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Today's News

  • Arm Prairie Church finds its long-lost bell

    The Arm Prairie Christian Church was built in 1879, with the completion of construction possibly running into 1890, roughly making the church building close to 140 years old.

  • County OKs solar systems law

    After considerable discussion, the Fayette County Board last week approved an ordinance that will allow solar energy systems in unincorporated areas of the county.
    But, board members were told, that action does not create “a situation where there is going to be a tsunami of solar panels everywhere.”
    The ordinance, Assistant State’s Attorney Brenda Mathis said, allows solar systems on county property and in unincorporated residential areas. It does not allow for such systems within municipal boundaries in the county, she said.

  • Graduation Days
  • Collaborative effort

    What started out as a plan of Vandalia’s new superintendent of schools to inform local organizations about the district’s idea of developing more ways to help local youth and their families has grown into a collaborative effort to make that happen.
    Dr. Jennifer Garrison told school board members on Tuesday that the first community collaboration meeting was held earlier this month, during which three short-term goals were set:
    • Aligning food pantries for the community.

  • Vandal Olympics
  • 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;