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Today's News

  • Sunday storm hits area hard

    Standing outside her destroyed home just eight hours after firefighters rescued her from it, Patti West said, “We’re lucky.”

  • Survey says: 54.5% favor surcharge

    Now that they have the results of a recycling survey in their hands, Vandalia aldermen will likely have two weeks to study them before acting on the proposal for a recycling surcharge.
    The results of that 11-day survey, presented by Kim Taylor, executive director of FAYCO Enterprises, show that 392 people voted either online or on paper.
    Of those voting, 307 are city water customers, and of those, 54.55 percent support a surcharge to city water bills to support the recycling programs offered by FAYCO and the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District.

  • Results of Recycling Survey

    • 329 responses – 63 on paper, 392 online.
    #1 – Do you use the recycling drop-off centers in Vandalia – Yes, 246; No, 146.
    #2 – Select which recycling center(s) you use – traditional, 235; electronic, 139; neither, 133.
    #3 – Are you a Vandalia water customer? Yes, 307; No, 83.
    #4 – Are you willing to pay $1.25 per month to continue these services? Yes, 168; No, 140; Not applicable, 80.
    #5 – Analysis removing “Not Applicable” – Yes, 168 (54.55%); No, 140 (45.45%).

  • Saturday lake meeting is only 'informational

    The city of Vandalia has invited homeowners of the lake area to a meeting on Saturday morning to discuss its options with leased lots on the south side of the lake.
    That 10 a.m. meeting at city hall, Mayor Rick Gottman said, “is for informational purposes only, to get the input of the people at the lake.
    “I’ve had people approach me and ask if there’s any way that they could annex into the city,” Gottman said.
    “Also, there are people come to me wanting to know what it would take to buy their (land),” the mayor said.

  • Sentence of 11 1/2 years in sexual assault case

    A Farina man last Friday agreed to a prison term of 11½ years upon pleading guilty to a count of predatory criminal sexual assault.

  • Readers' photos of storm damage in the county
  • Class X felony charged in DUI case

    A Missouri man who was initially taken into custody on multiple charges after allegedly driving a vehicle that hit a road sign now faces a Class X felony charge.
    Vandalia Police responded last Thursday to a report of a hit-and-run accident at the off-ramp of Interstate 70 at the 61-mile exit. Vandalia Police reported that a motorist had struck a sign on the off-ramp and then continued driving.

  • Some county precincts are being combined

    Fayette County has combined election precincts, as approved at the May 9 meeting of the Fayette County Board. The board unanimously voted to consolidate six of the voting precincts, with the decision resulting in a cost savings for the taxpayers of Fayette County.
    The precincts of Avena 1 and 2, Otego 1 and 2 and Ramsey 1 and 2 shall be referred to as Avena 1, Otego 1 and Ramsey 1.
    This will not negatively affect the services or representation of the citizens of these precincts.
    All polling locations and voting districts will remain the same.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 22

    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department Hospice grief support group meets from 6-7 p.m. at the health department,  416 W. Edwards St., Vandalia. For more information, contact hospice coordinator Jami Lockart at 283-7262.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

  • New plat books available at SWCD office in Vandalia

    The new 2017 Fayette County Plat Book is now available from the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District.
    The new plat book, published by Rockford Map Publishers, accurately displays parcel boundaries, acreage data, roadways, waterways, railways, section lines, municipal boundaries and recreational areas, and includes an index to landowners.
    A 3D aerial map lies opposite each township parcel map, and is useful in providing a quick gauge to the use of a particular parcel.