Today's News

  • Voter problems

    The Fayette County Board is scheduled to vote on Thursday on replacing the county’s aged voting equipment for the county, something the board leadership concedes should probably have been done last.
    The board’s finance committee agreed during its meeting last Wednesday to make the recommendation of spending about three-quarters of $1 million for new equipment after hearing about numerous problems during the consolidated election earlier this month.

  • Well faces loss of license

    Former Vandalia superintendent of schools Rich Well is facing the possibility of losing his professional educator license after allegations of sexual misconduct with a student while he was a teacher more than two decades ago surfaced.

  • School district issues release on former superintendent
  • Casting a Ballot
  • Unofficial Fayette County Vote Totals

    Shall prohibition of liquor sales continue:
    Ward I
    James D. Russell-22
    Ward II
    Jordan Mahon-45
    Ward III
    Rick A. Mills-47
    Ward I
    Kenneth Hubler-45
    Joseph W. Crawford-19
    Ward II
    Russell W. Stunkel-149
    Ward III
    Joel Rebbe-133
    Ward IV
    B. John Clark-165

  • Tarkington is new chamber director

    The Greater Fayette County Chamber of Commerce has a new director with more than 20 years of business experience.

  • Brownstown OKs liquor sales

    By almost a 2-to-1 margin, Brownstown residents voted to allow the sale of liquor in their community.
    Of the 135 casting ballots on Tuesday, 88 voted to discontinue the village prohibition of liquor sales, and 47 voted to continue it.
    In Otego 1, the vote was: Yes 45, No 84; and in Sefton 1, it was: 2 yes, 4 no.

  • Vandalia School Board has four new members

    The Vandalia Board of Education has four new members after Tuesday’s consolidated election.
    Kevin Satterthwaite defeated Dustin Murray for a two-year term, and Adam Braun, Joe Schaal and Ryan Lewis unseated incumbents Matt Hall, Judy Wasmuth and Jay Smith.
    In the race for the two-year seat, Satterthwaite received 712 votes in Fayette and Montgomery counties to unseat Murray, who received 695 votes. Murray was appointed to the board in November after Chris Palmer resigned.

  • TIF concerns aired

    A small group of residents that included the superintendent of schools and several business owners expressed their concerns about the city’s Tax Increment Financing program at Monday’s city council meeting.

  • School sales tax OK'd by voters

    Encouraging passage of a 1-percent sales tax for Fayette County schools, Vandalia Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Garrison told voters in her district that they had a choice.
    They could continue to let property taxes solely bear the burden, Garrison said, or they could lighten the property tax load by approving the sales tax.
    Voters in all precincts in the Vandalia district passed the sales tax, and overall, the measure passed in 21 of 28 districts, with 1,840 county voters (59.53 percent) supporting the tax and 1,226 (39.66 percent) voting against it.