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School tax now to be used for other purposes

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

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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Local Fayette County 4-H club honored with statewide award

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

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

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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VCHS receives AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

The Vandalia District 203 School Board learned at its regular meeting on Thursday, Jan. 18, that Vandalia Community High School had received an honor for its advanced placement courses. VCHS Principal Randy Protz said he had received an email from the AP College Board informing him that the school had earned the College Board AP…

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St. Peter teen charged with murder

Updated with suspect’s name.   A 17-year-old St. Peter male has been arrested and charged with the first degree murder of a Salem teen over the weekend. The Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Zone 8 announced the arrest on Tuesday afternoon. Kaden A. Phillips has been formally charged as an adult in…

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ISP investigating Fayette County shooting death

The Illinois State Police are investigating the shooting death of a teenager in Fayette County over the weekend. According to preliminary information, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office requested officers from the ISP DCI Zone 8 for a death investigation in the 700 block of North 2200 Street in rural St. Peter at 8:13 p.m. on…

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Festival of Trees donates $8,000 to Summerfest fireworks

Another successful year for the Festival of Trees has brought in a sizable donation to help make the second annual Summerfest another one to remember. City Administrator LaTisha Paslay announced that the annual event raised enough for a $8,000 donation to be used toward the fireworks display at the upcoming festival, which will be held…

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