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  • Fair gets under way this weekend

    This year’s edition of the Fayette County Fair gets under way this weekend at the fairgrounds in Brownstown with the start of the 4-H show on Saturday and a truck and tractor pull on Sunday.
    The grandstand schedule for this year’s fair is:
    • Sunday – Truck and tractor pull at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-1, with pit passes costing $15.
    • Monday – Miss Fayette County and Little Miss Fayette County pageant at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-11.

  • Five are injured in early morning wreck on I-70

    Five of six individuals riding in a van that crashed on Interstate 70 at Vandalia last Wednesday required medical treatment.

  • Tuesday wreck closes section of I-70

    An Ohio man was airlifted to a Springfield hospital with serious injuries sustained in a Tuesday afternoon accident that halted traffic on a section of Interstate 70 near Vandalia.

  • Feeding Time

    Dawson Sikma feeds a goat as he and other participants in the summer reading program at Evans Public Library in Vandalia enjoy Anna Taylor's petting zoo.

  • New city budget will have 3 deficit funds

    The Vandalia City Council will be voting next Monday on a budget that includes deficits in three areas and an overall deficit of close to $200,000.
    During a work session held on Monday afternoon, Mayor Rick Gottman told aldermen that the proposed budget has deficits in the water and sewer, capital improvement and payroll funds.
    The water and sewer fund deficit of $98,281, can be largely attributed to the increased cost of supplies and the replacement of water department pumps that are 30 and 40 years old.

  • Circle K request nixed

    A request from Circle K for a license that would allow gaming devices and the sale of liquor at its Vandalia store died quietly on Monday evening.
    There was silence when Mayor Rick Gottman asked if there was a second on a motion by Alderman Jerry Swarm to increase the number of Class A business licenses from one to two.
    Three times Gottman asked for a second on the motion, and three times, there was no response.
    With that, Circle K’s request was rejected.

  • County fund transfer voted down

    In recent years, members of the Fayette County Board have said that they have got to stop using money set aside for capital improvements to meet payroll and other expenses.
    On Tuesday night, they voted to do just that … at least for the time being.
    After a 45-minute discussion, the board voted 8-4 to reject a plan to transfer $250,000 from the capital improvement fund for regular expenses.

  • FAYCO day camp has special visitor

    About 200 clients of FAYCO Enterprises from Vandalia and Hillsboro were surprised to see a special visitor at their day camp on Friday, June 20.

  • ISP announces alternative option for CCL applications

    Illinois State Police officials announced on Monday that an alternative application option to apply for a Concealed Carry License is now available for those individuals without computer access.
    Applicants can contact the ISP Firearms Services Customer Service Center phone line at (217) 782-7980 and provide a FSB call taker with the same CCL application information that is currently required through the CCL online process.

  • Briefs

    Pool open 1-5 p.m. on Fourth of July

    The Vandalia Swimming Pool will be open from 1-5 p.m. this Friday, the Fourth of July.

    Take garage sales signs down after sales