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Today's News

  • County settles with insurance trust

    After two years of haggling, Fayette County is on the verge of breaking its ties to a group that formerly provided health insurance for this and other nearby counties.

    The Fayette County Board voted on Tuesday to give board Chairman Steve Knebel the authority to sign an agreement for a settlement with the Illinois Counties Insurance Trust.

    The county’s approval of that settlement will not become final until after the Coles County Board, one of three counties that initiated litigation against ICIT, takes action on the settlement proposal.

  • Only a few attend E911 public hearing

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    public hearing held on Monday to educate Fayette County residents about the Enhanced 911 referendum on the general election ballot drew only several people, the majority of whom are already well educated on the emergency phone system.

    “It (the turnout) was quite disappointing,” Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel said at Tuesday’s county board meeting.

    Knebel said he doesn’t know what the light turnout means, “but I hope it means that people have already decided to pass it.”

  • Law enforcement agencies join for CrimeWatchers program

    Law enforcement agencies in Fayette County are teaming up to reinstitute a program through which county residents get paid to help fight crime.

    But the program will be known under a different name.

    Fayette County had been a participant in the CrimeStoppers program, but the county lost its certification a couple of years ago through lack of activity.

  • SAFE holding purse fundraiser

    SAFE (Sexual Assault & Family Emergencies) is holding a purse fundraiser in conjunction with this year's Olde Tyme Christmas in downtown Vandalia, and it's looking for participation by area residents.

    SAFE is accepting new or slightly used purses and bags for the fundraiser, which will be held from 5-8 p.m. during Vandalia Main Street's Olde Tyme Christmas.

    Purses and bags may be dropped off at SAFE's three locations – Vandalia, 1410 Sunset Drive; Effingham, 1108 S. Willow; and Centralia, 730 E. Second St.

    For more information, call SAFE, 283-1414.

  • E911 public meeting is Monday

    A public informational meeting on the Enhanced 911 referendum that will be on the November general election ballot is Monday night.

    The meeting at 6 p.m. in the large courtroom at the Fayette County Courthouse is being held by the Fayette County Board committee formed by Chairman Steve Knebel to look into an E911 referendum.

  • Lady Vandals sweep Greenville in 'Volley for the Cure' match

    Maybe it was the pink uniforms. Maybe it was the raucous throng of supporters who made the trip down I-70 to support them.

    Or it could have simply been the fact that the Vandalia volleyball team wanted very badly to complete a regular-season sweep against archrival Greenville Thursday.

    Whatever the source of inspiration, the Lady Vandals came up with an effort worthy of the cause they were playing for in their inaugural "Volley for the Cure" breast cancer awareness match against the Lady Comets, rolling to a surprisingly easy 25-14, 25-13 victory on the road.

  • Bushue fans 19, Cougars with 10th straight MTC Tournament title

    Tanner Bushue's fall season can be summed up in one word - dominating.

    And thanks in large part to the senior flamethrower's latest masterpiece - a 19-strikeout, three-hit shutout Monday night at North Clay - the South Central baseball program's standing in the Midland Trail Conference can continue being described with that adjective as well.

    With a 6-0 win over the second-seeded Cardinals, the top-seeded Cougars (18-3-1) won their 10th straight MTC Tournament championship. They've won at least a share of the league's regular season 10 years in a row as well.

  • Vandals run wild on Purple Panthers

    On one hand, the Vandalia football team dominated Friday in a 30-7 victory at Hillsboro, racking up a season-high 417 yards rushing while averaging more than 8 yards per carry.

    But on the other hand, the Vandals' effort was flawed, as there were just enough mistakes to keep VCHS humble despite becoming playoff eligible by improving to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in SCC-East play.

    All told, the combination might be a good thing, as the Vandals look to clinch a program-record third straight playoff appearance Friday against Pana at Mark Greer Field.

  • Lady Vandals win Pana Tournament

    The Vandalia volleyball team keeps finding ways to outdo itself.

    A little more than a week removed from its first win over Pana in four years, the Lady Vandals made it two in a row over the Lady Panthers in a span of nine days Saturday - doing so under even more ideal circumstances the second time around.

    Not only did the Lady Vandals beat Pana on its home floor - again - they did so in the championship game of the Lady Panthers' own tournament, 25-15, 25-22.

  • Destructive acts no longer just fun

    It happens every year about this time.

    Law-enforcement officials will tell you that Halloween is one of the most active seasons for complaints of vandalism.

    Many of the seasonal pranks start innocently enough – decorating a friend’s house with toilet paper, wrapping a friend’s car with plastic wrap or soaping a friend’s car windows. It’s all fun and games among friends.

    But those innocent pranks turn serious – and expensive – when they begin damaging property or intimidating innocent people.