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    Unemployment up in Fayette County

    Fayette County had an unemployment rate of 7.5 percent in March, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

    The March 2008 total is significantly higher than the March 2007 figure, 6.2 percent. The March 2008 total, however, is significantly lower than the January 2008 figure, 9.1 percent.

    According to IDES, work force conditions did begin to slowly improve in March. Although weather conditions were not particularly favorable, some construction projects did get under way.

  • Sprucing Up the Downtown
  • Residents helping Douglas tell Brownstown's history

    Brownstown Schools librarian Aubrey Douglas has had a goal since college to establish archives of history, genealogy facts and photographs for a community.

    I am interested in genealogy myself, Douglas said. And before I retired, I wanted to set up a local history collection for Brownstown.

    She is making progress with this goal in the Brownstown High School Library, with the assistance of Brownstown native Joann Strobel and other interested people in the Brownstown-Sefton area.

  • Farmers badly need warm, dry weather

    One thing that Fayette County farmers dont have to worry about at this point is soil moisture. In fact, its the only thing working in the farmers' favor.

    Precipitation this spring is continuing to prevent most of the countys farmers from getting this years corn and soybeans crop into the ground, according to Fayette County Farm Bureau Manager Ron Marshel.

    I have seen some (corn) being planted, but I dont see any emerging, Marshel said.

    Were still at a very minimal amount of corn being planted, he said.

  • Big cuts coming if governor doesn't release Extension monies

    Because it has a little surplus built up, the Fayette and Clay counties unit of University of Illinois Extension believes it can make it through to the end of the current fiscal year without much of a problem.

    But beyond that, the local Extension unit and all other units in the state is looking at some substantial cuts if Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich continues withholding funds that have already been appropriated for Extension.

  • Vandalia will revise ordinance on modular, manufactured homes

    The city of Vandalia has decided to revise its ordinance governing the placement of manufactured homes after hearing from a family that lost its home to a fire in January.

    The Jeremy Beck family has been told by the city that it cannot, under the current ordinance, replace its burned out home with a manufactured home at the northeast corner of Sixth and Garfield streets.

  • VCC farm bid deadline is Friday

    The Illinois Department of Corrections should know by the end of this week who will be working the farmground at Vandalia Correctional Center. For the first time in the history of VCC, it wont be inmates and state workers.

    Over the objections of state legislators, including state Sen. Frank Watson (R-Greenville), IDOC has decided to lease the farmground at VCC and cease the dairy operations at the local prison.

  • Goggin will run as an independent candidate

    A Greenville attorney who wants to serve as Fayette Countys states attorney will appear on Novembers general election ballot as an independent candidate.

    Dan Goggin announced his decision to run as an independent on Tuesday, a week after a local electoral board ruled that he could not appear on the ballot as a Republican candidate.

    In announcing its decision, the electoral board ruled that nomination papers filed on Goggins behalf by the Fayette County Republican Central Committee contained technical errors.

  • Second Chance shows off its new rescue shelter & boarding kennel

    After rescuing three Dobermans from euthanasia, Lynn Brown wondered whether she could work with others to provide the same type of service in Fayette County. Four years later, Brown and other volunteers with Second Chance Animal Rescue are celebrating another achievement in doing just that.

    Second Chance, which was started by Brown in 2004, invited the public to view its new rescue shelter and boarding kennel on Saturday.

  • Elliott will leave council this summer

    Vandalia Alderwoman Barbie Elliott announced at Monday's meeting of the Vandalia City Council that she will be resigning from her council seat this summer.

    Elliott, who represents city residents living in Ward II, told city officials that she plans to serve on the council through July.