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    Lincoln Day Dinner is Saturday

    The Fayette County Republican Central Committee will hold its annual Lincoln Day Dinner this Saturday evening at the American Legion Home in  Vandalia.
    The event begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and a program.
    Speakers will include U.S. Congressman John Shimkus, state Sen. John O. Jones, state Sen. Kyle McCarter, state Rep. John Cavaletto, Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen and Joshua Morrison, Republican candidate for state's attorney.

  • Two killed in wreck early Sunday

    Both drivers sustained fatal injuries in a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. Route 51 south of Vandalia early Sunday morning.

    According to Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen, Robert Norris, 74, of Vernon, was traveling south on Route 51 when a northbound vehicle driven by 22-year-old Joshua Jezek of Sandoval crossed the center line, hitting the truck driven by Norris head-on.

    The vehicle driven by Jezek, who was identified on Monday afternoon, burst into flames.

    Norris and Jezek were pronounced dead at the scene by Bowen at 4:06 a.m.

  • Locks of Love Donation

    Madison Johnson, the daughter of Alan and Mary Johnson of Vandalia, recently donated 15 inches of her hair to Locks of Love, an organization that provides wigs for cancer patients. She had her hair cut at Cut Loose on Feb. 1.

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  • Brownstown Schools will honor Kistler

    The Brownstown School District Board of Education will host an open house on Friday, Feb. 24, to honor a long-time district employee who is retiring at the end of February.


    Nancy Kistler has served as district bookkeeper, secretary and treasurer since Feb. 26, 1979. She will retire on Feb. 29.
    The open house will be held from 2-4 p.m. in the Brownstown Elementary School cafeteria. Cake and punch will be served.

  • Taylor elected VVFD chief

    Ed Taylor Jr. was elected chief of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department at the department’s annual meeting last Wednesday.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, February 16

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ A meeting of the Downtown Vandalia Merchants Co-op will be held at 5 p.m. at Old Town Cheese on Gallatin Street.
    ✔ 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.
    Friday, February 17

  • A Lincoln Weekend

    This past weekend featured a variety of activities designed to celebrate Vandalia's ties to Abraham Lincoln and the early days of Illinois.

  • County keeping tabs on hirings

    As Fayette County continues to keep close tabs on its spending, the chairman of the county board is asking department heads to come before the board when planning to hire new employees.
    At the close of Tuesday’s county board meeting, board Chairman Steve Knebel clarified a letter regarding new hires that he had recently sent to department heads.
    “I’m not going to call it a hiring freeze,” he said, but explained that the county board has budgeted specific amounts for salaries.

  • Hearing on murderer's transfer to prison delayed

     A court hearing for convicted murderer Clifford Baker on Friday was supposed to be about whether the teen would be transferred to Illinois’ adult prison system.