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  • Survey says: 54.5% favor surcharge

    Now that they have the results of a recycling survey in their hands, Vandalia aldermen will likely have two weeks to study them before acting on the proposal for a recycling surcharge.
    The results of that 11-day survey, presented by Kim Taylor, executive director of FAYCO Enterprises, show that 392 people voted either online or on paper.
    Of those voting, 307 are city water customers, and of those, 54.55 percent support a surcharge to city water bills to support the recycling programs offered by FAYCO and the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District.

  • Sunday storm hits area hard

    Standing outside her destroyed home just eight hours after firefighters rescued her from it, Patti West said, “We’re lucky.”

  • Some county precincts are being combined

    Fayette County has combined election precincts, as approved at the May 9 meeting of the Fayette County Board. The board unanimously voted to consolidate six of the voting precincts, with the decision resulting in a cost savings for the taxpayers of Fayette County.
    The precincts of Avena 1 and 2, Otego 1 and 2 and Ramsey 1 and 2 shall be referred to as Avena 1, Otego 1 and Ramsey 1.
    This will not negatively affect the services or representation of the citizens of these precincts.
    All polling locations and voting districts will remain the same.

  • Class X felony charged in DUI case

    A Missouri man who was initially taken into custody on multiple charges after allegedly driving a vehicle that hit a road sign now faces a Class X felony charge.
    Vandalia Police responded last Thursday to a report of a hit-and-run accident at the off-ramp of Interstate 70 at the 61-mile exit. Vandalia Police reported that a motorist had struck a sign on the off-ramp and then continued driving.

  • Tools for School under way

    Once again, the Tools for School program, which provides free school supplies to Fayette County students who need help, is under way.
    Step one is to receive donations from individuals, churches, businesses, clubs and others. Gifts of money enable the purchase of exactly what the teachers indicated their students need. Any groups wishing to donate can contact First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia (283-0937) to see what is needed.

  • New plat books available at SWCD office in Vandalia

    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.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 22

    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department Hospice grief support group meets from 6-7 p.m. at the health department,  416 W. Edwards St., Vandalia. For more information, contact hospice coordinator Jami Lockart at 283-7262.
    ✔ 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.

  • Foodbank Distribution in St. Elmo
  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 15

    ✔ 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, June 16

  • Briefs

    Tools for School begins fundraising campaign

    Tools for School, a program for only Fayette County in-need students to select free school supplies, is beginning its work for 2017 with a fundraising campaign.
    Last year, about 500 school children pre-kindergarten through junior college from Brownstown, Farina, Ramsey, St. Elmo, St. Peter and Vandalia were served by the Tools for School program.