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  • Adult reading program signup at Evans Library

    Registration for an adult reading program at Evans Public Library is under way and runs through April 20.
    The program is open to adults ages 18 and over, and books must be checked out from Evans Public Library.
    For each book read, an adult will fill out a paper with his or her name and phone number. Those will be included in a drawing for prizes at the end of the program.

  • Bicentennial board set celebration schedule

    The Bicentennial Board of Directors, which was formed in August 2017 by the Vandalia City Council, has released its schedule of events for the city’s 200th birthday celebration, scheduled for June 13-16.

  • County again rejects prevailing wage law

    After voting to re-open and withdraw a motion made last November on an ordinance for the county’s compliance with the Prevailing Wage Rate Act, the Fayette County Board voted as it did last September – to reject the ordinance.
    In a 13-1 vote along party lines, the board voted for the second time in seven months to not go along with that act.

  • Driver in fatal crash OKs prison term

    A Missouri man who was charged with causing a fatal accident in June of last year could serve up to seven years in prison.

  • It's not just salaries

    A week after hearing how much the state’s new minimum wage rate law will add to the salaries of the county’s hourly employees over the next five years, the Fayette County Board heard about other financial impacts of the new law.
    Last Tuesday, Dustin Harmon of Bellwether, the county’s administrative consultant, said that the consultant is projecting that the new law will add about $120,000 for salaries in the next five years.
     “It’s more than just what it’s going to mean to the hourly workers,” Harmon said.

  • 65 years and counting

    As an ag student at Vandalia High School who was a member of the local chapter of Future Farmers of America, Herb Woolsey planned to continue working on the family farm.

    Instead, more than six decades later he continues to head up a successful family-focused business that serves area farmers and is known nationwide as a leader in his field.
    And, along with that success in business, Woolsey has more than three decades of service in the military.

  • State police are conducting NITE patrols

    Illinois State Police District 12 Commander Capt. Cory Ristvedt announced that the ISP will conduct Nighttime Enforcement patrols in Fayette, Marion, Effingham and Clay counties during March.
    NITE patrols allow the ISP to focus on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to impaired driving and occupant restraint violations especially between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 7

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia invites all local women to its business meeting at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse. Guests are welcome to purchase lunch. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP with Janice Hejl, 322-6538 or janice.hejl@gmail.com.

    Friday, March 8

    ✔ There is bingo at the American Legion Home in Vandalia.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.
    Saturday, March 9

  • Wilhour seeks input from local residents

    SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City) announced last week that the House Appropriations-Capital Committee began meeting last week to hear from various state agencies and advocates regarding their requests to be included in a possible capital bill this session.
    Over the next couple of months, the Ccommittee will be holding several subject matter hearings to learn and understand the current capital needs of the state.

  • Herrick man guilty of predatory sexual assault

    A Herrick man will be sentenced on April 9 on three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault after being found guilty last week in a bench trial in Fayette County Circuit Court.