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  • Second sanctuary resolution

    One month after the Effingham County became a sanctuary county for gun owners, Fayette County followed suit. Now, the Fayette County Board has again taken the same action as their neighbors.
    This is now a sanctuary county for unborn human beings, due to action taken on Tuesday by the Fayette County Board.
    The board voted unanimously to approve that resolution, which mirrors a resolution approved in Effingham County last month.

  • Late tax bills this year

    Property owners may be receiving their Fayette County tax bills a month later than usual, and possibly two months later.

  • County OKs new real estate fee structure

    The Fayette County Board on Tuesday approved a resolution changing the structure for real estate recording fees.
    The resolution implements a “predictable fee schedule that eliminates surcharges or fees based on the individual attributes of a standard document to be recorded.”
    Under the resolution, land documents include deeds, leases, amendments, interest documents, mortgages, easements or miscellaneous documents effecting the definition of documents containing a legal property description.”

  • Farina 4th of July Parade-2018
  • Fayette County Board to vote on sanctuary vote for unborn human beings

    For the second time in two months, the Fayette County Board is scheduled to consider following the Effingham County Board on an issue.

    A month after the Effingham board approved a resolution declaring that county as a sanctuary for the life of unborn human beings, the Fayette County Board will consider on Tuesday night a similar resolution.

    The resolution states:

  • Reservations being taken for SWCD meeting

    The Fayette County Soil & Water Conservation District will celebrate its 75th anniversary when it holds its annual meeting this summer.
    The event will be held at the Moose Lodge in Vandalia on July 26.
    Doors will open at 6 p.m. for registration and a meal catered by Martin’s IGA will begin at 6:30 p.m.
    The entertainment for the evening will be the Birds of Prey from the World Bird Sanctuary.
    Those who haven’t seen the Birds of Prey should make a point to attend. It is an excellent presentation, no matter your age.

  • Conder, chief deputy attend election security conference

    With cybersecurity a prime concern ahead of Election Day, election authorities from throughout the state gathered in Chicago for a two-day briefing from some of the top federal and state experts on digital security in elections.
    Those attending the conference included Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder and her chief deputy, Jessica Barker.

  • Two killed in I-70 wreck

    Two individuals were killed last Tuesday evening in an accident on Interstate 70 near St. Elmo.
    According to the Illinois State Police, a 2017 Volkswagen Jetta driven by Michelle C. Davis, 36, of Allentown, Pa., was traveling east on I-70 at milepost 75, just west of St. Elmo, and a 2011 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Jerry L. Brown of Atlanta, Ga., was parked on the right shoulder of the eastbound lanes.
    The state police said that the Davis vehicle drove completely onto the shoulder at a high rate of speed and struck the rear of the tractor-trailer.

  • Calendar

    Friday, July 6

    ✔ 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.

    Saturday, July 7

    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia is holding a Travel Story Saturday at 1 p.m. at the library. Children of all ages are invited to listen to stories and make a craft.

  • Fireworks Saturday; no carnival this year

    The Vandalia Lions Club will offer its annual fireworks display this Saturday, but it’s unable to provide a carnival this year.
    Lions President Les Smith said that the fireworks display will be presented this Saturday, as usual, over Vandalia Lake.
    However, Smith said, the Lions are not having a carnival in the lake marina campground this year.
    Smith said that the carnival that has been used for the past few years recently ceased operations, and the Lions Club has not had enough time to find a suitable replacement.