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Today's News

  • SWCD receives grant for cost-sharing funds

    The Fayette County Soil & Water Conservation District has received $22,500 to use for cost-sharing on the installation of conservation practices in Fayette County.
    The money comes from a grant from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
    Practices that qualify for cost share include: grass waterways, grade stabilization structures, terraces, water and sediment control structures, diversions, no-till, strip-till, pasture and hayland establishment, and well sealing.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 26

    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department is holding a flu clinic from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at St. Elmo City Hall. Medicare, state workers and some insurance will be accepted at all clinics; Medicaid only at the health department. Private pay is $40, and high-dose shots are $75.
    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. Members should plan to pay dues at this meeting. All retired teachers are invited to attend. For more information, contact Diane Curll at 283-0492.

  • Area women keep Ben Hur Club going

    It is documented that on Oct. 25, 1901, a group of women in Ramsey, seeking to advance the knowledge of literature and promote the art of conversation, started a club that has endured as one of the longest standing women’s groups in Illinois.

  • Full schedule of area activities set for Halloween

    Halloween will be observed many ways in area communities in the next few days.
    The Vandalia Lions Club’s 74th annual Halloween Parade, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, is first on the schedule.
    Bob DePaolo Sr., who has also been active locally as a member of the Fayette County Knights of Columbus at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church, has been chosen to serve as the grand marshal for this year’s parade.
    The parade again starts at Seventh and Gallatin streets and travels east on Gallatin to Third Street.

  • Frakes' second request denied

    For the second time in a month, a Vandalia man who was sentenced to 18 years in prison on child pornography charges has had his request for a lighter sentence denied.

  • Taking bullying by the horns

    A community presentation on bullying drew only about 30 people on Tuesday night. And two-thirds of those were Vandalia School District administrators and teachers.

  • Football Seniors
  • Vandals Sports Boosters Donate $15,000
  • Helping Roxana Student Fight Cancer
  • Lady Vandals win on Senior Night

    On the night that they honored their seniors, the Lady Vandals dispatched Gillespie in two games on Tuesday, 25-18, 25-19.
    The win puts the Lady Vandals at 17-10 on the season and 5-3 in South Central Conference play.
    Honored prior to the match, with their parents, were seniors Sydney Austin, Emalee Hall, Bailey Younker, Taylor Gelsinger, Shelbi Stewart, Katie Tarkington and Carlie Wilkerson.