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Today's News

  • Extension helping food pantries

    The face of hunger may surprise you.
    It’s the family of four where both parents work extra jobs to cover growing expenses. It’s the single dad trying to care for his children while attending night classes. It’s the senior citizen stretching his social security check to cover both medication and food. It’s the young high school graduate skipping meals to cover expenses of her first apartment.

  • HCE provides something useful for all ages

    This week’s Fayette Faces feature two members of the Fayette County Home & Community Education organization, one with HCE longevity (from the first meeting) and the youngest, who is attending with her grandmother.

  • State tourism director visits Vandalia

    For some time, Mayor Rick Gottman has been in touch with the director of the Illinois Office of Tourism, encouraging him to visit Vandalia. Last week, Cory Jobe took Gottman up on that offer.

  • Reeter hired for ROE post

    Angela Reeter has always had a goal of working for the Regional Office of Education. That doesn’t mean that it was easy to make such a career move.

  • Restructuring OK'd for Brownstown School District

    Following the resignation of the principal at its elementary school, the Brownstown School District has moved forward with some restructuring that has its other administrators pulling double duty.
    After the resignation of long-time Brownstown Elementary School Principal Angela Reeter (see separate stories), the district spread those principal duties between the district superintendent, Adam Bussard, and its junior-senior high principal, Mike Shackelford.

  • County makes another fund loan

    The Fayette County Board has continued to transfer funds to meet the county’s financial obligations, and to look at possible ways to alleviate the need to make such transfers.
    While the board on Tuesday approved another loan of up to $250,000 from the county’s capital improvement fund to its general fund, numerous board members said they don’t like doing it. But, they added, there’s really no other option at this time.

  • Council OKs 3 TIF grants, reads license requests

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday three Tax Increment Financing grants and conducted the first readings of two requests for liquor licenses that allow gaming operations.
    Two of the TIF grants are assisting with the startup of new businesses, both coffee shops, and the third is for a building currently housing a business.

  • Brownstown Alumni Reunion
  • Ledbetter – Nevergall

    Katie Ledbetter and Wade Nevergall, both of Vandalia, were united in marriage in a private ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on July 20, 2016, in Destin, Fla., with the Rev. Samuel Blowes officiating.

  • Rotary Blood Drive