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Today's News

  • Knights of Columbus free-throw shootout is on Sunday

    The Knights of Columbus is hosting a free-throw shoot-out at Vandalia Jr. High on Sunday at 2 p.m.

    Boys and girls ages 10-14 may enter the free event, and trophies will be awarded to the winners of each age group.

    All participants will receive a certificate.

  • Agenda for Monday's school board meeting
  • County will transfer more funds for payroll

    Two months into its new fiscal year, Fayette County has been able to avoid dipping into its capital improvement fund to make payroll. But that streak will end.
    “Again, the news is not good,” county board Chairman Steve Knebel said about the county’s finances.
    “We are at the borrowing stage two months into the (fiscal) year,” he said, noting that the county will likely be transferring money from the capital improvement fund in the near future.

  • Business Briefs

    Hosick Motors event benefits local school
    Hosick Motors helped raise more than $2,000 for Jefferson Primary School during the school's recent Fun Fair.
    The money was raised through a Chrysler Group promotion called "Drive for the Kids."
    More than 200 participants earned a $10 contribution to the school from Chrysler by taking a test drive in a Town & Country minivan.

  • Laack Flooring Innovations

    For the past 13 years, Jason Laack has been installing floor coverings and ceramic tile for area stores and individuals.

  • Riedle opens law practice in Vandalia

    After attending college in Springfield, law school in Lawrence, Kan., and doing contract legal work for firms in the St. Louis area, Matthew Riedle has returned to his hometown of Vandalia to open his own law office.

  • Summer Breeze planning wedding show

    A wedding show will be held on Friday, Feb. 16, and Saturday,  Feb 17, at Summer Breeze Wine House in St. James.
    Hours for the show are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
    Several vendors already have signed up to attend, including Davis Bakery, Jill Wright Photography, Serenity Therapeutic Massage and Fayette County Real Estate, with others pending. Maranatha's Salon, Spa and Tanning will be a vendor  and will be selling new wedding dresses from the former Queen Bee bridal shop.

  • Laack Flooring Innovations

    For the past 13 years, Jason Laack has been installing floor coverings and ceramic tile for area stores and individuals.

  • Legislators must address finances

    The Illinois General Assembly’s lame duck session ended Tuesday with a whimper, as legislators once again refused to deal with the state’s out-of-control finances.
    After failing to come up with a plan to begin fixing the $96 billion (billion!) pension shortfall, the house and senate adjourned – kicking the can down the road to be dealt with by the next legislative session.
    Or the next. Or the next.

  • Several bridges have spanned the Kaskaskia

    According to the Jan. 18, 1823, issue of the Illinois Intelligencer newspaper, a bridge built by A.H. Muckel spanned the Kaskaskia River by that date.