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Today's News

  • City committee holds meetings on animal control

    All Fayette County communities except Vandalia have signed contracts with the county for animal control services.
    Vandalia officials have discussed that issue, but are asking for more information before signing on the dotted line.
    The Vandalia City Council’s public safety committee met last Wednesday and again on Monday to discuss animal control, which is provided by Vandalia veterinarian Dr. Connie Heaton.

  • Business Briefs

    Troy Payne attends family law seminar

    Troy G. Payne, an attorney with LeFevre Oldfield Myers Apke & Payne Law Group Ltd. of Vandalia, participated in a one-day continuing legal education seminar on family law in Peoria on Feb. 24.

    The seminar addressed several aspects of family law and divorce cases involving financial issues, trials and appeals. It also covered the ethical considerations of representing someone through a family matter.

  • Fayette County Health Department Ribbon-Cutting

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday at the new home of the Fayette County Health Department at 419 W. Edwards St. in Vandalia. The building, the former home of Leo Brown Lumber, now allows all of the functions of the health department to be housed in one building. FCHD Administrator Rhonda Andrews, fourth from the left in the front row, said that more than 250 people toured the facility. She said that she's excited about the new building "because it allows us to integrate our services like never before."

  • Copper Penny Ribbon-Cutting

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday at the Copper Penny, a new restaurant and bar in downtown Vandalia. The business is owned by Amy Gaffney, second from left in the front row. Shown with Gaffney are her mother, Sandy Michel (far left, front row), and her grandfather, Dean Bowen (second from right, front row).

  • Banks of the Okaw-March 10, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These five girls, pictured in April 1963, were all from the Bingham area. Though they now live in Ramsey, Herrick, Pana, Springfield and Willow Hill, they remain very close friends.

  • The Way We Were-March 10, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council voted to seek candidates for the vacant position of director of community development.
    The Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department purchased a new set of hydraulic cutters and a new power unit. Half of the $7,500 for the equipment came from city funds, and the fire department paid the other half of the bill.
    Landreth Lumber & Home Center in Vandalia was sold to R.P. Lumber, the owner of lumber yards in a number of Central Illinois towns.

  • Gold rush of '49 included Fayette men

    The "Forty-Niners" took their name from the year the gold rush began. On Jan. 24, 1848, James Marshall discovered gold in the mill race of his employer, John Sutter, while making his daily inspection.
    The news was told in a short paragraph in the March 15, 1848, issue of “The Californian.” In 1849 alone, it was estimated that 9,000 men traveled the southwestern route by way of Santa Fe, while 22,500 traveled the emigrant trails.
    St. Joseph and Independence, Mo., as well as Council Bluffs, Iowa, were staging areas for the westbound wagon trains.

  • Across-the-board cuts are best way

    As Gov. Pat Quinn marches out one potential budget-cutting proposal after another, it’s becoming increasingly clear that he has no comprehensive plan to tackle the state’s dire fiscal situation.
     Instead, what we’re seeing is a series of trial balloons being sent aloft to gauge the level of public resistance. If the outcry is sufficient, he moves on to another target.

  • Marriage Licenses-March 10, 2011

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:

    Andrew Matthew Corley
    Streator
    Danielle Nichole Phillips
    Streator
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    Shawn Michael Ivan Keith
    Vandalia
    Danielle Marie Washburn
    Vandalia
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    Neri Dale Davis
    Vandalia
    Melanie Sue Schettler
    Vandalia
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    Jeremy Edward Herrin
    Mulberry Grove
    Ashley Ann Swarringin
    Mulberry Grove

  • Church Briefs

    St. Patrick's dinner is Sunday

    The annual St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage dinner at Mother of Dolors Parish Center in Vandalia will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sunday.
    The meal includes corned beef and cabbage, ham, hot dogs, side dishes, desserts and drinks. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children over 5, and free for children 5 and under.
    Carryouts will be available; to order, call 283-8738. All proceeds go the Right to Life programs.