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Today's News

  • Remembering those who sacificed
  • St. Elmo bank closed, assets purchased

    In announcing late last week that it had closed a long-time St. Elmo bank, a state agency also reported that the assets of that bank had been purchased.
    The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced on Friday that it, in cooperation with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., “took possession and control” of Fayette County Bank, which had been in operation since 1915.

  • City preparing to get new plan

    Mayor Rick Gottman concedes that the preparation of a new comprehensive plan for Vandalia is long overdue. But steps are being taken to remedy the situation.

  • Recycling survey

    City water customers have only a few more days to give their input on a water bill surcharge to help fund local recycling services.
    A survey created by FAYCO Enterprises late last week asks water customers to answer five questions, one of them being, “Are you willing to pay $1.25 per month to continue these (recycling) services?”
    The survey also allows those filling out the survey to make comments on the recycling issue.
    The cutoff for that survey is 8 p.m. on Sunday, with customers able to vote online or on paper.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    “Missouri Pete” Eating, Doing Good …
    … but we think he is missing his buddy and pal, “Joe.”
    Pete is very sociable – he wags his tail and jumps around when he sees us, comes to the car for petting when we are leaving or returning, does not bark or “whine.” He is the perfect doggie guest, but where are times when he just seems to be looking a little lonely.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, June 1
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    Monday, June 5
    • MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Tuesday, June 6
    • Friendly Neighbors, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Council of Catholic Women, 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
    Wednesday, June 7
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
    Thursday, June 8

  • Frogtown News

    Mini-Vacation
    Belinda Harpster and Mahala and Harper Jacquin left on Wednesday of last week to drive to Fort Worth, Texas, to the home of Belinda’s nephew, Dustin Kizziar and family. They attended the high school graduation party of Belinda’s great-nephew, Dawson Kizziar.  Belinda’s sister and brother-in-law, Sandy and Terry Kizzar of Gruver, Texas, were also there. They also picked up the French bulldog puppy Poppy that Belinda had bought from a couple in Ponder, Texas. They all returned home on Sunday.

  • BES, Sefton HCE help Ronald McDonald House

    Several years ago, Flo Allen of Brownstown, president of Fayette County Home and Community Education, noticed a barrel in the foyer of the McDonald’s Restaurant in Vandalia, and that it contained pop top aluminum tabs from soda cans. When she went in later, she noticed the barrel was gone, so she asked the owner, Marty Davis about the barrel.

  • School board fills teaching vacancies

    Meeting the final full week of the 2016-17 school year, the Vandalia Board of Education last week handled employment matters related to next year’s faculty lineup.
    The board last Tuesday approved the hiring of Cody Drone for a high school history position, Dana Kern for junior high health, Jessica Sprehe and Whitney Huggins for pre-kindergarten at Vandalia Elementary School and Amanda Moloney as district band instructor.
    The board also accepted the resignation of high school English teacher Rachel Miller.
    Also at last week’s meeting:

  • Addresses being verified for E911

    The work to getting Enhanced 911 emergency phone service available for Fayette County residents is continuing with address verification.
    Kevin Jenne, the county’s E911 coordinator, announced late last week that over the next few weeks, the E911 office will be calling certain phone numbers to verify the addresses where the specific phone service is located.
    Jenne said that the E911 office is working with companies that provide telephone service in the area to clean up phone records that will be used with the landline E911 service.