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  • SWCD selling new plat books

    The new 2017 Fayette County Plat Book is now available from the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District.
    The new plat book, published by Rockford Map Publishers, accurately displays parcel boundaries, acreage data, roadways, waterways, railways, section lines, municipal boundaries and recreational areas, and includes an index to landowners.
    A 3D aerial map lies opposite each township parcel map, and is useful in providing a quick gauge to the use of a particular parcel.

  • School board candidates run unopposed

    CONNIE GOLDSMITH
    Age: 46
    Occupation: Licensed clinical professional counselor

  • Missouri man arrested for soliciting child

    Bond has been set at $250,000 for a Missouri man who has been charged with felony offenses alleging attempted criminal sexual abuse of a child.

  • Nokomis man guilty on two felony charges

    A Nokomis man was convicted on two of three felony charges at the completion of a two-day jury trial in Fayette County Circuit Court.

  • Gottman unopposed for fifth term, Bowen for sixth

    MAYOR
    RICKY J. GOTTMAN
    Age: 56
    Occupation: Director of Facilities and Support Services of Fayette County Hospital (39 years), mayor of the city of Vandalia (16 years) and chief deputy coroner of Fayette County (25 years)

  • Few contests in next Tuesday's election

    Many Fayette County voters will not have many decisions to make when they go to the polls next Tuesday. One exception is in Vandalia Township.
    In that township, there are 12 candidates running for six township positions.
    The Republican incumbent supervisor, Bev Daniels, is being challenged by Democrat Jackie (Cearlock) Willis, and the Republican incumbent clerk, Boyd Ledbetter, is being challenged by Democrat Barb Mitchell.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 30

    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ 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, March 31

    ✔ The Brownstown HS Drama Club will be presenting the play, "10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse!," at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the high school gym. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for students; ages 4 and under are free.

  • Vandalia man gets 3 prison sentences

    A Vandalia man who was one of two men charged with causing damage to the Fayette County Jail agreed to three prison sentences earlier this week.
    In Fayette County Circuit Court on Monday, Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor approved plea agreements accepted by Tyler J. Dunaway.
    Through the plea agreement, Dunaway accepted a one-year prison sentence on a charge of criminal damage to government-supported property.

  • Six-year sentences on cannabis charges

    Two California women who were arrested in January for possessing a large amount of cannabis after calling for police assistance agreed on Monday to serve prison sentences.
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    Christina Phaviseth, 20, of Redding, Calif., and Joana Rebollar-Limon, 18, of Anderson, Calif., each signed a plea-bargaining agreement that includes a six-year prison sentence.
    Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor approved the plea bargains during a court hearing on Monday.

  • Work planned on high school

    The Vandalia Board of Education approved on Tuesday an initial step in making some needed improvements to the district’s high school and administration building.
    The board approved a resolution allowing health life safety monies to be used for three projects.
    Those include replacing steel lintels on the north side of the high school, replacing a portion of the brick exterior and tuckpointing various areas on the north and east sides of the high school.