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Today's News

  • Illinois men travel to Vietnam Exhibit

    Last weekend my son, Mat, along with fellow re-enactors, all members of Charlie Co., lst Battalion 1/502, 101st Airborne, headquartered in Chicago, traveled to Mt. Pleasant, S.C., to take part in the grand opening of the Vietnam Experience Exhibit at Patriot’s Point Naval & Maritime Museum.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This old photo, posted on Vandalia Memories by Andy Craig, shows a circus
    parading down Gallatin Street upon its arrival in town.
     

  • Brownstown holiday event is back

    Last year, Tammy Barker and some local friends saw a need for a closer, more accessible place for some Brownstown residents and friends to do their Christmas and gift shopping.

  • Alderman search begins

    As it looks to replace one of the individuals who represents residents on the city council, the city of Vandalia may also have to replace one of its squad cars.
    Mayor Rick Gottman said at Monday’s council meeting that he has begun a search for a Ward III alderman, someone to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Terry Beesley.
    Beesley submitted his resignation about 90 minutes after walking out of the Nov. 3 council meeting.

  • County budget on hold

    The Fayette County Board is taking a little more time to finalize the county’s budget for the coming fiscal year, with plans to figure into that budget one less salary.
    At the recommendation of its finance committee, the board voted to reject the proposed budget presented at Thursday’s meeting.
    Board Chairman Steve Knebel said the committee recommended rejecting that budget because subsequent to the drafting of that budget, it learned that two employees in the county clerk’s office had resigned – Chief Deputy Kelly Taylor and Trudy Zimmerman.

  • Life Savers

    Two FAYCO employees received gift baskets on Thursday that appropriately included some Life Savers. Because that’s what Connie Hunley and Susan LaMonica were three days earlier – life savers.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Nov. 20

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. at Ramsey Grade School.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Michael D. Rose, 55, Chebanse, was arrested on Nov. 18 on charges of possession of less than 30 grams of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was $1,500.
    • Christopher A. Smith, 24, 1224 W. St. Clair St., Vandalia, was arrested on Nov. 17 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $5,000, and he was released at the order of the state’s attorney’s office.
    • David M. Gibson, 28, RR 1, Ramsey, was arrested on Nov. 18 on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.

  • County Board Action

    The Fayette County Board on Tuesday:
    • Approved the low bid of Old Capitol View Restaurant for food service at the county jail. The county will pay $6.79 per inmate under the contract.
    The county received two bids, the other coming from Miller’s Market in Ramsey.

  • Library again holds Food for Fines

    Evans Public Library is again sponsoring its annual Food for Fines program.
    Food for Fines allows people who have library fines to reduce them by donating non-perishable food items that are given to the local food bank.
    In these tough economic times, there is an even greater need for services like the Fayette County Food Pantry, which will receive the food collected from Food for Fines.
    The Fayette County Food Pantry, managed by C.E.F.S., is located at 517 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia and distributes the food to people in need.