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Local News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kelsie M. Flemming, 26, 403 N. Kennedy Blvd., Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 7 on an alleged probation violation. Bond was $4,000.
    • A 16-year-old Mulberry Grove resident was arrested on Feb. 6 on a charge of aggravated criminal sexual assault. The youth was taken to the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center.
    • Patrick M. Wilczynski, 37, Pocahontas, was arrested on Feb. 6 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, February 9

    ✔ The public is invited to the celebration of the eighth anniversary of the National Road Interpretive Center in Vandalia at 106 S. Fifth St. At 11 a.m., Phil Lewis will talk about the Looking for Lincoln program. At 1 p.m., local historian Linda Hanabarger will talk about finding a new map and a source of Vandalia's name. Refreshments will be available.
    ✔ 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.

  • Feldpouch resigns from Vandalia Park District Board

    A long-time member of the Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioner has stepped down, and his seat has been filled with a Vandalia native who moved back to the community a couple of years ago.
    Chad Feldpouch resigned at the Jan. 12 board meeting after 18 years on the park board, having moved out of the park district.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, February 2

    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ 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 3

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Teen Advisory Board meets at 4 p.m. at the library. Teens interested in joining the board should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824..

  • Pipeline payout

    Fayette County’s sheriff has taken big steps to upgrade his department’s aging fleet of vehicles, largely due to fees received for providing pipeline security details.
    Since taking office a little more than two years ago, Chris Smith has been working to find ways to replace a older fleet of vehicles with high mileage … and, thus, high maintenance costs.

  • Witnessing U.S. History

    It wasn’t the first time a small group of local residents were present for the inauguration of a U.S. president. But it was a different experience.

  • Woman not guilty of drug charge

    A Fayette County jury deliberated just 20 minutes before returning a not guilty verdict in a drug case on Monday.
    In a one-day trial held in Fayette County Circuit Court, Erin A. Meseke, 24, of Vandalia, was acquitted on a charge of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
    According to court records, the case was sent to the jury after Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor denied motion for a directed verdict (judge ruling for an acquittal) presented by Meseke’s attorney, Richard A. Cary of Centralia.

  • St. Elmo picks new superintendent

    The St. Elmo Board of Education has selected a successor to the district’s superintendent, who will be retiring at the end of June.
    Deb Philpot, a Brownstown native and Brownstown High School graduate who has been the St. Elmo superintendent for the past 12 years and in education for close to 35 years, announced on Tuesday that the school board on Monday night had approved the hiring of Julie Healy as the next district superintendent.

  • Protz a finalist at state pageant

    The reigning Miss Fayette County was chosen as a finalist in the four-day Miss Illinois County Fair Pageant.
    Brandy Protz was picked as one of 15 finalists from the field of 72 contestants in the pageant during the finals on Sunday evening.

  • Community leader Ernie Chappel dies on Tuesday

    The First National Bank family is mourning the loss of former president and chief executive officer William “Ernie” Chappel, who died on Tuesday night at his home after a brave battle with cancer.