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Today's News

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Faith Can Move a Mountain
    And Kelly Devall can move a barn, which he and his helper, Dale, did last week.
    The story is, when we lived in the south woods, we bought a small, barn-type shed for storage. When we moved to the north end of the lane, we didn’t move it along with us. (It wouldn’t fit in the pickup truck))  
    We had tried to contact the man who had moved it initially, but learned he had quit the business.
    Therefore, we had to trek a quarter of a mile and back to look for something we   had stored.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses were issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:

    Johnathon Patrick Doyl
    Decatur
    Ella Christine Ehrat
    Decatur
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    Christopher Wayne Ankenbrand
    Vandalia
    Jamie Ranelle Wicarson
    Vandalia

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Ryan M. Castic, 24, 314 N. Ash St., St. Elmo, was arrested on Aug. 1 on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic needle. No bond information was listed.
    • Jody L. Tinker, 43, 1018 W. Tower St., Vandalia, was arrested on July 31 on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting a peace officer. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 10

    ✔ Tools for Schools, which provides free school supplies for in-need students in Fayette County, is open from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1221 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia, north entrance. All students must accompany their parents. For more information, contact the church office, 283-0937.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Room at Evans Public Library.

    Friday, August 11

  • CenterPointe group goes on mission trip

    Ten members of CenterPointe Church of Vandalia formed a team to go on a mission trip to Panama, and agreed to share their thoughts and feelings about their experience upon their return home.

  • Final E911 landline testing to be done soon

    Fayette County is moving closer to having Enhanced 911 phone service.
    Kevin Jenne, Fayette County’s 911 coordinator, announced late last week that the final landline call-through testing will begin as early as next week.
    Jenne said that Illinois law requires the Fayette County Emergency Telephone Systems Board to test landline phone numbers in each exchange randomly before going live with the enhanced system.
    The testing is to check the accuracy of the addresses in the telephone base, and it will require cooperation from the public, he said.

  • County seeing results from administrative firm

    One month after approving a contract with a Bloomington-based firm that will be providing administrative services, Fayette County Board members got a better feel for those services.
    During their meeting on Tuesday, board members learned that Bellwether plans to have a tentative budget plan to department heads by the middle of this month, perform a review on the county’s health care coverage, work on the development of a tool for labor negotiations and rework the anatomy of the county’s public building commission formed about 25 years ago.

  • Reassessing recycling

    Just one month after adding a $1 surcharge to monthly water bills for recycling services provided by FAYCO Enterprises, the Vandalia City Council has decided to take a second look at the issue.
    During Monday’s council meeting, Alderman Steve Barker said that Greenville radio station WGEL reported that FAYCO had signed an agreement with Bond County through which it would pick up recyclable items there for up to $7,200 a year, much less than what the city will be giving FAYCO as a result of the water bill surcharge.

  • OAVC's Golden Anniversary

    Fifty years ago, a group of area educators, led by Vandalia Superintendent of Schools G.V. Blythe, not only realized that a large number of high school graduates would not go on to college. And they did something monumental to serve those who would not.

  • Reunions

    Hall
    The descendants of George and Gertie Hall gathered at the Unity Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on Saturday, July 22, for a family reunion.
    The potluck began at noon, with 42 in attendance. The day was spent visiting, looking at photos and reminiscing.
    George and Gertie were the parents of nine children. Seven are deceased, and daughters  Bessie Jones and Jane Hall live in Vandalia, and were present at the gathering.