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School tax now to be used for other purposes

February 21, 2024

DEBORAH SIMCOX Correspondent “It is important that the community understands this is NOT an additional tax,” Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Jennifer Garrison said Tuesday in her opening report regarding a question on the March election ballot. This vote will allow the 1 percent sales tax to be used for the school support officer and/or mental…

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Early voting underway

February 21, 2024

DEBORAH SIMCOX Correspondent At the Feb. 13 Fayette County Board Meeting, County Clerk Jessica Barker thanked the department heads for their assistance in setting up the polling place in the courthouse lobby. This method of voting is available for all voters in Fayette County, including new voters, who can register there. Hours are: Monday-Friday, 8…

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Three Vandals wrestlers earn medals at state finals

February 21, 2024
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Local Fayette County 4-H club honored with statewide award

February 8, 2024

Urbana, Ill. – A 4-H club in Fayette County was recently honored for achievements with a statewide Excel Club Award. Recognition and awards are an important part of 4-H. Recognition encourages young people and increases their interest in the opportunities that are available to them as they become more capable and competent young adults. The…

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Dates for the upcoming March 19 primary election

February 2, 2024

The voting schedule has been released for the upcoming March 19 primary election. Grace period voting begins Wednesday, Feb. 21, and it continues through Monday, March 18. Voters can come in Monday through Friday and cast their ballots from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Any voter who has failed to register or update their registration…

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State Police arrest five in Anti-Human Trafficking Operation

February 2, 2024

EFFINGHAM – The Illinois State Police announced the arrest of 5 individuals from an anti-trafficking operation based out of Effingham. The ISP Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Trafficking Enforcement Bureau provided details on the arrests on Friday afternoon, stating that the focus was on individuals who had been seeking to “engage in commercial acts.” Among…

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Bowers, Swyers win regional titles

February 2, 2024

  Two Vandals captured first place at the IHSA Girls Wrestling Regional Tournament at West Frankfort. Sophie Bowers won the championship in the 125-pound class, and Brynn Swyers was the champion of the 140-pound class. 125 Sophie Bowers (20-7) placed 1st and scored 28.5 team points. Champ. Round 1 – Sophie Bowers (Vandalia) 20-7 received…

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