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  • Tuesday deadline for FSA nominations

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency acting state executive director for Illinois, Richard L. Graden, is reminding farmers and ranchers that they have until next Tuesday to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.
    County committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers in their communities to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level.

  • Alumni event one of three on Sept. 30

    This year’s All-School Reunion held by the Vandalia Alumni and Friends Foundation will be part of a day full of activities in Vandalia.
    The reunion will be held in the evening of Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Vandalia Moose Lodge, under the following schedule:
    • Social hour – 5-6:30 p.m.
    • Dinner – 6:30-8 p.m. The menu includes fried chicken, ham, beef and noodles, twice-baked potato, green beans, carrots, farmer’s salad, rolls and pie.
    • Distinguished Alumni Award presentation – 8 p.m. (See Page 1B)

  • Disturbances cause delay in trial

    A bench trial has been set for a St. Elmo man jailed on drug charges who has been disruptive in court during recent pretrial hearings.

  • Flying to the Top

    Having completed two years at Kaskaskia College, Bryan Radliff was headed to Southern Illinois University for a degree in administration of justice.
    Although the 1984 graduate of Vandalia Community High School was unsure about a career once he finished college with his bachelor’s degree, he was sure of one thing that he really liked doing.
    Thus, it may have been more than a coincidence that in the SIU course catalog, aerospace science was listed near administration of justice.

  • Route 51 wreck results in fatality

    A Dixon man sustained fatal injuries in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Route 51 south of Vandalia last Friday afternoon.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 20

    ✔ The story for the story time at the Vandalia Statehouse at 10 a.m. is "Lily's Victory Garden." After the story, local master naturalist Brad Brannon will give a demonstration, and children will plant their own seeds.
    ✔ 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.

  • Fair Weather Fun
  • Man removed from sentencing

    A Farina man was sentenced to prison last week for damage he allegedly caused while housed in the Fayette County Jail, but he wasn’t in the courtroom to hear the sentence.
    That’s because the sentencing judge ordered Darrel K. Moulton, 35, removed from the courtroom for his behavior.
    Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor sentenced Moulton to four years in prison last Tuesday, about two months after Moulton signed an open plea on a charge of criminal damage to government-supported property.

  • Program can pull criminal activity from electronics

    The Fayette County State’s Attorney’s Office will use bond money that the county received in a child pornography case to help in the investigation in that and other types of criminal offenses.
    The county board approved the $15,000 purchase of the computer program, which Assistant State’s Attorney Brenda Mathis explained is used “in the investigation and apprehension of individuals who have (illegal) things on their phones.”

  • Consultant to help county with finances

    Having discussed for some time possible ways to address its financial struggles, the Fayette County Board last week decided to bring in someone who pledged to make improvements.
    The board approved an agreement with Bloomington-based Bellwether LLC after Bruce DeLashmit laid out in writing how his firm can help the county’s financial standing.
    Board members approved that agreement one month after agreeing to have Bellwether perform a cost study on the operations of the county’s sheriff and county clerk offices.