Local News

  • News Briefs

    Summer Lunches for Kids underway

    An expanded and more frequent Summer Lunches for Kids program this week began another year of operation in Fayette County.
    Under that program, free lunches are available to school-age children from 11-11:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from June 9 through Aug. 15.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 12

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board will meet at 4 p.m. in the Rogier Park pavilion on West Fillmore Street.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Operation Emerick

    Pictured are law enforcement officials who participated in the special enforcement patrols for commercial vehicles in memory of Terry Emerick, an Illinois Commerce Commission officer who was killed in the line of duty on Friday, May 25, 1994.

    Those participating included officers with the Vandalia Police Department, Fayette County Sheriff's Office, Illinois State Police, Illinois Secretary of State Police, Illinois Commerce Commission Police and Hillsboro Police Department, as well as Fayette County State's Attorney Joshua Morrison.

  • Relay for Life
  • Local business adds to reward for info on fire

    A local business is teaming up with Fayette County Crimewatchers in offering a reward for information about last month’s fatal fire.
    That fire at High School Apartments in the early morning hours of May 10 claimed the life of one of the complex’s residents, 63-year-old Jerry Voris.
    A State Fire Marshal investigator ruled the fire an arson, and continued to investigate the case with the Vandalia Police Department.

  • County OKs new computer equipment for elections

    About five months before the next election, Fayette County is getting a much-needed upgrade to equipment used for elections.
    The county board approved on Tuesday an agreement with Platinum Technology Resource for that equipment.
    Through the five-year, $60,415 contract, the company will provide the county with new software for voter registration, according to Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun, the county’s election official.

  • Trial date set for city suit

    A trial date has been set for the city of Vandalia’s complaint against a couple it believes is operating a restaurant on the city lake illegally.
    Judge Allen Bennett last week signed a case management order that set Dec. 8 as the date for a bench trial in the city’s case against Steve and Latisha Mabry.
    The order states that the bench trial is estimated to last three days, and that the final pretrial hearing in the case is set for Dec. 1.

  • News Briefs

    Summer reading program under way

    Evans Public Library and McDonald’s invite local youth to sign up for the library’s summer reading program, "Paws to Read."
    "Paws to Read" offers two reading programs this summer – one for students entering kindergarten through sixth grade, and one for students in junior high through newly graduated high school seniors.
    Prizes will be awarded for reading throughout the summer, and three special programs will be offered during June at the library.

  • First in a series of webinars on state policy is Tuesday

    Illinois is in fiscal crisis, with no easy solutions. Many tools will be needed to fix the problem, according to policy experts.
    The Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox is a virtual resource center providing papers that assess policy options and frame the issues surrounding Illinois’ precarious budget situation.
    Using high quality academic scholarship, leading policy experts from the University of Illinois provide a nonpartisan overview of the state’s fiscal situation, and evaluate the pros and cons of a variety of revenue and spending options.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 5

    ✔ 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.