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  • First CEO class begins Friday

    While most high school students are thinking about school supplies, classes and extracurriculars, CEO students of the Fayette County CEO are thinking about what it looks like to start and run their own business.
    The Friday, the community will begin its First CEO program year, along with 42 CEO communities across the Midwest.
    This is just the first in a series of steps to help cultivate real life skills in our community’s young people and to enter them into a national network of high caliber, young leaders.

  • County Democrats Open Office
  • Rural Brownstown Fire
  • Community Appreciation Event
  • Vandalia ONE

    What started out as a plan to use grant funds helping Vandalia Junior High School students succeed has grown into a district-wide initiative serving all students.

  • Tax bills going out

    Fayette County property owners will be receiving their tax bills later this year, but probably a little sooner than what was expected.
    And, they now have another way to pay their taxes.
    County Treasurer Rose Hoover announced recently that tax bills will be mailed out this week, with the first installment of real estate taxes due by Sept. 17 and the second installment due by Oct. 17.
    The tax bills are being mailed out a little more than a month later than normal, due to errors in the initial calculations in the bills.

  • Vandalia School Board handles personnel matters

    With the start of a new school year just a week away, the Vandalia Board of Education met in special session on Tuesday to finalize personnel matters.
    After meeting in closed session for more than 90 minutes, the board accepted the resignations of Jenna Rich, high school special education teacher, and Amber Connor, high school science teacher and volleyball coach.
    The board also approved the following hirings:
    • Dianna L. Laurent, Vandalia Elementary School pre-K teacher, a new position.
    • Brooke Welch, VES music teacher for grades K-5.

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  • Two given prison sentences

    Two individuals were sentenced to prison for methamphetamine offenses last week in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    Melissa White, 47, of Taylorville, was sentenced to 24 months in prison on a charge of unlawful possession of methamphetamine by Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor.
    Bryan Henna, 34, of Vandalia, pleaded guilty to violating his probation on the original charge of methamphetamine and was sentenced by Sheafor to 36 months in prison.

  • Three injured in Tuesday accident

    Three individuals were injured in a two-vehicle accident in Fayette County on Tuesday afternoon.
    The Illinois State Police said that a 1988 Dodge Dakota driven by Joshua M. Lawrence, 32, of St. Elmo, was eastbound on County Road 2000 North and failed to yield at the intersection with County Road 1600 East, striking a the front passenger side of a southbound 2004 Toyota driven by Robert C. Stonecipher, 66, of Brownstown.
    The Lawrence truck came to rest on the roadway just south of the intersection, with a passenger, Edward E. Willis, 53, of St. Elmo, being ejected.