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Local News

  • County OKs tight budget

    As the Fayette County Board presented the county’s budget for the upcoming year at a hearing on Tuesday, discussion was focused mainly on one department, the sheriff’s office.
    Then, during its regular monthly meeting, the board OK’d that new budget, over the objection of Sheriff Aaron Lay.
    At the budget hearing, board Chairman Steve Knebel said the bottom line figure for the county’s new budget is $9,908,336.

  • First Baptist Church hosts seminar on drug trends

    Area educators and law enforcement officials were among the large crowd learning about current trends in drug abuse.

  • Bells will be ringing at Olde Tyme Christmas

    Olde Tyme Christmas in downtown Vandalia will have a new sound to it this year. That sound will be bells ringing in the 300 block of West Gallatin Street.

  • Hysterical Historical Markers

    William Furry, executive director of the Illinois State Historical Society, presented a program Sunday on "Hysterical Historical Markers," in which he described strange and humorous signs he's found around the state.

    The program was sponsored by Historical Vandalia Inc.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, November 14

    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. at Vandalia Airport.
    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will host P.A.C.K., beginning at 5:30 p.m. Children are invited to visit the library and read with DarnFar Ranch's specially trained therapy dogs. Registration is required; call the library, 283-2824, to register.

  • Deadline for emergency food and shelter fund applications is Friday

    Fayette County has been chosen to receive $10,707 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

  • VFW Auxiliary again part of Wreaths Across America

    The VFW Ladies Auxiliary at Old Capitol Post 3862 in Vandalia is again participating in the national Wreaths Across America project.
    An annual project that started more than 20 years ago, Wreaths Across America is about remembering, honoring and teaching about veterans.
    The Ladies Auxiliary at Post 3862 place more than 200 wreaths at the graves of veterans in Fairlawn, Maxey, McInturff, Mulberry Grove, Noffsinger and Taylor cemeteries.

  • Soroptimists seeking nominees for awards

    Soroptimist International of Vandalia is a volunteer organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls in the local community and throughout the world.
    There are two monetary awards given at the local level (Fayette County only), with the winners sent on to the district level.
    The awardees from the district level can proceed to the region level.

  • Learning About Horses

    Some clients at FAYCO Enterprises had the opportunity to learn about horses during a visit to the Okaw Saddle Club.

    Here, Lillian Hufstedler and supervisor Dianna Laurent work on building up their comfort level with horses while Brenda Reese and Cory Elam look on.

  • Lions Halloween Parade Winners