Area News

Leskera TIF endorsed

Without discussion and only one question, Vandalia’s Tax Increment Financing advisory committee has recommended a 50-percent grant for an attorney renovating one of Vandalia’s oldest downtown buildings. In an 8-1 vote taken during the meeting held by Zoom on Friday, the members of that committee agreed to send to the city council a $134,051.85 grant…

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Fatality now ruled homicide

The Fayette County coroner said that the death of a passenger in a one-car crash in December is now being ruled a homicide. Jacob Henschen, 28, of Pana, sustained fatal injuries in a single-vehicle accident south of Herrick on Thursday, Dec. 10. Henschen was ejected from the vehicle as it crashed when the vehicle driven…

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Evans Library again open to the public

Evans Public Library in Vandalia is again open to the public. Librarian Jessica Blain announced last Wednesday afternoon that the library would reopen to the public this Tuesday. The library has been open for curbside pickup only since Nov. 20 due to Tier 3 mitigations and the rising number of COVID-19 cases in this area.…

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This year’s CEO class offering skating downtown Feb. 5-6

In choosing its business class, this year’s Fayette County CEO students took into consideration the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has everyone anxious for outdoor activities. The idea of hosting Old Capitol Skate started out “as a joke,” said Josie Strauch, a CEO class member who is a senior at St. Elmo High School. In…

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Evans Library again open to the public

Evans Public Library in Vandalia is again open to the public. Librarian Jessica Blain announced last Wednesday afternoon that the library would reopen to the public this Tuesday. The library has been open for curbside pickup only since Nov. 20 due to Tier 3 mitigations and the rising number of COVID-19 cases in this area.…

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Coronavirus Update-Fayette County Health Department

Tuesday, Jan. 19 • 11 new cases • 2,911 total cases • 49 total deaths • No new deaths • 489 vaccinated Monday, Jan. 18 • 17 new cases • 2,898 total cases • 49 total deaths • No new deaths Friday, Jan. 15 • 20 new cases • 2,864 total cases • 49 total…

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Sewer lift stations, dam work top priorities for use of grant funds

A Vandalia City Council committee has decided that when the city receives $450,000 in grant funds, they should go toward replacing an aging sewer lift station and Vandalia Lake projects The city announced at the beginning of the month that state Rep. Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City) was able to procure those grant funds, which are…

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Madigan suspends speaker campaign

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – House Speaker Michael Madigan announced he would suspend his campaign for House Speaker of the 102nd General Assembly on Monday, but his statement made clear he was not withdrawing from the race. “This is not a withdrawal. I have suspended my campaign for speaker,” Madigan said…

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