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Today's News

  • About 50 to shave heads at child's cancer benefit

    About 50 area people have agreed to have their heads shaved as part of an event being held Sunday to fight pedriatic cancer.

    The St. Elmo Fire Department is hosting the event for St. Baldricks Foundation, a volunteer organization that works globally to raise money for childhood cancer research.

    The event is co-sponsored by MABAS 54 (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System), which is made up of fire departments in this region of the state.

  • Eight arrested in parole sweep

    Five local people who are currently on parole were arrested late last week on new charges during a targeted sweep of parolees conducted by four local agencies.

    Also arrested during that sweep were three people who were with the parolees who were taken into custody.

    The Illinois Department of Corrections, Fayette County Sheriffs Office, Illinois State Police and Vandalia Police Department participated in the parole compliance check conducted on Thursday.

  • Where there's smoke...

    As complaints about violations of Illinois new law prohibiting smoking in and near public facilities increase, Fayette Countys states attorney is among the growing list of prosecutors in the state who are challenging the legality of that new law.

    Stephen Friedel said on Tuesday that he agrees that second-hand smoke is harmful and can be annoying.

    Second-hand smoke annoys some people more than others, and to the extent that the law seeks to protect those who cannot choose for themselves, namely children, I believe the law has a legitimate purpose, he said.

  • Another vote on E911 planned

    If the chairman of the Fayette County Board has his way, county residents will be voting on an Enhanced 911 referendum as early as this November.

    At the close of Tuesdays county board meeting, Chairman Steve Knebel updated board members and department heads on a study being done on bringing the emergency phone service.

  • Area Community Calendar

    Thursday, March 13

    eoe" TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Tami Washburn at 283-4664.

    eoe" Al-Anon will meet at 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church on Fillmore Street in Vandalia.

    Saturday, March 15

  • VCHS banquet moved to Tuesday

    The Vandalia Community High School Winter Sports Award Night has been moved from this Thursday to next Tuesday.

    The awards program will be held at 6 p.m. in the VCHS gym.

    All winter sports teams will be recognized during the event, and individual awards will be presented.

  • VCHS Winter Awards Night Postponed

    The VCHS Winter Sports Awards Night, orginally scheduled to be held at 6 p.m. tonight (March 6), has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 11, at 6 p.m. at VCHS.

    All winter sports student-athletes will be recognized at the event, and individual awards for the VCHS boys basketball, girls basketball and wrestling teams will be presented.

  • Nursing classes under way at new KC Vandalia Campus

    The first Kaskaskia College Licensed Practical Nursing Program began classes at the new Vandalia Campus on Feb. 4 with 15 students in the newly equipped health care lab in the Simma-Kelly Education Building.

    The practical nursing program is a three-semester program leading to a certificate.

  • Farm demonstration date changed again

    NOTE: Date of demonstration has been changed to March 19!

    On March 19, area cattle producers have a unique opportunity to see one of the most efficiently-run beef cattle operations in southern Illinois and learn about the benefits of the Illinois Heifer Development Program (IHDP). An IHDP Pre-Breeding Processing Demonstration will be held at the Stan and Lisa Buzzard Farm, Beecher City, Illinois, on Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Three local players garner all-NTC honors

    A trio of area boys basketball players were honored recently by being named to the all-National Trail Conference team.

    St. Elmo's Colton Booher was one of five first-team NTC picks, coming off an outstanding all-around senior season in which he averaged more than 17 points and 11 rebounds per game.

    Booher made NTC history in late January, as he became the only player in league history to make the conference tournament team every year of his career.