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Today's News

  • Sam Flowers splits his time at two Liberty businesses

    As we continue on our tour of Downtown Vandalia’s stores and business opportunities, we visit Liberty Trading Store, which deals in coins and guns, and talk to Sam Flowers, who is multi-talented and “can do about anything he sets his mind to do.” That quote was not from Sam, who is more modest and quiet-spoken, but from others who know and work with him.
    Liberty Trading & Sam
    The son of Tony and Teresa Flowers, Sam grew up in Vandalia and graduated from Vandalia Community High School.

  • Primary election is Tuesday

    When they go to the polls next Tuesday, Fayette County voters won’t have many decisions to make. And of those, none will be at the local level.
    There are no Fayette County races in the primary election, during which county residents will choose party nominees for the November general election.
    County officer positions up for election this year include state’s attorney, circuit clerk, coroner and regional superintendent of schools.
    Also this year, all 14 seats – two in each of the county’s seven districts – are up for election.

  • Keeping Up Appearances

    As they reviewed the latest request for Tax Increment Financing assistance, members of the city’s TIF advisory heard about the possibility of using some TIF funds to revive a downtown enhancement project.
    The TIF advisory committee meeting was called to look over a request submitted by Will Baldock for planned improvements to the property that formerly housed the Star service station.

  • Addressing work for 911 done

    The committee charged with the implementation of 911 phone service in Fayette County has reached a milestone.
    And that committee remains hopeful that it can meet its goal of having the emergency phone service available by late next year.
    Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel, who also serves as the chairman of the county’s 911 committee, announced at Tuesday’s county board meeting that the committee has turned over all of its addressing information to the U.S. Postal Service.

  • News Briefs

    VCHS play is this Friday, Saturday

    The annual Vandalia Community High School play will be performed at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday in the VCHS gym.
    This year's play is "The Perils of Lulu."
    Admission is $3 for students and $4 for adults.

    OUR PLACE still taking cards

    OUR PLACE Youth Center is still accepting all types of used cards.
    Being accepted are Christmas, birthday, thank you, sympathy and get well cards.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Star, the Little White Dove…
    …is responding to spring. She sits in the sunshine and listens to the little wild birds in the trees just outside. of her window.
    We don’t know if she really watches them as they fly by, but she is attentive to the outside view. White, thin sheer curtains protect her from the sun’s really strong rays through the glass, but the view is very clear.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, March 15
    • Those who wish to attend the St. Patrick’s Day dinner at noon on March 17 at the Phillips Building are to make reservations by Thursday by calling Irene Reed at 829-5156 or Della Stewart at 829-3394.
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, noon, First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    • A Telenet lesson, “To Soy or Not to Soy,” will be given at 1:30 p.m. at the Vandalia Extension Office. This is for Home and Community Education units, and the public is welcome to attend.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These cousins both graduated from Vandalia Community High School.

  • Justice dukes it out with Illinois governor

    As I mentioned in last week’s article, I am a volunteer at the Vandalia Statehouse. In doing so, I have learned some interesting history – not only of the building and of the artifacts housed there, but of the men who were officeholders during the years 1819 to 1839.

  • Make an effort to vote in primary

    Next Tuesday, citizens in Fayette County – and all across Illinois – have the privilege of controlling their own destiny.
    By taking 15 minutes of their time, driving a few miles out of their way and engaging their brain for a few minutes, they can make a difference.
    They can vote.
    Tuesday’s primary election, while it doesn’t have many contested races, it is the first step in determining the makeup of our general election races this fall.