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  • Now Showing

    Separately, Rick and Maranatha Cripe have established and grown successful businesses. A couple of years ago, Rick brought up the idea of the two going together on a project.

  • Starmax Cinemas opening today (Friday)

    Vandalia's new theater, Starmax Cinemas, is opening today with shows in its four theaters.

  • Ramsey Daze is this weekend

    Thursday

    5-10 p.m.-Carnival; armbands available.
    5-8 p.m.-Face-painting.
    7-10-Free music – Battle Creek

    Friday

  • Red Cross Honors Craig

    At its annual meeting on June 5 in Alton, the Southwestern Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross presented a Community Partnership Award to Kendra Craig, the Fayette County Emergency  Management Agency coordinator.

  • News Briefs

    Summer Lunches for Kids underway

    An expanded and more frequent Summer Lunches for Kids program this week began another year of operation in Fayette County.
    Under that program, free lunches are available to school-age children from 11-11:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from June 9 through Aug. 15.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 12

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board will meet at 4 p.m. in the Rogier Park pavilion on West Fillmore Street.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Operation Emerick

    Pictured are law enforcement officials who participated in the special enforcement patrols for commercial vehicles in memory of Terry Emerick, an Illinois Commerce Commission officer who was killed in the line of duty on Friday, May 25, 1994.

    Those participating included officers with the Vandalia Police Department, Fayette County Sheriff's Office, Illinois State Police, Illinois Secretary of State Police, Illinois Commerce Commission Police and Hillsboro Police Department, as well as Fayette County State's Attorney Joshua Morrison.

  • Relay for Life
  • Local business adds to reward for info on fire

    A local business is teaming up with Fayette County Crimewatchers in offering a reward for information about last month’s fatal fire.
    That fire at High School Apartments in the early morning hours of May 10 claimed the life of one of the complex’s residents, 63-year-old Jerry Voris.
    A State Fire Marshal investigator ruled the fire an arson, and continued to investigate the case with the Vandalia Police Department.

  • County OKs new computer equipment for elections

    About five months before the next election, Fayette County is getting a much-needed upgrade to equipment used for elections.
    The county board approved on Tuesday an agreement with Platinum Technology Resource for that equipment.
    Through the five-year, $60,415 contract, the company will provide the county with new software for voter registration, according to Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun, the county’s election official.