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    Pet supplies accepted for library fines through Aug. 19

    In celebration of its summer reading program, “Paws to Read,” Evans Public Library will be accepting donations of pet supplies in place of fines or lost book charges.
    The library will collect donations through Aug. 19. All items will be donated to Second Chance Animal Rescue.
    For every item donated, $1 in fines or charges will be removed. New or gently used items accepted include blankets, rawhides, food bowls, treats, leashes and collars.

  • Food Bank in St. Elmo this Saturday morning

    The Central Illinois Food Bank will return to Fayette County on Saturday with the fourth food distribution of the year.
    This distribution will take place at the Pinnacle Foods parking lot at 10 a.m., rain or shine, and run until all food is distributed.
    Volunteers are asked to arrive between 9 and 9:30. Support for this Food Bank distribution is being provided in part by the St. Elmo Lions Club.

  • Young Fundraisers

    The children at Amy Pittenger's day care in Brownstown operated a lemonade stand last Tuesday to raise money for Second Chance Animal Rescue.

    The children raised $105 for Second Chance by selling passersby cool drinks and cookies. Above, from left to right, are 4-year-olds Ella Satterthwaite, Ariana Kistler and Addison Koonce. Also participating was Kinley Fitch.

  • County OKs fund transfer, warns of personnel cuts

    A month ago, Fayette County Board members turned down yet another fund transfer to meet payroll and other expenses, saying they needed to come up with an alternative way to deal with ongoing shortfalls.
    But, on Tuesday, they approved another $250,000 transfer from the capital improvement fund to meet August obligations, which has included three payrolls.
    One of the issues, board Chairman Steve Knebel pointed out prior to the transfer vote, is that they have recently learned that interfund loans must be paid back.

  • 15 years for sex crime

    An Opdyke man who pleaded guilty three months ago to a Class X sex crime has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

  • PTELL not going to county voters

    After a lengthy discussion that included comments on both sides of the issue, the Fayette County Board voted almost unanimously not to put a tax issue on the ballot in November.
    The board voted 10-2 on Tuesday not to put on the general election ballot a referendum on the state’s Property Tax Extension Limitation Law.

  • Fun at the Fair
  • Counting the Days

    One can tell by her expression that Avery Cearlock, 5, is excited about the start of another school year.

    Avery was among the youths being registered on Tuesday at Vandalia Junior High School. The first day of student attendance  in the Vandalia School District is Tuesday, Aug. 19.

  • Bios of inaugural recipients of Distinguished Alumni Award

    WARREN 'HUB' SPERRY
    Warren Sperry, a 1964 graduate of Vandalia High School and of Eastern Illinois University in 1968, served as the Paris High School band director from 1968-99.
    During that time, he was inducted into the National High School Band Directors Hall of Fame because of “standards of scholarship, musicianship and leadership in the world of high school band music.”

  • Council OKs two demolitions

    Having expressed a desire in the past year to step up efforts to demolish dilapidated buildings, Vandalia aldermen approved two such projects on Monday.
    The city council accepted the low bids for demolition projects on Shelby Avenue and South Seventh Street.
    Dwayne Barker of Brownstown, with a bid of $3,750, was approved for demolition of a house at 119 S. Shelby Ave., and the council accepted the bid of $8,500 from Environmental Audits and Consultants of Brownstown for a demolition project at 604 S. Seventh St.