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  • Hospitality training postponed

    The hospitality training scheduled for next Tuesday at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus has been postponed.

    The training will be rescheduled after Vandalia's Looking for Lincoln brochures are completed.

  • Vandalia to receive stimulus road monies

    Vandalia will be getting at least $200,000 in federal stimulus monies.

    Mayor Rick Gottman told the Vandalia City Council on Monday that the Illinois Department of Transportation notified him last Wednesday that the city’s share of $281 million for transportation improvements is $210,978.

    “We haven’t decided yet how we will use those funds,” Gottman said on Wednesday.

    “We need to sit down and take a look at how we can best use that money to benefit the city.”

    Fayette County’s allotment is $410,144.

  • New senator traveling throughout the 51st District

    Kyle McCarter sees his service in the Illinois Senate as another step in his commitment to serving people.

    And while McCarter is excited to get started in serving the 51st District, which includes Fayette County, is quick to admit that he’s not the first in his family to want a seat in the Senate.

    “Actually, it’s my son’s goal,” said McCarter, who was chosen on Saturday, Feb. 21, to succeed Frank Watson, the Greenville Republican who stepped down after more than 25 years in the Senate and the past six as the minority leader.

  • Home and Lifestyle Expo is Saturday

    Prizes! Giveaways! Booth after booth of area merchants offering goods and services for your home, your back yard or your business!

    It’s all at the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s Home & Lifestyle Expo. And it’s this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the gymnasium and cafeteria of Vandalia Junior High School.

  • Five get big sentences for meth

    Five Fayette County men who previously pleaded guilty in federal court to having roles in a large methamphetamine conspiracy were given lengthy prison sentences late last week.

    A. Courtney Cox, a U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced on Friday that Thomas E. Wilkerson of Shobonier and Vandalia residents David M. Murray, Donald R. Schultz, Billy D. York and Wesley Dean Conner were sentenced for conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with the intent to deliver 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

  • Lebanon business owner tabbed to succeed Watson

    A Lebanon business owner who has been serving on the St. Clair County Board has been picked to succeed Frank Watson as state senator for the 51st District.

    Kyle McCarter was chosen from a field of 11 candidates for the seat, which Watson vacated on Feb. 16. Among those candidates was Randy Pollard of Vandalia, the Fayette County Republican Central Committee chairman.

    McCarter was chosen by the 51st District Legislative Committee on Saturday afternoon, after a day-long interview process involving the 11 candidates.

  • York decides to accept sentence

    A rural Ramsey man convicted of killing his unborn child has decided not to fight for a lighter sentence.

    In a court hearing that lasted only about a minute, Michael York confirmed to Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm that he was withdrawing his attempt to have his sentence reduced.

    A Fayette County jury found York guilty in October of first-degree murder, aggravated battery and aggravated battery of a pregnant person. He was charged with beating Krystal Heggie, who was pregnant with his baby.

  • Learning about land use

    Ron Marshel, manager of the Fayette County Farm Bureau, was among the county residents participating in a followup meeting on the University of Illinois Extension's LEAM (Landuse Evolution and Impact Assessment Model) program. Through the program, U of I Extension is providing a variety of information about land in South Central Illinois, along with models that describe how local decisions, events and investments impact land use. Tuesday's meeting was held at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus.

  • Lebanon business owner picked to succeed Watson

    The nine member 51st Senate District Legislative Committee selected St. Clair County Board member Kyle McCarter on Saturday to succeed Frank Watson as State Senator, after a day long interview process involving 11 candidates.

    “I’m excited by this choice,” said Jerry Stocks, Chairman of the Legislative Committee and Macon County GOP Party Chairman. “We have a fine state senator.”

  • Lincoln program draws about 350 people

    Kevin Kaegy guessed that the crowd in the House of Representatives chambers at the Vandalia Statehouse on Thursday evening was the largest since Abraham Lincoln worked in that room.

    Kaegy was the keynote speaker for the Lincoln’s Birthday program at the Statehouse, which attracted about 350 people.

    Thursday was the first time since the end of November that the public was allowed to enter the Statehouse. That’s when all state historic sites and state parks were closed by then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich as a way of cutting state expenses.