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Today's News

  • Olde Tyme Christmas is this Friday

    Vandalia Main Street Program Activities

    • 5:30 p.m. – Lamplighter, accompanied by carolers, lights the storefronts on Gallatin Street.

    • 6 p.m. – Lighting of community Christmas tree at Seventh and Gallatin streets.

    • 6:30 p.m. – Children's story time at Evans Public Library.

    • Other activities between 5 and 8 p.m. – Strolling carolers, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, free horse-drawn carriage rides, chainsaw-carved ice sculptures, photos with Santa and silent action play of the nativity.

    Also Downtown

  • York gets 25 years in prison

    A rural Ramsey man who was convicted last month of killing his unborn child will serve more than 20 years in prison.

    Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm approved on Monday a sentencing agreement that includes a 20-year prison term for Michael York.

    Also part of the sentence is a five-year prison term for a conviction on a charge of aggravated battery.

    At the conclusion of a two-day trial in October, a Fayette County jury deliberated for about three hours before returning guilty verdicts on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated battery.

  • County board OKs loan to FCHD for new building after long discussion

    After a lengthy discussion during which some members spoke out against the Fayette County Health Department's choice for a new home, the Fayette County Board approved on Thursday a $400,000 loan for the renovation of that facility.

    The board was asked to approve a loan which would be used to make renovations to the building in the 400 block of West Edwards Street that formerly housed Leo Brown Lumber.

    The board approved the loan in a 13-3 vote, with Dan Barenfanger, Jeff Beckman and Dean Bernhardt casting dissenting votes.

  • Clark picks up mayoral petition; Black considering run for city council

    A former member and chairman of the Fayette County Board is considering a run for a seat on the Vandalia City Council, and a former Vandalia businessman is considering a run for mayor.

    According to information from City Clerk Peggy Bowen, Dean Black has picked up candidacy papers for a Ward II seat on the council.

    The Ward II seat had been occupied by Barbie Elliott until her resignation this past summer.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, November 13

    4 The Fayette County Farm Bureau will host stroke and vascular screening from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 21 Mattes Ave., Vandalia. Tests will be offered for strokes; abdominal aortic aneurysms, peripheral vascular disease and osteoporosis. The cost is $40 for one test, $100 for three tests and $120 for all four tests. Appointments are necessary and may be made by calling 877-732-8258.

  • Hobbie off to great start, Bell finishing strong

    Eric Hobbie's season has just started, and Rachel Bell is getting ready to close out a great cross country season.

    One thing is certain: better things are on the horizon for both Vandalia grads.

  • Comets pull away late, end Vandals' season

    Three factors kept the Vandalia football team from elevating a great 2008 season into, perhaps, the greatest season in program history on Saturday: turnovers, penalties - and arch rival Greenville's ability to take advantage of both.

    It all added up to a nasty case of dj vu for the Vandals in a season-ending 28-10 loss.

  • St. Elmo project shows initiative

    It's no secret that our country is going through some difficult economic times. In the midst of that climate, many small, rural communities are doing whatever they can to preserve and attract jobs. In St. Elmo, city officials and residents are joining an Effingham man to take on a project that could greatly enhance their community.

  • John Wakefield an early force in county

    Early this fall I attended a garage sale at Rob and Doris Wehrle’s on U.S. Route 51. While Rob took my husband to the back shed to show him some records he had for sale, I looked everything over pretty well, and settled on a box of back-issue Country Living and Colonial Home magazines.

    Happy with my purchase, we trotted off home and I spent the next several days leafing through the mostly 1999 and 2002 issues.

  • Petition work for April election under way

    Though Fayette County residents just went to the polls last week, a number of people are already looking toward the next election.

    Those individuals include Rick Gottman, who is planning to seek a third term as mayor of Vandalia.

    At the consolidated election on April 7 of next year, county residents will be electing mayors or village presidents, as well as half of the city councils or village boards in their communities.

    Also on the April ballot are seats on area school boards and park districts.