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  • Aldermen, Filer discuss matters related to city water supply

    The Vandalia City Council discussed just about all aspects of the city’s water distribution during its Monday meeting.
    The discussion started when Alderman Dorothy Crawford, chairman of the council’s water and sewer committee, reported on a “massive leak” late last week that “almost emptied both towers.”

  • Early voting now available at county clerk's office

    Due to a ruling handed down by the Illinois Apellate Court, the Fayette County Clerk and Recorder’s office is now open for early voting for the March 20 primary general election.
    Early voting is available in room 106 in the Fayette County Courthouse from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, through 4 p.m. on Monday, March 19.
    Grace period voting is available until 7 p.m. on election night, March 20.

     

  • We Apologize

    As a matter of clarification, the apartment complex mentioned in a story about a shooting incident in last week's issue is owned by Heart and Homes, not Heart and Home Realty.
    We apologize for any misunderstanding.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 8

    ✔ Evans Public Library’s Homeschool Group will meet from 1-2 p.m. Anyone intersted in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.

    Friday, March 2

    ✔ The Vandalia Moose Lodge will hold a chicken and fish dinner from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person.
    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.

  • Paying Tribute
  • FIT kits making a difference

    Early numbers show that the Fayette County Health Department’s aggressive approach toward the prevention and early treatment of colorectal cancer is being successful.
    Since beginning to offer FIT (fecal immunochemical testing) kits at the beginning of October, the health department has passed out 61 kits.
    Of the 60 kits that were tests, 20 showed abnormalities, a positivity rate of 33 percent, well above the national rate of 7-13 percent.

  • Murder trial set for June

    A jury trial for the St. Peter man who was arrested on murder charges last August has been sent to begin on June 18.

  • Guilty in child pornography case

    A Vandalia man who was found guilty on child pornography charges last week could, under Illinois law, be sentenced to more than 100 years in prison.

  • St. Elmo Legion honors Lowe for his service during WWII

    A St. Elmo man who served in the Navy during World War II was honored last Tuesday by American Legion Post No. 420 in St. Elmo.

  • Judge denies Baker request for a lighter sentence

    A judge has denied the request for a lighter sentence sought by a Loogootee man who murdered his neighbors while he was a teen.
    In a docket entry made filed last Wednesday, Judge Allan Lolie stated his reasons for denying Clifford W. Baker’s motion for reconsideration of his sentence.
    Baker, now 23, was convicted in October 2011 of fatally shooting neighbors John Michael “Mike” Mahon and Debra Tish while they slept in their Loogootee home in the early morning hours of Aug. 4, 2010.