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  • Hiring officer gives VPD full-time investigator

    Hiring another officer “isn’t just to create another patrolman,” Police Chief Jeff Ray told Vandalia aldermen on Monday.
    Instead, the hiring of that officer would allow the department to have a full-time investigator, Ray said.
    At the recommendation of its personnel, finance and insurance committee, the city council voted to authorize the city’s police and fire commissioners to hire an officer.

  • St. Elmo child found 75 minutes after reported missing

    OnSept. 25 at approximately 9:14 a.m., a report of a missing juvenile was takenby the St. Elmo Police Department.

    Uponarrival a brief search was conducted but the child was not located. Officers then contacted the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office for further assistance. Immediately, St. Elmo Fire Department and First Responders were dispatched to the scene. The child was described as an 8-year-old white male.

  • Smith holds first law enforcement session

    Seeing that he has no opposition in November, it’s a given that Chris Smith will be Fayette County’s next sheriff.

  • It took some guts

    As she worked to help organize an event that would raise funds for Brownstown’s VFW post, Robyn Pontious really had no idea how well the event would be received.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 25

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Evans Public Library will host PACK from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to read to DarnFar Ranch's specially trained therapy dogs. Registration is required; to register, call the library at 283-2824 or stop by the library.

  • $5.5-million project for FCH

    Fayette County Hospital is taking on a $5.5-million project designed to improve both the hospital’s operations and its service to the public.

  • VCC inmate caught 18 hours after escape

    About 18 hours after he escaped from the facility, a Vandalia Correctional Center inmate was captured.

  • VCC escapee captured
  • FAYCO raises money for ALS research
  • VFW ruck march is this Saturday

    Brownstown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9770 is holding a fundraiser on Saturday that will have participants walking a considerable distance.
    The post is holding a nine-mile ruck march/walk, with participants taking off from the American Legion Home in Vandalia and trekking to the Post 9770 Home in Brownstown.
    For those not wishing to make the full march, there is an alternate starting point in Bluff City.
    After the march, a meal and refreshments will be served at the VFW Home, The event will include live music and raffles, including a gun raffle.