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Today's News

  • Sales Tax Exemptions

    The new sales tax would not apply to:
    •  Titled or licensed vehicles, including cars, trucks, ATV’s and motorcycles.
    •  Unprepared food (groceries), drugs (including over-the-counter drugs and vitamins) and medical supplies.
    •  Resale items.
    •  Boats and recreational vehicles.
    •  Mobile homes.
    •  Specifically exempted goods such as farm equipment, parts, inputs and service.

  • Sales Tax Ballot Question

    Shall the County of Fayette, Illinois, be authorized to impose a retailers’ occupation tax and a service occupation tax (commonly referred to as a “sales tax”) at a rate of 1% to be used exclusively for school facility purposes?

  • 1% sales tax for schools on Tuesday's ballot

    When they go to the polls next Tuesday, Fayette County voters will be asked to approve a 1-percent sales tax that will benefit school districts in the county.

  • Dismissal of smoking tickets denied

    An attempt to dismiss city tickets issued for allowing patrons to smoke in a Vandalia bar has failed.
    At a court hearing last Friday in Fayette County Circuit Court, Judge Ericka Sanders denied a motion to dismiss three tickets issued to G&T Holdings last August for alleged smoking violations at the Redwood Inn.
    In addition to making that ruling, Sanders tentatively set May 19 as the starting date for a jury trial on the tickets.

  • Reading Partners

    Ryenne Edwards makes friends with Franklin, a collie who is the pet of Lisette Ehrat, during an orientation ssion last Tuesday for a new children's reading program at Evans Public Library in Vandalia. Through P.A.C.K. (Pups Assisting Children Kindly), trained dogs with volunteer leaders are teamed up with children age 8 and older for 20-minute reading sessions at the library on the first and third Tuesday of each month. For more information about the program, contact Jessie Blain or Linda Kelly at the library, 283-2824.

  • Dismissal of smoking tickets denied

    An attempt to dismiss city tickets issued for allowing patrons to smoke in a Vandalia bar has failed.
    At a court hearing last Friday in Fayette County Circuit Court, Judge Ericka Sanders denied a motion to dismiss three tickets issued to G&T Holdings last August for alleged smoking violations at the Redwood Inn.
    In addition to making that ruling, Sanders tentatively set May 19 as the starting date for a jury trial on the tickets.

  • Frogtown News

    Attend Visitation
    Dane, Belinda and Mary Harpster of St. Peter attended the visitation of Mary’s niece, Jeanie Cook of Coffeen, on Friday.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Teach An Old Dog New Tricks…
    …(you can’t do it!) is an old adage that I have been trying to prove not true since last November (yes, last year).

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, March 30
    • There are no monthly activities scheduled for the fifth Wednesdays.

  • Lenten Luncheon series continues

    The Church of God was the host church for the Lenten Luncheon on March 23.
    The Rev. Tom Farris welcomed everyone and led in a prayer. Following the meal, Cindy Hof sang, “Broken and Spilled Out,” accompanied on the piano by Kim Miller.
    The youth minister at First Assembly of God, David Ricketts, spoke on “The Path of Love.” He described himself as comparable to the prodigal son, living a selfish and reckless life when he was younger. At the age of 23, however, he woke up in the "pig pen," and prayed to receive Christ.