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  • 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.

  • Family Y rec center meetings are Monday night

    The Family Y of Fayette County plans to build a community recreation center in Vandalia – and they’d like to tell you more about it.

    To accomplish that, two public meetings will be held next Monday, Feb. 23, in the Little Theater of Vandalia Elementary School – one at 5:30 p.m. and one at 7 p.m.

    “The purpose of these meetings,” said Family Y Executive Director John Ashdown, “is to let the public know what our plans are.

  • Downtown work will start soon

    The reopening of the Vandalia Statehouse seems imminent – all that’s needed is one signature.

    Mayor Rick Gottman told the Vandalia City Council on Monday night that the only thing delaying the reopening of the Statehouse is Gov. Pat Quinn’s signature.

    Gottman said the state’s Central Management Services has OK’d the hiring of a laid-off state employee to assist Site Superintendent Mary Cole.

  • Vandalia school administrators rehired

    The Vandalia School Board on Tuesday approved the re-employment of all district administrators for the 2008-2009 school year.

    On that list are Rich Well as superintendent, Randy Protz as Vandalia Community High School principal, Brian Kern as Vandalia Community High School assistant principal, Rod Grimsley as Vandalia Junior High School principal, Brian Holliday as Vandalia Junior High School assistant principal, Stacy South as Vandalia Elementary School principal and Donna Cripe as Jefferson Elementary School principal.

  • LEAM training is Tuesday night

    University of Illinois Extension will provide computer training to Fayette County on the Land use Evolution and impact Assessment Model (LEAM) project.

    This training is the next step in the LEAM planning/design project focused on the future land uses and developments throughout the South Central Illinois Region, including Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper and Marion counties.

    The agenda for the training will include an introduction to the LEAM project, the basics of navigating the LEAM web site.

  • Rademacher hired for Centralia superintendent post

    Vandalia native David H. Rademacher, who is in his third year as superintendent of schools in Patoka, has been named superintendent of Centralia City Schools.

    In that position, Rademacher will oversee the education of students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. He will begin his duties July 1.

    He previously served as principal of the pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school in Ramsey. Before that, he was a business teacher and coach at Vandalia Community High School.

  • Video-SpiritSingers perform at Lincoln Program