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Today's News

  • 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 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.

  • Community Appreciation Event
  • Rural Brownstown Fire
  • County Democrats Open Office
  • 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.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 16

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia is inviting all local women and young ladies to its program meeting at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse. Gail Lannom, owner of Priority Staffing Group, will be the guest speaker. All guests are welcome to purchase lunch, if they desire. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP with Janice Hejl, by calling 322-6538 or by email, janice.hejl@gmail.com.

    Friday, August 17

  • Two injured in ATV/deer accident

    A St. Elmo couple was airlifted to HSHS St. John’s Hospital on Saturday evening after the all-terrain vehicle they were riding on was struck by a deer.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Darrin L. Wright, 49, and Cheryl K. Wright, 49, were traveling north on Fayette County Road 1700 East, .1 mile south of County Road 2660 North, eight miles north of Brownstown, when a deer struck the front of their ATV.

  • Three given prison sentences

    Three individuals have been sentenced to prison in Fayette County Circuit Court:
    • Melissa White, 47, Taylorville, was sentenced by Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor to 24 months in prison after pleading guilty to possession of methamphetamine.
    • Jeffrey Durbin, 24, Beecher City, was sentenced by Sheafor to 36 months in prison after pleading guilty to possession of a stolen vehicle.
    • Justin D. Ellis, 29, Beecher City, was sentenced by Sheafor to 24 months in prison after pleading guilty to criminal damage to property.

  • Vandals Bass Club hosts tourney

    Nine teams participated in a tournament at Vandalia Lake on Saturday that was hosted by the Vandalia Vandals Bass Club.
    Centralia won the tournament, a South Central team took second, and Vandalia and another South Central team tied for third place.
    Vandalia’s teams included Gail Dugan and Connor Satterthwaite, Melvin McKinney and Brendan Boley, and Mike Bowles and Michael Bowles.