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  • Rhodes, Chatham crowned at BHS
  • SAFE's 'Homes for the Holidays' is this weekend

    S.A.F.E.'s annual "Homes for the Holidays"' Christmas tours will take place this Saturday and Sunday, from 1-5 p.m. each day, with tours of six buildings available.

    Included in the tours is a variety of unique homes. Throughout these homes are numerous antique family pieces, various unique collections, one of-a kind art, paint treatments and a variety of Christmas decorations.

    Stops on this year's tour are:

    • The home of Roy and LaVonda Nichols.

    • Lawinger Law Office.

    • The home of Brad and Darlene Williams.

  • School district sells Bresee land

    In a meeting that lasted less than 45 minutes, the Vandalia Board of Education last Tuesday voted to sell two tracts of land and advertise the home currently being built by the building trades class.

    The land, which was donated to the district about five years ago by former resident Dick Breesee, sold for $90,000 for a 15.2-acre tract (with a cabin) and $295,000 for a 138-acre tract. The property is located near the Brownstown exit on Interstate 70.

  • Black assesses tenure as county board chairman

    Dean Black knows that some of the decisions he was involved in while serving as chairman of the Fayette County Board – including the sale of the county's coal rights – were not well received by some residents of the county.

    But Black, who resigned earlier this month after five years as the board chairman, said that his priority was always doing the best he could to serve all residents of the county.

    Black, who served as a District 7 representative on the board for nine years, said he feels good about his tenure as the board chairman, for several reasons.

  • KC Vandalia Campus Campaign workers get first look at Simma-Kelly Education Building

    Jack Johnston and Mary Lou Whitten both got a little emotional as they spoke on Tuesday morning to a group of individuals who played key roles in the transformation of the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus from a dream to a reality. And they had good cause.

    For Johnston, it was the fact that the community pulled together to build the 22,000-square-foot educational facility, and that the teamwork throughout the campus campaign will benefit both individuals and the community for many years to come.

  • Lady Vandals off to 2-0 start

    The Vandalia girls basketball team's defense is already in midseason form.

    South Central and Alton Marquette can attest to that after suffering a combined 60 turnovers against the Lady Vandals in their first two games.

    VCHS's offense isn't quite there yet. But thanks to the former, it hasn't mattered, as the Lady Vandals have raced out to a 2-0 start with a pair of defense-dominated double-digit wins.

  • Vandalia Main Street, Whiteman recognized by state

    Vandalia's Main Street Program and its manager were both recognized last week as being among the best in the state.

    A third award presented to the local program honored a new Vandalia business.

    At the 14th annual Illinois Main Street Conference in Danville, Vandalia Main Street was one of six community Main Street programs receiving a Premier designation. Also at the conference, Vandalia Main Street Program Manager Dana Whiteman was one of three finalists for manager of the year.

  • Firm offers to help county get E911

    A Lockport-based company has offered to Fayette County its assistance in making Enhanced 911 phone service available in this county.

    Mike Gende of GenDesign told county board members at their meeting last Tuesday that his company can provide the path to Enhanced 911, and at a monthly rate that is much lower than what was proposed in two earlier referendums in the county.

    Our goal is to help you overcome barriers in making Enhanced 911 phone service available to county residents, Gende said.

  • Two arrested for bank robbery

    A Springfield man is being held by federal authorities and a Springfield woman remains in Fayette County Jail after the couple was arrested for robbing First National Bank in Ramsey last Friday.

    Fayette County States Attorney Stephen Friedel charged James Echols, 32, and Annette F. Michael-Jefferson, 45, with aggravated robbery after the two were apprehended a short time after allegedly taking money from the bank.

  • Two arrested after Ramsey bank robbery

    Two Springfield residents were arrested on charges of aggravated robbery for their alleged part in a robbery of First National Bank in Ramsey.

    In a press release issued Friday evening, Sheriff Aaron Lay said that Jason Echols, 32, and Annette F. Michael Jefferson, 45, were arrested on the robbery charges.

    Lay said his department, along with the Ramsey Police Department, responded at 11:45 a.m. on Friday to a report of a robbery at the bank.

    Assisting those agencies in handling the incident were the Illinois State Police and Pana Police Department.