Local News

  • Six-year sentences on cannabis charges

    Two California women who were arrested in January for possessing a large amount of cannabis after calling for police assistance agreed on Monday to serve prison sentences.
    Christina Phaviseth, 20, of Redding, Calif., and Joana Rebollar-Limon, 18, of Anderson, Calif., each signed a plea-bargaining agreement that includes a six-year prison sentence.
    Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor approved the plea bargains during a court hearing on Monday.

  • Work planned on high school

    The Vandalia Board of Education approved on Tuesday an initial step in making some needed improvements to the district’s high school and administration building.
    The board approved a resolution allowing health life safety monies to be used for three projects.
    Those include replacing steel lintels on the north side of the high school, replacing a portion of the brick exterior and tuckpointing various areas on the north and east sides of the high school.

  • Downtown Distillery planned

    An Iowa man with local connections and his wife are planning the startup of a unique business in a downtown Vandalia landmark.

    And Rick and Cindy Radliff are getting some help from the city to do so.
    The Radliffs traveled from their home in Des Moines on Monday to be on hand when the city council acted on their application for a Tax Increment Financing grant.
    The Radliffs plan to operate Witness Distillery in the building at 330 W. Gallatin St., which served as the home of Allen Furniture for many decades.

  • Two more celebrities commit to Greenville Graffiti show

    A teen heartthrob from the early 1970s and an actor who specialized in playing nerds will be signing autographs this summer at the sixth annual Greenville Graffiti Car Show in Greenville.
    Barry Williams, who starred as Greg Brady on the legendary comedy TV series The Brady Bunch, and Eddie Deezen, who played Eugene Felsnic in Grease and Grease 2, will appear at the show on Saturday, June 17.
    Their appearance continues a Greenville Graffiti Car Show tradition of featuring celebrities.

  • We Apologize

    It was incorrectly stated in last week's issue that FAYCO Enterprises is operating its recycling program at its building on Veterans Avenue. FAYCO has just recently sold that building and has moved its recycling program to 2022 Wagner St., south of Octochem.
    We apologize for the error.

  • Friday is Bunny Run T-shirt deadline

    The Fayette County Health Department is holding a 5K Bunny Run on Saturday, April 8, and Friday is the last day to register and be guaranteed a T-shirt.
    The run/walk is being held at 9 a.m. on April 8, with the proceeds going to the Family YMCA of Fayette County's Strong Kids Program, which helps children in no-income and low-income families to participate in YMCA events and activities.
    All children age 12 and under participating in the Bunny Run will receive a medal.
    The registration cost is $20, with children age 5 and under free (unless a T-shirt is purchased).

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 23

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group will meet from 1-2 p.m. at the library. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 282-2824.
    ✔ 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, March 24

  • FAYCO has GloBingo this Friday

    GloBingo to benefit FAYCO Enterprises and the FAYCO Foundation will be held this Friday at the Hillsboro Moose Lodge, with $1,000 in cash prizes.. Doors open at 6 p.m., and bingo starts at 7 p.m. The cost is $25 in advance and $30 at the door; for advance tickets, call 283-0638 or 1-217-532-9250, or email kimt@fayco.org. The evening includes a lottery tree and 50/50 raffle.

  • Man charged for his role in fatal crash

    A Brownstown man has been charged with a felony offense for his role in a January crash that resulted in the death of another Brownstown resident.

  • Loan money going fast

    One month after approving a new budget that included a significant loan from Fayette County’s capital improvement fund, a large chunk of the loan funds have been spent to cover expenses.
    At Tuesday’s Fayette County Board meeting, County Treasurer Rose Hoover said that she had already transferred $500,000 of the $600,000 loan from the capital improvement fund to the general fund, and that she would be transferring the balance of the loan funds this month.
    Hoover told board members that the general fund balance at the end of February was about $38,000.