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Local News

  • Can corn prices get above the current range?

    March corn futures prices continue to hover in a range between $3.48 and $3.60 since the release of the November World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report.
    The March corn futures price closed at $3.52 on Jan.19.  According to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs, despite the overall bearish information contained in the USDA reports on Jan.12, corn prices continue to stay in relatively narrow range, and that pattern may remain for the next several weeks.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Stevie L. Tallman, 36, 637 E. 1800 Ave., Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 5 for failure to appear in court and for an alleged probation violation. Bond was $6,000.
    • Donald E. Haslett, 40, RR 2, Ramsey, was arrested on Feb. 5 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Tyrone H. Holman, 45, East St. Louis, was arrested on Feb. 5 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $75 cash.
    • Jolana A. Ribble, 39, 415 E. Cumberland Road, was arrested on Feb. 5 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $5,000.

  • Early voting for March primary is put on hold

    Early voting will be not be allowed as of this Thursday, Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder said on Wednesday.
    Conder said that early voting has been postponed due to an appeal filed by Scott Drury, a Democratic candidate for Illinois attorney general.
    Conder said her office will inform the public through the local media once the appeal is acted on.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, February 8

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. at Evans Public Library.
    ✔ The Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary meets at 6 p.m. at the Legion Home.

    Friday, February 9

    ✔ 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.

  • Birthdays of Lincoln, National Road center celebrated Saturday

    Two history-related birthdays will be celebrated in Vandalia this Saturday.
    From 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the National Road Association of Illinois Interpretive Center, located at 106 S. Fifth St., will celebrate its 10th birthday.
    The birthday celebration is an opportunity for area residents to visit the center and learn about the history of the National Road. Vandalia is the terminus of the road, with refreshments available.
    At 1 p.m., the Vandalia Historical Society will host the annual Lincoln’s Birthday celebration at the Statehouse.

  • Judge considers Baker's request to lower sentence

    A judge has agreed to consider a request for a lower sentence filed by a Loogootee man who murdered two of his neighbors while he was a teen.
    At the end of a brief hearing last week in Fayette County Circuit Court, Judge Allan Lolie said that he would take under advisement Clifford W. Baker’s request to reconsider his request.
    Baker, 23, was convicted in October 2011 of fatally shooting neighbors John Michael “Mike” Mahon and Debra Tish while they slept in their Loogootee home in the early morning hours of Aug. 4, 2010.

  • Making Lady Vandal History
  • Large tax overpayment believed an anomoly

    While some taxing entities are expected to receive more money than they anticipated, it is believed that a significant amount for one entity is an anomaly.
    Initially, all local school districts feared that this may be a major widespread issue throughout after one district learned that it’s tax monies are much more than what they expect to get.
    But Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder said that such a large overpayment is thought at this time to be a rare occurrence.
    Any such issues, Conder said, “will be taken care of.”

  • Audit: water, sewer rate hikes needed

    Unless the Vandalia City Council takes action, city residents will be seeing their water and sewer rates increase by more than 7 percent.
    In presenting the city’s annual audit prepared by Timmerman and Co. Ltd., Dale Timmerman told city officials that the expenses for the water and sewer systems increased by $143,321 and $73,948, respectively.
    Percentage-wise, those are increases of 7.82 for water and 7.54 for sewer.

  • McGinnis dies in prison; flu believed to be cause

    A Greenville man who was sentenced to prison for murdering his ex-wife’s attorney and shooting up the office of his attorney in Vandalia has died in prison.
    Various media outlets reported on Tuesday that Kelly L. McGinnis died while incarcerated at Lawrence Correctional Center in Sumner.
    The Belleville News-Democrat reported that Judge John Knight, who prosecuted McGinnis while serving as the state’s attorney in Greenville, said that McGinnis died from influenza.