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  • Governor Quinn Adds Fayette and Vermilion Counties to State Disaster Declaration

    SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today declared Fayette and Vermilion counties state disaster areas, bringing to 15 the number of Illinois counties to receive the designation after several tornadoes ravaged the state on Sunday. Other counties declared state disaster areas by Governor Quinn include Champaign, Douglas, Grundy, Jasper, LaSalle, Massac, Pope, Tazewell, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, Will and Woodford counties.

  • Window Display Contest Winner

    Tiger Lily Florist and Gift Shop won first place in the Christmas window display competition held during Olde Tyme Christmas last weekend.

    OUR PLACE Youth Center won second place, and Sunshine House Health Food Store won third place.

  • Cookie Walk Workers

    Three members of Soroptimist International of Vandalia serve a customer during the organization's Cookie Walk during Olde Tyme Christmas.

    From left to right are Leigh Hedgpeth, Lynn Gartke and event co-chairman Megan McCarty.

  • News Briefs

    Deadline for family histories is Nov. 24

    Sunday is the final day to submit family histories for and order copies of the Fayette County, IL History and Family Book
    The Sunday deadline will allow time for mailed submissions to arrive and for the book committee to get final connections and corrections made.
    Late entries may be accepted if the committee knows they are coming.
    Anyone having questions or needing help finishing up their histories can call committee chairwoman Judy Brazle at 347-2207.

  • News Briefs

    Deadline for family histories is Nov. 24

    Sunday is the final day to submit family histories for and order copies of the Fayette County, IL History and Family Book
    The Sunday deadline will allow time for mailed submissions to arrive and for the book committee to get final connections and corrections made.
    Late entries may be accepted if the committee knows they are coming.
    Anyone having questions or needing help finishing up their histories can call committee chairwoman Judy Brazle at 347-2207.

  • Toys for Tots Starts Up

    Arthur Young Inc., the Chevrolet dealership that operates the Toys for Tots program for Fayette County Caring and Sharing, has begun collecting toys for this year's Christmas baskets.

    New and like-new toys will be collected through Dec. 9. Dennis Young of the dealership is shown with toys already donated.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, November 21

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Friday, November 22

  • Council favors keeping 2013 levy at same level as this year's

    With the city’s auditor presenting the options of increasing the tax levy or keeping it the same for next year, Vandalia aldermen said that they favor the latter.
    However, their plan to accomplish that differs from that suggested by the auditor.
    Mayor Rick Gottman presented to aldermen on Monday night the two levy options prepared by Timmermann and Co. Ltd.

  • Mabrys file second answer to city complaint

    The couple operating a restaurant on Vandalia Lake has filed its second answer to a city complaint aimed at shutting them down.
    David Cates, the attorney for Steve and Latisha Mabry, filed in Fayette County Circuit Court last Friday a response to the complaint filed by the city at the end of June.
    In its complaint, the city contends that in a 1988 ordinance, a Highland couple agreed to subject the property now owned by the Mabrys to residential zoning. In exchange, the city allowed James and Ann Hediger to have a boat dock at that location.

  • 'The good Lord took care of her'

    Tina Abendroth was fighting back tears, knowing how close she had come to losing a family member in Sunday’s tornado.
    As Ina Abendroth’s family members provided information to Fayette County Emergency Management Coordinator Kendra Craig, Tina Abendroth talked about her mother-in-law’s harrowing experience.
    Ina Abendroth was sitting in a recliner in her home, which is slightly north of Cumberland Trail Growers, when she realized that a tornado might be headed her way.