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Today's News

  • Museum sets new exhibits, entertainment season

    The special exhibits in the Fayette County Museum for August are Indian Artifacts and Old School Items.
    The museum welcomed 225 visitors during July. A group from the Taylorville Christian Church toured the museum.
    The Fayette County Museum has announced this season of entertainment. The events are all historical this year.
    “The Fall of the Sparrows: Reverend Frances Springer and His Boatload of Orphans” will be presented by William Furry, executive director of the Illinois State Historical Society, on Sept. 18.

  • Tools for School donation

    Barbara Berendsen, right, presents school supplies donated by Fayette County Hospital employees to Sally Miller of the Tools for School program at First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia. Tools for School is open Aug. 10-13. For more information, see page 3 of today's issue.

  • August is breastfeeding promotion month in Illinois

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has declared August 2011 as Breastfeeding Promotion Month in Illinois.
    The proclamation aims to increase public awareness in of breastfeeding as the normal and expected way to feed all babies in Illinois.
    Breastfeeding advocates in more than 170 countries worldwide will celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Breastfeeding Week with the theme “Talk to Me! Breastfeeding – a 3D Experience!”
    The benefits of breastfeeding are numerous, well-known and research-based.

  • Elks clinic is next week

    Effingham Elks Lodge #1016, in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children's Care Program and Dr. Timothy Gray of the Bonutti Orthopedic Clinic, will hold a free orthopedic diagnostic clinic for the children up to age 21 who do not have private health insurance.
    The clinic will be held next Wednesday at the Bonutti Orthopedic Clinic, 1303 Evergreen Ave. in Effmgham.

  • County action allows new sidewalks in Brownstown

    Action by the Fayette County Board on Tuesday allows the village of Brownstown to move forward with a sidewalk replacement project.
    The board approved a sidewalk easement for the village, which plans to take out existing sidewalks on Main Street near the elementary and junior high-high school campus and construct new sidewalks along College Avenue, according to Dan Fisher of John Crawford and Associates, the village’s engineering firm.

  • After teaching, Beulah Brown serves the community

     Decsribed in the scripture is “a worthy woman,” quoted here, in part, who “works with her hands in delight,”  “brings food,” “stretches out her hand to the needy,”  “strength and dignity are her clothing,” “smiles at the future,” “opens her mouth in wisdom,” “the teaching of kindness is on her tongue,” “does not eat the bread of idleness,” …  “for her worth is far above jewels."

  • Concessions allow city to fill dispatcher position

    The union representing city’s police and fire dispatchers agreed to concessions as a Vandalia city council committee dealt with personnel matters on Tuesday.
    The council’s personnel and finance committee met in closed session with police and telecommunicator union representatives, then approved some employment moves after returning to open session.

  • School board fills vacancies, gets grant for free meals at Jefferson

    The Vandalia Board of Education at a special meeting on Monday approved several personnel items that needed to be in place at the start of the upcoming school year.
    The board took the following action:
    • Employed Brooke Hoene of Teutopolis as the high school chemistry teacher to replace Nick Niemerg, who last month was named assistant principal at Vandalia Community High School.
    • Recalled RIF teacher Robyn Demoulin for second grade.

  • Slover stays on as Brownstown superintendent

    The Brownstown School District will have a familiar face behind the superintendent’s desk at the start of the new school year.

  • And the Band Played On ...

    Senior Abby Hickerson of the Vandalia Community High School band practices marching during band camp last week. The band's first pre-game and halftime performances will be on Sept. 9, when the VCHS varsity football squad plays its home opener.