr. Elizabeth Ladin-Gross, a volunteer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will visit the South Central and Vandalia school districts next week.
    Ladin will speak to physical education students at SCHS throughout the day on Tuesday, will meet with faculty and staff after school and make a community/parent presentation from 6-7 p.m. in the SCHS gym.

  • Calender-Oct. 6

    Thursday, October 6

    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, October 8

  • St. Elmo man pleads guilty in federal court

    Timothy Shellenbarger, 22, of St. Elmo, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court East St. Louis last Friday to selling a stolen firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, according to the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton. Each crime carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release after imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system.

  • Pumpkin Party

    Happy Hollow Farms, a pumpkin farm located south of St. Elmo, held a harvest festival featuring a variety of activities over the weekend.

    In the first photo, Stacia Braun takes a photo of daugher Sierra with a pumpkin that she had chosen; Kaelyn Braun looks on. In the second photo, Megan Koss paints a rosebud on the face of Tessa Manley.

  • Gallatin project ahead of schedule

    The final streetscape work on Gallatin Street in downtown Vandalia is progressing ahead of schedule.
    Mayor Rick Gottman reported at Monday’s city council meeting that curbs and gutters had been poured in the 700 block of West Gallatin Street, and that sidewalks were to be poured on Tuesday and Wednesday.
    Gottman also said that the new approach to the parking lot for the county courthouse and jail has been completed.
    By the end of the week, weather permitting, the new road surface would be poured, Gottman said.

  • Thomason wins federal lawsuit

    Just about two years after St. Elmo Mayor Larry Tish removed Ken Thomason from the city’s chief of police position, a federal jury ruled that Tish did so improperly.
    After deliberating for several hours, a jury in U.S. Southern District Court in East St. Louis ruled that Tish fired Thomason without giving him due process.
    In issuing its verdict, the jury awarded Thomason only $1, with that award covering such things as lost wages and anguish caused by the firing.
    The jury also ruled that the city must pay Thomason’s legal fees and court costs.