Local News

  • Benefits options studied

    The Fayette County Board renewed dental and vision coverage for its employees, but that renewal may be for only one month.
    As the board voted on that issue, Wade Wilhour, chairman of the board’s insurance and personnel committee, said he would be presenting to the board next month a proposal related to that coverage.
    Wilhour said that of the county’s 88 employees, 59 – including seven elected officials – are not represented by a union.

  • County OKs Mabry license, 7-6

    By the narrowest of margins, in its third vote on the issue, the Fayette County Board approved on Tuesday a liquor license for a new restaurant on Vandalia Lake.
    The board voted 7-6 on the request from Steve “Luke” and Latisha Mabry, who opened The Lake House last month.
    The vote came two weeks before the future of the restaurant is determined in court.
    On Thursday, Sept. 24, a judge will decide whether the city has the authority to enforce a 1988 agreement that subjected the Mabrys property to residential zoning.

  • County OK's liquor license

    In a 7-6 vote, the Fayette County Board OK'd on Tuesday a liquor license for The Lake House restaurant on Vandalia Lake.

  • Schaal announces candidacy for county clerk and recorder

    A Farina woman has decided to run for Fayette County clerk and recorder, meaning that there will be a contest for that post in 2014.


    Barb Schaal of the Farina area announced on Monday evening that she will run for the office being vacated next year when Terri Braun retires.

    Schaal, a Republican, is the second person to announce her candidacy for the post. Last month, Democrat Kelly Taylor, who is currently serving as Braun’s chief deputy, announced her candidacy.

  • Lions Candy Days

    Mayor Rick Gottman, left, signed a proclamation declaring this Friday and Saturday as Lions Candy Days in Vandalia.

    With the mayor is Vandalia Lions Club member Tony Flowers. On Friday and Saturday, Lions members will be giving out candy as they accept donations for its programs to help vision- and hearing-impaired individuals.

  • Celebrating the end of summer
  • Extension BBQ is Saturday

    The Fayette County Extension Foundation will hold a 4-H barbecue dinner from 4-7 p.m. this Saturday at Rogier Park in Vandalia.
    The menu will include a pork burger or butterfly pork chop, baked beans, chips, applesauce, homemade dessert and drink.  Tickets: 13 years of age and up, $7; and 5-12 years of age, $5; children under 5 eat free.
    In addition to the meal, a bounce house and horse-drawn carriage rides will be available.  A silent auction of various items will also be conducted.

  • Briefs

    September is library card signup month

    A library card grants access to books, e-books, computers, homework help, assistance with resumés and job searches, music, movies and more. In September, Evans Public Library will be waiving all lost card replacement fees, so it is a perfect time to update library cards.
    The library will also be giving out gift bags to the first 25 people who sign up for a new card.

    Crop survey, dinner are next Thursday

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 5

    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, September 7

  • Shimkus visits FAYCO

    The staff of FAYCO Enterprises hosted U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill., 19th District) last Wednesday, showing the congressmen work done by FAYCO clients in the sheltered workshop's facility on Sunset Drive in Vandalia.

    Above, FAYCO Marketing Coordinator Mike Sahr (far left) talks to Shimkus about the workshop. At far right is FAYCO Executive Director Kim Taylor.