News Briefs

Unemployment up in Fayette County

Fayette County had an unemployment rate of 7.5 percent in March, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

The March 2008 total is significantly higher than the March 2007 figure, 6.2 percent. The March 2008 total, however, is significantly lower than the January 2008 figure, 9.1 percent.

According to IDES, work force conditions did begin to slowly improve in March. Although weather conditions were not particularly favorable, some construction projects did get under way.

Additionally, seasonal job advancements were reported in leisure-hospitality services, retail trade and wholesale trade.

Statehouse has 1,170 visitors in March

The Vandalia Statehouse had 1,170 visitors in March, according to Site Superintendent Mary Cole.

The March total included residents of the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsion. The total also included people from Ontario, Canada.

Country Market postponed

Due to unseasonably cool weather conditions, the Vandalia Main Street Programs weekly Country Market has been postponed. The market will begin on Saturday, May 24, and will be held on every subsequent Saturday through Oct. 4.

OAVC art show is next Thursday

The commercial art class at the Okaw Area Vocational Center will present a student art exhibit from 4:30-7 p.m. next Thursday at the center.

More than 250 pieces of artwork will be in display, including work done by students in Vandalia art 1 and art 2 classes. There is no admission charge for the exhibit, and the public is invited to attend.

Students in Cindy Irelands commercial art class this year include Trey Falk, Steffanie Hand, Meghan Klinenberg, Tiffany Mulheron and Alison Springman of Altamont, Aaron Ferguson and Sean Martin of Brownstown, Eric Ginnard and Hannah Paden of Hillsboro, Nathan Dennison and Megan Schultz of Mulberry Grove, Faith Wallace of Ramsey, TaShawn Morrison of St. Elmo, and Josh Bolyard, Brittany Brown, Amber Etcheson, Tiffany Hans, Dana McCarty, Jacob Rush, Matt Shroyer, Emilly Smith and Stacy White of Vandalia.

YMCA golf outing changed to May 30

The annual Fayette County Family YMCA golf scramble at Indian Springs Golf Course has been rescheduled for Friday, May 30.

The entry fee for a four-person team is $220, with the fee including golf, use of golf cart and lunch. The scramble begins at 1 p.m.

Cash prizes will be awarded: first, $400; second, $240; and third, $160. Hole-in-one prizes will be awarded.

To enter a team, contact the Family YMCA, 283-1258.

Spring bird count is on May 10

The annual spring bird count sponsored by the Illinois Natural History Survey will be held on Saturday, May 10.

Those interested in helping with the bird count, which helps the state determining which species of birds are increasing or declining, should contact the Fayette County compiler, Art Jones, at 425-3766, or write to him at RR 2, Box 228, Mulberry Grove, 62262, to receive a report form.

Individuals may count on foot, by car or by bicycle, or even from their own yards, and may spend whatever time they have available for this purpose.

Individuals who have a field guide book, which describes the different types of birds, can help scientists monitor population trends. It helps to be equipped with binoculars, but its not necessary.

The countys results have to be sent into the state by May 26, so Jones would like all information provided to him at least a week before that deadline.

School immunization clinics scheduled

The Fayette County Health Department will hold school immunization clinics for students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades under the following schedule:

Thursday, May 1 Ramsey, 2 p.m.

Thursday, May 8 Brownstown, 11 a.m.; and St. Elmo, 1 p.m.

Parents should complete and sign the two-sided questionnaire that was sent home with their children. The cost is $9 per vaccine or presentation of a current medical card.

The health department currently offers immunization clinics on Wednesdays, and by appointment only.

For more information, call the FCHD, 283-1044.

Main Street looking for concert vendors

The Vandalia Main Street Program is looking for non-profit youth groups or organizations interested in serving as vendors during Main Streets Concerts in the Park series this summer.

One group is needed each week, and availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Those interested in serving as vendors should call the Main Street office, 283-8751, or visit its Web site,

Health department has new clinic hours

The Fayette County Health Department has announced its new clinic hours:

Mondays: 8:30-9:30 a.m., blood sugar and blood pressure clinics; and 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., paternity collection.

Tuesdays: 8:30 a.m.-noon, lab clinic, cholesterol/lipid profile, lead screening and lab work; and 1-4 p.m., STD/urine screening.

Wednesdays: Immunizations/TB testing clinic.

Physicians orders are required for Zostavax (shingles) vaccines.

All services are available by appointment only. To make appointments, call 283-1044.

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