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  • Opening Ceremonies
  • City council OKs $3,000 to support new CEO program for HS students

    Vandalia officials said on Monday night that they will support an entrepreneurial program that will provide “real-life learning” for some high school students.
    And to show its support, the city council voted unanimously to give the Fayette County CEO program $1,000 a year for the next three years.
    The Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities program, in its infancy stage in Fayette County, was explained to city officials by Pat Click, Sandy Michel-Stempinski, Todd Stapleton and Sally Emerick.

  • 25 years for sex crimes

    A Vandalia man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison on predatory criminal sexual assault charges.

  • 'Sanctuary' county

    Following the lead of a neighboring county, Fayette County is now a “sanctuary” for gun owners.
    The Fayette County Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution stating its opposition to bills before state legislators that would limit the rights of gun owners as stated in the U.S. Constitution.
    None of the board members spoke before voting on the measure, but someone in the audience did.
    “For too long, Chicago has been making gun laws that affect Southern Illinois,” Mike Black said.

  • 'Sanctuary' resolution approved by county board

    RESOLUTION 2018-05-08-A
    Resolution opposing the passage of HB1465, HB1467, HB1468, HB1469, SB1657, any trailer bill, or any bill similar too, or any bill where the 100th Illinois General Assembly desires to restrict the Individual right of U.S. Citizens as protected by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.
    WHEREAS, the Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms is guaranteed and under the Constitution of the State of Illinois, and;

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 10

    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. All retired teachers in Fayette County are invited.

    Friday, May 11

    ✔ The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon at Farmers Insurance, 2425 Veterans Ave.
    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

  • City OKs, supports Eagle badge project

    The Vandalia City Council not only OK’d a Eagle badge project for a local Boy Scout that will improve Vandalia’s Little Community Garden, it agreed to support that project.

  • Friends & Families of FCH holding 5K event on May 12

    Friends & Families of Fayette County Hospital will hold their annual Heart & Sole 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, May 12.
    Registration is from 7-7:45 a.m. and the event begins at 8 a.m. at the Vandalia Shrine Club, East 2000 Ave.
    The entry fee is $25. The signup deadline to guarantee a T-shirt was Saturday, but for those who signup this week, T-shirts will be made and handed out.
    Make checks payable to Friends & Families of Fayette County Hospital.
    For more information, contact Halford at 283-4010.

  • Saturday is call-in day for pageants

    The call-in day for Fayette County Fair queen pageants is this Saturday.
    To be a Little Miss contestant, girls must be Fayette County residents and between the ages of 5 and 7 years old by July 16. To enter, call 618-780-0765 on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m.
    To be a Jr. Miss contestant, girls must be Fayette County residents entering grades 6-8. To enter, call 618-780-0765 on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m.

  • Summer Lunches for Kids work begins

    Organizers are gearing up for this year’s edition of Summer Lunches for Kids, which gets under way on June 4.
    As they plan the program for this summer, organizers are seeking volunteers and donors.
    The free lunch program will run from June 4-Aug. 1, from 11-11:30 a.m., on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the following locations:
    • Vandalia – Fayette County Health Department, 416 W. Edwards St.; Rogier Park, gazebo in the circle drive on West Fillmore Street; and new this year, Kelly Park on West Main Street.