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Today's News

  • Tools for School under way

    Once again, the Tools for School program, which provides free school supplies to Fayette County students who need help, is under way.
    Step one is to receive donations from individuals, churches, businesses, clubs and others. Gifts of money enable the purchase of exactly what the teachers indicated their students need. Any groups wishing to donate can contact First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia (283-0937) to see what is needed.

  • New plat books available at SWCD office in Vandalia

    The new 2017 Fayette County Plat Book is now available from the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District.
    The new plat book, published by Rockford Map Publishers, accurately displays parcel boundaries, acreage data, roadways, waterways, railways, section lines, municipal boundaries and recreational areas, and includes an index to landowners.
    A 3D aerial map lies opposite each township parcel map, and is useful in providing a quick gauge to the use of a particular parcel.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 22

    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department Hospice grief support group meets from 6-7 p.m. at the health department,  416 W. Edwards St., Vandalia. For more information, contact hospice coordinator Jami Lockart at 283-7262.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

  • South Central holds awards night

    By Lynn Smith, South Central High School
    On Monday evening, May 8, the South Central High School 28th annual Academic and Athletic Awards Night was held.

  • Howie's on Main Ribbon-Cutting
  • FNB gives Hometown Support checks

    The First National Bank held its annual Hometown Support breakfast June 8 in the conference room of the bank’s main office in Vandalia, with more than 20 local not-for-profits, youth-related groups and charitable organizations received donations.

  • Birth

    Nora Lucille Walton
    Matthew and Misty Walton of Hillsboro are the parents of a girl born at 11:27 p.m. on April 30, 2017.
    Nora Lucille weighed 5 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 20 inches long.
    Maternal grandparents are Harold and Wilma Pfeifer of New Palestine, Ind., and the late Sherry Pfeifer. Paternal grandparents are Steve and Kay Walton of Shobonier.
    Elaine Lange of Shobonier is the paternal great-grandmother.

  • Briefs

    Masons anniversary fete on June 24

    Temperance Lodge No. 16 A.F. & A.M. will celebrate the nativity of St. John the Baptist and the 300th anniversary of the creation of the Grand Lodge of the A.F. & A.M. on Saturday, June 24.
    The invocation, delivered by Winfred "Bud" Morrison, will kick off the event at 11 a.m. and will conclude with a benediction at 2 p.m.
    The public is invited to attend for tours of the Masonic Lodge at 612 W. Johnson St. and lunch (hot dogs, chips and drinks).

  • Ehrat – Doyle

    Ellie Ehrat and John Doyle, both of Decatur, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Advice on drugs for Alzheimer's patients

    By Amy Sobrino, MSW
    It is important to recognize what potential prescription drugs may be recommended for Alzheimer’s disease, as well as how to talk with your pharmacist about any vitamins, supplements, or over-the-counter medications you might be taking.