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  • Man faces multiple charges after high-speed chase

    A Brownstown man is facing numerous charges after a high-speed chase on Thursday night that ended in a wreck that injured the driver and his passenger.
    The Illinois State Police reported on Friday that the wreck occurred at about 11:30 p.m. about four miles north of St. Elmo, at county roads 2450 North and 1875 East.
    The state police said that Zachariah Garrison, 20, was driving west on 2450 North when a St. Elmo police officer attempted to make a traffic stop.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 24

    ✔ 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 in Vandalia will host PACK (Pups Assisting Children with Kindness) from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Children of all ages are welcome to read to DarnFar Ranch's specially trained therapy dogs. Registration is required; to register, call the library, 283-2824, or stop by the library.

  • Murder for hire charge dismissed; guilty plea for disorderly conduct

    A murder for hire case was closed on Tuesday afternoon with the defendant in that case being found guilty of disorderly conduct in a bench trial.

    Mark Fulk, who has been in Fayette County Jail for 383 days since being charged with trying to arrange for the murder of his wife, was released from custody after Tuesday afternoon's hearing.

    Fulk was placed on probation for 30 months after Judge J. Marc Kelly found him guilty of a Class 4 felony charge of disorderly conduct.

  • Local boy in contest for wheelchair vehicle

    Southern Bus & Mobility, a dealer for wheelchair accessible vans and buses along with wheelchair/scooter lifts and other mobility equipment, joins the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association  to kick off the third annual National Mobility Awareness Month.

  • School board releases eight coaches

    At the end of a 35-minute meeting – nearly half of which was spent in executive session – the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday honorably discharged eight non-teaching coaches.

  • News Briefs

    Band Boosters' garage sale is Saturday
    The Vandalia Band Boosters will hold their second annual Huge Rummage Sale from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
    The boosters are again asking for donations for this event. They may be dropped off at the Moose from noon-6 p.m. next Thursday and Friday.
    For more information, or assistance with transporting items to the Moose Lodge, contact Ken Torbeck at NAPA Auto Parts, 283-3053.
    All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Vandalia Schools band program.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 10

    ✔ 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.

  • Teen in shooting charged as adult

    A Shobonier youth who is being charged as an adult for his alleged role in a February shooting incident has pleaded not guilty to those charges.
    Nathan T. Wiseman, 15, appeared in Fayette County Court on Monday, a month after the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison filed two felony charges.
    Wiseman is charged with the Class X felony aggravated battery with a firearm and the Class 1 felony aggravated discharge of a firearm.

  • Ishum gets 27 months for his role in fatality

    A rural Vandalia man was sentenced to 27 months in prison after pleading guilty to a charge related to fatal wreck a year ago.
    Larry Ishum, 30, last Wednesday signed a guilty plea for an amended charge of reckless homicide.
    Ishum was initially charged with reckless homicide and aggravated reckless driving last September for his alleged role in a wreck on March 31, 2013, that resulted in the death of Sonja Doggett.

  • Pay structure OK'd for 4 county officers

    The two Fayette County officers who will likely be re-elected this November will get a slight pay increase.
    However, the two people who will be elected to the two other offices will be paid 7 percent less than those currently holding those posts.
    The salaries for those four county officer positions were set in a new pay schedule approved by the Fayette County Board last Thursday night.