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  • Sharing Memories
  • County maps now online

    Those who have purchased plat books for information about properties in Fayette County now  can get it online.
    Fayette County Supervisor of Assessments Cindi Lotz made a presentation to the county board on Tuesday on what she described as an “electronic plat book.”
    Lotz said a new GIS (Geographic Information System) website – fayetteil.mygisonline.com – that is hosted by The Sidwell Co. and maintained by her office provides the same maps that are available in plat books.

  • Sheriff asks county to add new post

    Some members of the Fayette County Board told Sheriff Chris Smith that based on the county’s financial position, they cannot support his request to hire someone to help him with administrative duties.
    Other members said that they might be willing to re-evaluate that request later this year, if there is improvement in the county’s finances.
    Smith asked the board to consider allowing him to hire an undersheriff, an employee who would have responsibilities similar to a chief deputy but would also have additional duties.

  • Lincoln Day Dinner
  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 5

    ✔ 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 St. Elmo Women's Civic Club meeting for this Thursday has been canceled. The next meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on April 9 and will include a salad supper and membership drive.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Two charged Tuesday with theft of area trailers

    A routine traffic stop on Tuesday led to the arrest of two individuals on charges related to recent trailer thefts in the Fayette County area.
    The office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison filed three charges against Johnny L. Baker, 18, 808 N. 800th St., Shobonier, and also charged theft charges against a local 17-year-old juvenile.
    Baker has been charged with:

  • Winter Hits Hard
  • A big hit for the city?

    A proposal by new Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner could have officials in Vandalia really sharpening their pencils as they draw up a new budget.
    Rauner recently announced that he would like to, as part of dealing with the state’s financial woes, cut in half the amount of income tax that the state gives to municipalities.
    On Monday night, Mayor Rick Gottman said that if Rauner’s proposal becomes reality, that would reduce the amount of the city’s income taxes from the state from $695,964 to $347,922 this year.

  • Sheriff's scholarship available

    The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announces that it will be awarding over $ 53,000 in college scholarships throughout the state to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2015-16 academic year.
    The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and fees only.
    The student applicants must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within Illinois.
    Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith will be awarding one $500 scholarship.

  • Two I-70 projects slated to begin next Monday

    Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner.
    But, in addition to warmer weather, the arrival of spring also signifies the start of road construction season.
    Two projects along Interstate 70 in Fayette County are scheduled to get underway soon, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.
    The first is the improvement of I-70 from milepost 62, a mile east of Vandalia’s eastern exit, to milepost 64.
    That improvement project is slated to begin on Monday and be completed by Nov. 16.