Area News

Sarah Bush extends purchase offer to hospital

Sarah Bush Lincoln presented the Fayette County District Hospital Board with a proposal to own the land, hospital and long term care, which would end the tax on county residents. Sarah Bush Lincoln has operated the Fayette County Hospital and Long Term Care for two years and has cultivated positive working relationships. SBL President and…

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County board approves second assistant state’s attorney

The Fayette County State’s Attorney’s office could be getting an additional prosecutor. That decision was approved at the board meeting held Tuesday, June 1 at the Vandalia Moose Lodge #1447. Under the items continued from the Finance Committee, the board approved a request funding for the hiring of an additional prosecutor as presented by States…

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Job Fair to be planned here at KC in August

A job fair is being planned for Friday, Aug. 6 at Kaskaskia College in Vandalia. The committee, comprised of major business, media, Kaskaskia College personnel and Economic Development Director Amber Daulbaugh met last week. In preliminary discussions, tentative times for the event were suggested for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with resume and interview refreshers…

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Work to be done at airport

The Vandalia Municipal Airport will see some improvements in the next month as work is to be done near the taxiway from the airport rotating beacon to the hangers. The project is expected to cost $675,000, with 10 percent to be paid locally, with the project started in July, according to Mike Radliff. The new…

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Texas man’s remains found near Brownstown

A farmer discovered the skeletal remains of a Texas man in an agricultural field in Brownstown on Wednesday, May 26, at approximately 2:30 p.m. The remains were located just north of U.S. Route 40, near 1700 N. Street. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department requested the help of the Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal…

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Museum open this weekend

The Fayette County Historical Museum will be open this Saturday, June 12, from 9:30 until at least 4 p.m., to conduct tours of the facility in recognition of the county’s bicentennial. At 1 p.m., local historian Linda Hanabarger will be speaking on the history of the county. Also scheduled, but times not set as of…

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Council hears proposed changes for lake lot leases

In the early 60s, when Vandalia Lake was made, lots were divided around it and leased to residents who built homes and other improvements. That original lease expires as of 2067 and lending institutions are getting increasingly skittish about making loans for the sale of these homes. As a result, those who live around the…

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Independent film crew here to shoot movie

An independent film crew was in Vandalia on Friday, May 28 at Charters Patio, shooting an independent movie entitled “Stolen.” The film, based loosely on an incident which happened to her in Wisconsin, is being shot here because Hannah Conrad  has moved back to the area, in Brownstown. “I was initially looking in Kentucky when…

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Splishin’ and a splashin’ at the pool

JOHN BROUX PHOTOS Paxton Rebbe comes down the slide at the Vandalia Swimming Pool as brother Jaren emerges up and out of the water on Friday, June 4 on the first day of the pool being open. They are the sons of Joel and Donna Rebbe of Vandalia.

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