Area News

Abe Award recipients named at annual chamber banquet

It was a night of transition, and one of honoring three Fayette County residents for their dedication and selflessness in working with organizations within the county as the Greater Fayette County Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet on Thursday, April 29. The event was held at the 8th Day Venue in Vandalia. The passing…

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First Farmers Market of 2021 is Saturday

The first Farmers Market of the 2021 season will be this Saturday, May 8 from 8 to 11 a.m. This is the second year for this incarnation of the event. Beginning at 8 a.m., there will be a bucket drumming ensemble, followed by the Junior High performance at 9 a.m., and the high school band…

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Martin follows Sternau as Fayette Assistant State’s Attorney

Jessica Carr Martin, of  Belleville, is the new assistant state’s attorney for Fayette County, in leiu of the announcement of former Assistatnt State’s Attorney David Sternau taking a position, coincidentally, in Belleville. Martin, a graduate of Okawville High School, received her Bachelor of Arts in Polictical Science, Legal Studies and Communications from the University of…

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Healthy Kids Day is Saturday

Following a year of social distancing, virtual school, mask wearing, and endless hours of screen time, the Family YMCA of Fayette County is hosting its annual Healthy Kids Day® on Saturday, May 1, encouraging families to take a moment to help kids be kids. The Y aims to provide a carefree day for children, celebrating…

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St. Elmo board debates returning to in-person class

CARISSA SITKI News-Banner Editor The St. Elmo Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. where the discussion of the Back-to-School plan was continued, and then tabled, pertaining to the return to full school days. Board President Kevin Maxey and Vice President Chad Wilhour were not present at the…

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Atlas 46 ready to begin hiring process

Applications are now being taken at Vandalia City Hall for Atlas 46, a new business moving to the downtown area. The business, headquartered in Fenton, MO, with facilities in Hillsboro as well, is looking to begin manufacturing in early June, says Kyle Anderson, area manager for the company. “In the initial hiring phase, we will…

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Members sought for municipal band

“I am excited to announce the triumphant return for the Vandalia Summer Community Band!” says Amanda Moloney. The community band director says that a few things may look a little different, using masks/bell covers and social distancing. The band is signed up to perform at the Farmer’s Market in downtown Vandalia the morning of June…

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