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Today's News

  • A Capitol Idea

    Late last year, Nathan Miller, the instructor of the construction occupations class at Vandalia Correctional Center, was asked whether his class would be willing to rehabilitate the maquette of the Vandalia Statehouse.

  • County OKs solar systems, lease with solar firm

    The Fayette County Board on Tuesday approved an ordinance allowing solar energy systems in the county and then approved an agreement with a company that will install such a system on county-owned land.
    The ordinance states that the county board “has determined that solar installations should be allowed in unincorporated Fayette County,” as allowed by state statutes.
    It states that the ordinance applies to only “commercial-grade solar energy systems and does not apply to single residential homes.”

  • Coroner steps down; Harris appointed

    The Fayette County on Tuesday accepted the resignation of the county coroner and also approved his successor.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 14

    ✔ The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce is holding a Business After-Hours from 5-7 p.m. at Iya's new location, 422 W. Gallatin St.
    ✔ The Fayette County Cancer Fund will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. in the large conference room at Fayette County Hospital. All interested people are invited to attend.

    Friday, June 15

    ✔ 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.

  • Two special exhibits in June at Fayette County Museum

    June events at Artworks Gallery, located on the second floor of the Fayette County Museum in Vandalia are:
    • Fayette County Town & Country Art Show and Professional Art Show – June 16-24, with the opening critique at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
    • Special exhibit – June 16-24, Fayette County Cultural and Arts Association, 1975-85.
    It will feature: nine purchase award winners; four activity display winners; three scrapbooks of programs, clippings and miscellaneous; large poster of 40 snapshots of people and events.

  • Ribbon-Cutting for Renovated EMA Operations Center
  • No trial date set yet in murder case

    The attorney for a Mulberry Grove man charged with murder in February of this year on Friday told a judge he has a lot of work yet to do.
    Fayette County Public Defender William Starnes, who is representing David Leroy Bright, told Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor, “The (amount) of discovery is voluminous.
    “Setting a trial date now would be premature,” Starnes said.
    Starnes told Sheafor that he needs time to determine whether he will need to call expert witnesses at trial.

  • Renovation of Holiday Inn Express complete

    The Holiday Inn Express in Vandalia celebrated a multi-million dollar renovation of the hotel with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house last Thursday afternoon.

  • Grande Levée is this Friday and Saturday

    FRIDAY
    • 5-7 p.m.: Old-fashioned ham and beans dinner on Statehouse lawn, sponsored by the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance.
    • 5-8 p.m.:  Ice cream sponsored by Friends and Families of Fayette County Hospital.
    • 5-8 p.m.: Tours of the Vandalia Statehouse.
    • 5-8 p.m.: Grand Camera Obscura.
    • 5-8 p.m.: Mr. Lincoln (Randy Duncan) roaming the grounds.
    • 6-8 p.m.: Chris Vallillo, “Abraham. Lincoln in Song” (folk music). Take lawn chairs.
    SATURDAY

  • Honor Rolls

    SOUTH CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
    Fourth Quarter
    High Honors (GPA 3.75 or above)
    Freshmen: Amos Blomberg, Jessica Blomberg, Cameron Brandt, Alexa Byers, Ty Miller, Madisen Nannini.
    Sophomores: Mallory-Jean Beck, Miroslava Bezdenezhnykh, Kyle Hall, Bella Ng, Erin Schroeder.
    Juniors: Luke Barton, Miriam Blomberg, Madison Durbin, Deidre Hall, Logan Lotz, Lauren Lutz, Daniel Roberts.