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Today's News

  • A Whirlwind Year

    Wearing a brand new uniform and sitting with new teammates in an unfamiliar bullpen on a warm Texas night, Spencer Patton tells himself, “Don’t fall asleep.”
    After a hectic and life-changing few days, Patton is exhausted, mentally and physically.
    Patton has only been in town for a few hours, and he’s concerned he may actually doze off.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The photo of this little girl was taken about 73 years ago.

  • FAYCO incident shows that AEDs save lives

    You know those fire extinguishers and automated external defibrillators that are stationed on the walls of our work places, those small tools that we think will never be put into use? Well, there may come a day when one of those will save a life, as was the case last week at a FAYCO facility.
    When a FAYCO employee went down due to a heart attack last Monday, other employees sprung into action, with one beginning chest compressions. That employee called for the nurse, who, in turn, called for the AED stationed a short distance away.

  • 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.