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  • Ramsey Park latest state budget victim

    The Ramsey Lake State Park is among the latest casualties of the state’s budget impasse.
    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced late last week that the state park north of Ramsey and Horseshoe Lake State Park near Granite City were “closed indefinitely,” with vendors at the state parks being among those not being paid due to the ongoing impasse in Springfield.

  • Building a playground together

    When it was determined that the playground area at Vandalia Elementary School needed improvements, parents, teachers, local businesses and volunteers stepped forward to address that issue.

  • Y's Healthy Kids Day is Saturday

    On Saturday, from 9 a.m.-noon, the Family YMCA of Fayette County is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. This year marks the 25th annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well being for kids and families.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 28

    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers Association meets at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. All Fayette County retired teachers are invited to attend. Jim Barr, Region 13 director, and LaVonne Chaney, Region 13 legislative representative, are scheduled to speak. Information about future local and regional meetings will be distributed during the meeting. For more information, contact Diane Curll, 283-0492.

  • KC hosting free family violence training

    The Kaskaskia College Industrial and Continuing Education Department is partnering with the Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council from the Fourth Judicial Circuit for a free training for EMS personnel, first responders and home health care providers on Thursday, May 5, from 1-4 p.m. in the Life Long Learning Center on the Kaskaskia College main campus.

  • Remembering Loved Ones
  • Farmers can seek assistance for damage from flooding

    The flooding in late December has caused producers in Fayette County to suffer damage to their farmland. Now, producers may be eligible for cost-share assistance under the ECP program to rehabilitate farmland damaged by the flooding.
    This disaster program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, which provides assistance to producers if the damage is so severe that it is too costly to restore themselves.
    Assistance may include removing debris, grading, shaping, or releveling farmland or restoring conservation structures.  

  • The low-speed vehicle ordinance rejected by the Fayette County Board

    ORDINANCE NO. 2016-04-14-D
    AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE OPERATION OF LOW SPEED VEHICLES WITHIN THE LIMITS OF FAYETTE COUNTY
    WHEREAS, Fayette County, Illinois (the “County”), has heretofore been duly organized and is now operating as a county under the provisions of the Illinois counties code, and all laws mandatory thereof and supplementary thereto (the “Code”); and

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, April 21

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
    ✔ 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

    Saturday, April 23

  • Another county fund transfer narrowly passes

    As the Fayette County Board approved yet another loan from its capital improvement fund last Thursday, one board member said that the county is only continuing to make such transfers without a plan.
    The board barely approved a $145,742 transfer from that fund so the county could make a workers’ compensation and liability insurance payment, with the vote being 7-6.