Area News

Health Department releases new steps for indoor vaccinations

Fayette County Health Department Interim Administrator Kendra Craig says that COVID vaccination Clinics are now moving inside the building. Craig says that those coming for vaccines are asked to come at the scheduled time and park in the parking lot behind the building at 416 W. Edwards St., Vandalia. Those wanting vaccinations are asked to…

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Area Fourth activities

The Vandalia Fireworks will begin shortly after 9:15 p.m., Saturday, July 3 lasting about 20 minutes. “Too much longer and it’s boring; too short and you feel like you got cheated,” says Jerry Schukar. Currently we have raised less than half of the $12,000 that we need for the fireworks. “We are encouraging food trucks…

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Springfield man drowns while ‘noodling’ Sunday

A 20-year-old Springfield man is dead following a drowning incident Sunday evening, June 20. Logan Fornof was pronounced dead at Fayette County Hospital at 7:26 p.m., Sunday night, by Coroner David Harris, according to the coroner. According to Harris’ report, Fornof and friends were participating in “hogging,” or “noodling” for catfish in the Kaskaskia River…

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Five dead following collision on Route 40

A Brownstown man is dead following a two-vehicle accident on US Route 40 between that city and St. Elmo on Saturday afternoon, June 19. Five total victims lost their lives in the collision. According to the Illinois State Police District 12 report, Lloyd A. Rowe, 50, of Brownstown, was traveling west on Route 40, when…

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Council discusses aiding bowling alley with repairs

Shall the City of Vandalia help the Vandalia Bowl with financial assistance for improvements? That was a major talking point at the meeting held Monday night, June 21 at city hall. Mayor Ricky Gottman and City Administrator LaTisha Paslay broached the subject at the meeting, with the mayor stating that most bowling alleys in cities…

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Library district readies to send paperwork to state for approval

Evans Public Library will hit its fundraising goal for its share of building costs for a new library center by the end of the month. Jessica Blain, director of the library, says that as of Monday, June 21, the library was just less than $24,000 of reaching its goal in the final week of fundraising,…

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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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