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Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – An open house was being held at the new Vandalia Correctional Center work camp.
    Vandalia Police stepped up patrols around elementary schools after a 7-year-old student at Lincoln School reported that a man attempted to abduct her while she was walking home from school.
    The Fayette County Farm Bureau conducted its annual crop survey. The survey netted estimated yields of 108 bushels per acre for corn and 32.75 bushels per acre for soybeans.

  • Remembering my sister's life

    My sister died Saturday morning at about 3 o’clock. After receiving the call and being unable to sleep, I began to think that I really didn’t know her that well.

  • St. Elmo Labor Day Celebration
  • Survey says: 162, corn; 50.74, beans

    If the group of about 30 people that canvassed Fayette County last Thursday are on target – and they usually are – county farmers can expect some good yields come harvest time.

  • Council given two options on water, sewerage rates

    The Vandalia City Council will have at least two options to consider on water and sewerage rates for the coming year.
    Those two options – increases of 15.18 or 3.11 percent for water and 6.05 or no increase for sewerage – were presented as Dale Timmermann and Tricia Elam of Timmermann and Co. Ltd. presented the annual city audit report on Tuesday.
    If the council takes no action at its Sept. 19 meeting, the water rate will increase by 15.18 percent and the sewerage rate by 6.05 percent.

  • Sid File shares her battle with ovarian cancer

    “Listen, It Whispers” are the words Sid File, an ovarian cancer survivor, opened her story with as she talked about the ovarian cancer awareness program being held this Saturday by Fayette County Home and Community Education.

  • Reward offered for VCHS audio system theft

    The Vandalia Police Department is asking for help in finding out who stole the audio equipment from Mark Greer Field at Vandalia Community High School.
    And it’s paying good money to the person who can give them that information.
    Police Chief Jeff Ray said that the police department is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone giving information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who stole the audio equipment.

  • CEFS given emergency food, shelter funds

    Fayette County has been chosen to receive $4,266 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
    The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; Jewish Federations of North America; Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide.

  • Pregame Performance
  • Layton receives CEFS scholarship

    C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation, Board of Directors recently awarded $8,000 in educational scholarships to nine individuals who are pursuing post-secondary education.