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  • Hammer set to plead next week

    A Vandalia woman who was charged in March of last year with seriously injuring her infant child said last week that she intends to plead guilty in the near future.

  • Changing of the Guard
  • FCHD to offer FIT screening for colorectal cancer

    Rhonda Andrews knows first-hand the importance of early detection of colon cancer, and the administrator of the Fayette County Health Department wants to make it easier for local residents to be tested.
    Andrews, who lost her husband to colon cancer about two years ago, is a member of numerous colon cancer coalitions, and was at a presentation about the Fecal Immunochemical Testing Project starting up in primary care centers.

  • Hagy announces run for treasurer

    Within just two days of the Fayette County treasurer announcing that she would not seek re-election next year, a Vandalia woman told of her intent to seek that office.

  • A big weekend in the community

    Vandalia Community High School is celebrating homecoming this weekend with a variety of activities, but there is also a lot going on in this area.

  • Bullying

    While she addressed the Vandalia Board of Education on the issue of bullying, the parent of a student in the local school system said it will take the entire community to address that issue.
    And after Megan Wilson finished reading a written statement prepared for last Tuesday’s meeting, Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Rich Well said that Wilson had been invited to join the district’s student discipline committee.

  • Nine years in meth case

    A St. Elmo man who was not present when convicted last month on drug charges was also not in court for his sentencing hearing last Friday. But, this time, it was not his decision.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 28

    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. All retired teachers are invited. For more information, contact Diane Curll at 283-0492.
    ✔ The Evans Public Library's Homeschool group meets from 1-2 p.m. at the library. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at 283-2824.

    Friday, September 29

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 21

    ✔ 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.

  • Death now investigated as a homicide

    Several hours after press time on Wednesday, Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen announced that the death of a rural Brownstown man is now being investigated by his office and the Illinois State Police as a homicide.

    James "Jim" Skinner, 56, of Brownstown, was found dead in his home on Sunday, and at that, Bowen said that the death was suspicious in nature.