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Local News

  • Knebel, Beckman retained as county leaders

    With the Republicans maintaining majority control of the Fayette County Board, the board’s leadership remains unchanged for the next two years.

  • Posing Pooches

    Santa Paws, an annual event held by Diekemper Photography to raise money for Second Chance Animal Rescue, generated more than $900 for the rescue, along with some treats for rescue animals, on Sunday afternoon.

    In the first photo, Cindy Simmons of the Second Chance, tries to direct one of Sunday's models toward photographer Megan Diekemper. In the second photo, Diekemper reviews photos of one of more than 60 pets shot on Sunday.

  • Two events this weekend at Statehouse

    For the second year in a row, the Vandalia Statehouse is hosting two holiday events on one weekend.

  • Carryover keeps county in black

    A month after postponing action on a new budget, to allow for last-minute adjustments to the document, the Fayette County Board approved that budget.

  • VES Holiday Event

    Brylee Conway gets help from her aunt, Shelby Manuel, while drafting a Letter to Santa at the VES Winter Wonderland.

  • Contest Benefits Caring & Sharing

    The Fayette County Sheriff's Office held a No-Shave November Contest, with employees who wished to grow facial hair picking a local charity and collecting donations.

    All of the money raised went to the charity of the employee collecting the most money. Hans Christian, right, collected $1,722, which meant that all of the money raised by the department, $2,219, when to Christian's charity, Fayette County Caring & Sharing. Above, from left, are retiring sheriff Aaron L. Lay, Caring and Sharing volunteer Michelle Johnson Kelly and Christian.

  • Issuing the Oath

    Fayette County's new sheriff, Chris Smith, issues the oath of office to all of his deputies during a training session on Tuesday in the basement of the county jail.

  • Taking the Oath
  • Filer named to public works post

    An employee of Vandalia’s public works department for more than two decades has been chosen to head up that department.

  • Judge mulls Lake House motions

    A judge is considering two motions in the city of Vandalia’s lawsuit against a couple operating a restaurant on Vandalia Lake, including one that seeks a judgment against the city.
    During a hearing on Monday in Fayette County Circuit Court, Judge Michael D. McHaney heard arguments on two motions filed by the attorney for Steve and Latisha Mabry.
    In one of those motions, the Mabrys’ attorney, David Cates of Swansea, is asking for a summary judgment in the case filed by the city in June of last year.