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Local News

  • Republicans hold annual Lincoln Day dinner

    The area congressional representative who is facing a challenge in the March primary focused on what he sees as some of his accomplishments during a party event in Fayette County on Saturday.

  • A Welcome Addition

    About two weeks after Fayette County Hospital began using its new addition, hospital staff welcomed hundreds of county residents interested in looking at the final product of the 16-month project.

  • I-70 concerns

    Representatives of local emergency response agencies met with an Illinois Department of Transportation representative on Tuesday afternoon to voice concerns about traffic flow as the replacement of a second bridge on Interstate 70 gets under way.
    Specifically addressed during that 45-minute meeting at Vandalia’s Public Safety Building was the possibility of emergency responders to get to an accident or other incident in the area west of the bridge construction.

  • SWCD tree sale now under way

    It is tree sale time!
    The Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District has ordered large quantities of trees, and those available this year include white pine, Norway spruce and Douglas fir.
    The white pine and Norway spruce make very good windbreaks. They both grow relatively fast and have a fairly good survival rate.  

  • Vandalia man gets six years for meth charge

    A Vandalia man was sentenced to six years in prison on Tuesday upon pleading guilty to a methamphetamine charge.
    Daniel R. Tedrick, 30, pleaded guilty to participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, 15-100 grams, a Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

  • Vandalia Police investigating case of possible child abuse

    The Vandalia Police Department reported on Tuesday that it is investigating a possible child abuse.
    Chief Jeff Ray said that at 2:01 p.m. last Thursday, officers responded to a medical facility on a report of possible child abuse.
    Ray said that a 3½-month child had been transported to Fayette County Hospital for treatment, and that due to the seriousness of the child’s injuries, the VPD activated the Illinois Child Death Task Force.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Feb. 25

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group will meet from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ 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, Feb. 26

  • Open House at FCH
  • Low-speed vehicles

    Those who attended a meeting held on Tuesday to fine tune a possible low-speed vehicle ordinance for Fayette County realized that it could take several meetings to accomplish that task.
    That is, if those involved believe that they will ultimately be presenting a drafted ordinance to the Fayette County Board for a vote.

  • Remembering a Brother

    Officers, friends, family and community members in Caruthersville, Mo., gathered on Friday, Jan. 29, to celebrate and remember the life of officer Evan Burns.