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  • Fayette Water moving forward with Vandalia area expansion

    Fayette Water Co. hopes to complete later this year an expansion project that would provide water for people living north and northwest of Vandalia.

    The rural water group, which wanted to have between 150 and 200 households signed up for that expansion project, had 175 households on board at the start of last week.

    One of the biggest reasons for holding this meeting is because of the people who are still thinking about signing up, Fayette Water Manager and Board Treasurer Randy Wolf said prior to a public meeting last Monday at First Church of God in Vandalia.

  • Nancy Lee Cook, 63, Ramsey

    Nancy Lee Cook, 63, of Ramsey, died at 9:22 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, at St. Johns Hospital in Springfield.

    Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Miller Funeral Home in Ramsey, with the Rev. Glenn Sparks officiating. Burial will be in Oconee Mound Cemetery, rural Oconee. Visitation will be held an hour before services on Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials: American Diabetes Association.

  • Chamber banquet is next Thursday

    Tickets are now on sale for the annual banquet of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

    The event will be held next Thursday at the Crawford-Hale American Legion Home in Vandalia, beginning with a social hour at 6 p.m. The meal will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the program.

    During the banquet, the Chamber will present Abe Awards to one chamber member and to one non-chamber member. Addresses by outgoing president Dave Bell and incoming president Doug Knebel are also on the agenda.

  • New elementary school principal chosen

    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday promoted two people from within the district to fill the positions of elementary school principal and high school guidance counselor, and added duties to an existing employee's job description to create the position of part-time business manager for the district. All three positions start with the 2008-09 school year.

    Thirteen-year employee Stacy South, who currently serves as a reading specialist at Vandalia Elementary School, was named principal of the school. She will replace Gary Rahe, who is retiring after the current school year.

  • Two given 14-year prison terms

    For the second time within a month, a Fayette County man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for a sex crime.

    Edward Cunningham, 30, of Vandalia, was given a 14-year sentence on Tuesday by Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm.

    Cunningham was found guilty of aggravated criminal sexual abuse at a jury trial last November.

  • Grace period for voter registration ends Tuesday

    Last Tuesday was the voter registration deadline for the Feb. 5 primary election. But, anyone who needs to register still has time to do so.

    Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun, the countys election official, said on Tuesday that a state grace period essentially extends the time allowed for voter registration.

    However, Braun emphasized, those who register or the states grace period which began on Wednesday and runs through next Tuesday must cast their primary election votes in her office. Brauns office is on the first floor of the Fayette County Courthouse.

  • Route 51 hearings are next Thursday

    The Illinois Department of Transportation will hold three public hearings in January on the continued four-lane expansion of U.S. Route 51, with two of those meetings being held in Fayette County.

    IDOT will hold one public meeting from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, in the multi-purpose room at the Kaskakia College Vandalia Campus, and a second meeting that day from 5:30-8 p.m. at Ramsey High School.

    A third hearing will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, in Centralia City Council chambers.

  • Federal funds used to buy new radio equipment for sheriff's office

    Fayette County will be taking another look into Enhanced 911 emergency phone service for residents of the county. But the possible introduction of that service is not the main reason for the replacement of the communications system at the Fayette County Sheriff's Office.

    Rather, the new equipment is being purchased because of the age and condition of the existing equipment.

    U.S. Congressman John Shimkus (R-Ill.-19th District) came to Vandalia last Friday to present Sheriff Aaron Lay and several members of the county board with a check for $211,500.

  • Vandalia Schools to get more funds from the state

    Though it still must be signed by the governor, legislation approved last week by Illinois legislators would mark the first increase in the states per-pupil education funding since 1985.

    That $400 increase per student per year brings the states annual base funding level to $5,734 per student. For the Vandalia Community School District, that means an increase in state funding of about $250,000, according to Superintendent Rich Well.

  • Miss Fayette County Fair Queen 2007 to participate at state level

    The IAAF Convention will be held Jan. 17-20 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. At this convention, county fair officials can get ideas and book events for their 2008 fair.