Local News

  • Former St. Elmo librarian pleads not guilty to theft

    The former director of the St. Elmo Library District who has been charged with embezzling funds from the district has pleaded not guilty.
    Terri E. Gillespie, 51, of St. Elmo, entered the plea on Monday while making her first appearance with an attorney in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    Gillespie, who is being represented by D. Peter Wise of Springfield, waived her right for a preliminary hearing. Her trial has tentatively been set to begin at the end of April.
    Gillespie was charged with two counts of felony theft on Jan. 5.

  • Thomason being deployed with National Guard firefighters unit

    A local man who acquired firefighting skills while a member of the Brownstown Fire Department will be putting those skills to use in Afghanistan.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, February 9

    ✔ A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at noon at All About You Day Spa, 522 W. Gallatin St., Vandalia
    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Friday, February 10

  • Soil and water seminar is Feb. 16

    Soil, water, and air interactions will be the focus of a soil and water management seminar sponsored by University of Illinois Extension on Feb. 16.
    The workshop will be held at the Effingham County Extension office at 1209 Wenthe Drive in Effingham.  Presentations will be delivered via PowerPoint and webconferencing from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

  • Rams visit Tiffanae Litaker

    Sam Bradford (right) and other St. Louis Rams players visit Tiffanae Litaker at Children's Hospital at Christmastime.

    Litaker, the 13-year-old granddaughter of Randy and Marie Siebert, is undergoing treatment for rabdomyosarcoma in St. Louis. To learn Tiffanae's story and follow her on her journey, go online to www.caringbridge.org and sign in as a visitor to her website.

  • Health department observing American Heart Month

    February is American Heart Month, and unfortunately, most people know someone who has had heart disease or stroke.

  • Man gets 3 years in federal prison for gun offense

    A Fayette County man who pleaded guilty in federal court to firearms charges has been sentenced to a little less than three years in federal prison.
    Timothy Shellenbarger, 22, of St. Elmo, was given a 35-month prison sentence on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis, according to U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton.
    Shellenbarger, who has been in custody since Dec. 17, 2010, will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence. He was fined $375 and ordered to pay a $200 special assessment.

  • Man gets 7 years for sex crime

    A Shobonier man who pleaded guilty last month to a sex crime was sentenced last week to seven years in prison, three years less than the cap agreed to by prosecutors.
    Associate Judge Allan F. Lolie Jr. of Shelbyville handed down the sentence for Jarvis R. Denning at the completion of the hearing last Wednesday in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    Denning, who is required to serve at least 85 percent of the seven-year sentence, was given 115 days credit for time he has served in the Fayette County Jail since his arrest.

  • Clymer, Ashdown receive Abe Awards

    Two men, each with a long history of involvement in community activities, were presented Abe Awards at last Thursday’s annual banquet of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

  • Towing the line: Ice storm means business, long hours

    While Fayette County residents have been enjoying the spring-like weather in recent days, no one likely appreciates the warmer temperatures than Lynn McDowell.