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  • Early voting begins on Thursday

    Fayette County voters can begin casting ballots for the November general election this Thursday, and when they do so, they will be using new voting equipment.

    Jay Bennett and Joe Filbret of Platinum Elections were at the Fayette County Courthouse to install new touch-screen voting machines and new tabulating machine.
    Bennett said that with the system, voters will insert a blank piece of paper into the voting machine and use a touch screen to cast their ballots.

  • Wine & Ale with Abe is Saturday

    The Vandalia Historical Society is for the second time hosting a fall event at the Vandalia Statehouse as it continues to raise funds for the Statehouse window restoration project.
    The second annual “Wine & Ale with Abe” is on the Statehouse lawn from noon-9 p.m.
    While the event feature wine and craft beer tasting, it also includes food from local vendors and other beverages.
    A $20 tasting fee includes 10 tasting tickets and a choice of a signature wine or pilsner glass. Tickets are available at the Statehouse.

  • Child porn arrest

    A Vandalia man is jailed on $700,000 bond after being arrested on child pornography charges earlier this week.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 20

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia is inviting all local women and young ladies to its program at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse. The guest speaker, Marisa Thomason, will talk about her recent mission trip to El Salvador. All guests are welcome to purchase lunch if they wish. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP with Janice Hejl at 322-6538 or by email at janice.hejl@gmail.com.

    Friday, September 21

  • FCCF's Carnival in the Park is Saturday

    The Fayette County Cancer Fund will once again be holding the Carnival in the Park to help raise funds to assist cancer patients living in Fayette County.
    This year’s event will be held from 4-8 p.m. this Saturday at Rogier Park on Fillmore Street in Vandalia. In the event of rain, the carnival will be held at the Family YMCA of Fayette County on Rock Island Avenue in Vandalia.

  • Homecoming Hijinks
  • No water, sewer hike

    While there was some support for raising water rates to begin building up funds for a new water plant, the Vandalia City Council decided on Monday not to increase water and sewer rates.
    During a work session held prior to Monday’s city council meeting, Tricia Elam of Timmermann and Co. Ltd., the city’s auditing firm, presented aldermen with five options on water and sewer rates based on operating costs.

  • School sales tax going on ballot

    Eight years ago, superintendents from school districts in Fayette County met to learn about the benefits of enacting a countywide 1 percent sales tax.
    Now, school officials are moving forward with a plan to put that sales tax increase before county residents.
    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday approved a resolution to put on the April 2, 2019, consolidated election ballot a vote on a “retailers’ occupation tax and a service occupation tax,” commonly known as the sales tax.

  • Bicentennial Picnic
  • Positive West Nile test on bird

    A dead bird collected in Fayette County has tested positive for West Nile virus.
    Jodi Smith, director of Environmental Health at the Fayette County Health Department, said that the positive test on a bird is in addition to the two West Nile virus positive mosquito batches detected so far this summer.
    The positive mosquito results demonstrate the continued need for protection from mosquito bites, Smith said.
    Surveillance for West Nile virus includes collecting dead crows, blue jays and other perching birds.