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  • Tools for School taking donations

    Tools for School, a program for only Fayette County in-need students to select free school supplies, is working on its 2014 fundraising campaign.
    Last year, more than 600 school children – kindergarten through junior high, from Brownstown, Farina, Ramsey, St. Elmo, St. Peter and Vandalia – were served by Tools for School.
    Monetary donations received from businesses, churches, organizations and individuals are used to purchase notebooks, paper, pens, crayons and other supplies noted on the Fayette County school supply lists.

  • Briefs

    Brownstown firefighters not soliciting

    The Brownstown Fire Department has learned about a scam in which callers say that they are representatives of the BFD and are soliciting donations.
    Anyone receiving phone calls seeking donations to the department should not agree to make donations.
    A representative of the department said that the BFD does not solicit  donations.

    VFW Auxiliary raffling quilt

  • We Apologize

    Kevin Aukamp of rural Vandalia was listed in last week's Public Record as having been arrested for driving under the influence and improper lane usage. The charges were subsequently dismissed at the request of the Fayette County State's Attorney's Office. We apologise for the error.

  • CEFS will take IHEAP applications in July

    The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program will begin taking applications for summer energy assistance on July 7, and will conclude on July 23 or when funds are exhausted.
    Appointments for the first day of the program can be scheduled on July 3.
    Appointments will be set on a first-come, first-served basis until the available funding is gone.

  • Pool fundraiser goes swimmingly

    Strong community participation made the latest efforts of the Vandalia Swimming Pool staff to raise funds for necessary pool renovations a success.

  • A sign of the times

    Brownstown’s emergency responders have undertaken a project that will help them to better serve the residents of that area.

  • Major I-70 project

    Illinois’ governor is scheduled to announce on Thursday a major road project in Fayette County.
    The office of Gov. Pat Quinn said on Wednesday that the governor will announce capital investments of more than $19.6 million to build two new Interstate 70 bridges over the Kaskaskia River near Vandalia.
    Funded the governor’s “Illinois Jobs Now!” program, Quinn said that the project is part of his commitment to creating jobs and improving the state’s economy.”

  • Fire causes significant damage to home

    A fire believed to be electrical in nature caused significant damage to a Vandalia home on Monday afternoon.

  • Amateur Radio Week is observed next week

    Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate.

  • Coroner handles two deaths on Wednesday

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen handled two cases on Wednesday.

    Bowen said on Wednesday evening that John Bolyard, 68, of rural Ramsey, was working on a combi9ne on Wednesday morning when he collapsed. Bowen pronounced Bolyard dead at the scene at 11:13 a.m.

    Bowen also reported on Wednesday evening that Harold "Matt" Gillett, 33, of Vernon, was found dead in his pickup truck near the Vandalia Lake Marina. Bowen said that Gillett died from a gunshot wound that believed to be self-inflicted.