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Today's News

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Dec. 11

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Fayette County Courthouse will be closed from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for the annual employees' Christmas party.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center.

  • FCH Auxiliary gift shop serves more than the hospital

    Kay Johnson has been a volunteer at Fayette County Hospital for many years, but was named the gift shop manager in the fall of this year.

  • Knebel, Beckman retained as county leaders

    With the Republicans maintaining majority control of the Fayette County Board, the board’s leadership remains unchanged for the next two years.

  • Posing Pooches

    Santa Paws, an annual event held by Diekemper Photography to raise money for Second Chance Animal Rescue, generated more than $900 for the rescue, along with some treats for rescue animals, on Sunday afternoon.

    In the first photo, Cindy Simmons of the Second Chance, tries to direct one of Sunday's models toward photographer Megan Diekemper. In the second photo, Diekemper reviews photos of one of more than 60 pets shot on Sunday.

  • Two events this weekend at Statehouse

    For the second year in a row, the Vandalia Statehouse is hosting two holiday events on one weekend.

  • Carryover keeps county in black

    A month after postponing action on a new budget, to allow for last-minute adjustments to the document, the Fayette County Board approved that budget.

  • Five Generations

    Two five-generation photos of this family are shown here, one taken in 1987 and one in 2014.

    The first is the 1987 photo. David Jacobs Jr. is held by his grandmother, Ladonna Huie, and also seated is his great-great-grandmother, Lois Taylor. In back are his father, David Jacobs and great-grandmother, Marilyn Baumann.The second photo was taken this year. From left are: David Jacobs Jr., holding his daughter, Zoey; great-great-grandmother, Marilyn Baumann; great-grandmother, Ladonna Huie, holding Wesley Jacobs; and grandfather, David Jacobs Sr.

  • Birth

    Blake Robert Knebel
    Tim and Mindi Knebel of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 7:41 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    “This House is Maintained …
    … Entirely for the Convenience of Our Cat” are the words on a small sign that I bought one day at a resale shop, thinking it was funny. However, as time has went on, and with the added care and maintenance of our kitty (i.e. diabetes, special diet, shots, etc.), I can see the truth in those words.
    Not that we mind, for she is a good kitty, and we would be heartbroken if we should lose her.  

  • VES Holiday Event

    Brylee Conway gets help from her aunt, Shelby Manuel, while drafting a Letter to Santa at the VES Winter Wonderland.