Local News

  • Smith reinstates chief deputy post

    The new budget passed by the Fayette County Board on Friday includes the reinstatement of the chief deputy position in the sheriff’s office, and Sheriff Chris Smith has appointed a long-time officer in that department to the post.

  • Fire on Tuesday damages home

    A Vandalia home sustained significant damage from a fire on Tuesday evening.

  • Carryover keeps county in black

    The Fayette County Board approved on Friday night a budget that has its general fund in the black at the end of the new fiscal year. But it’s again using carryover funds to make that happen.
    In a 12-1 vote, the board approved a budget with a general fund that has revenues totaling $4,736,535 and expenditures totaling $4,865,238.
    Board Chairman Jeff Beckman said that the county is adding $128,703 in carryover funds from the last fiscal year to the new revenues figure, giving the county a total of $4,865,238 in revenues.

  • County changes language for two positions

    At its regular meeting last Tuesday, the Fayette County Board approved language changes for the positions of chief deputy and jail administrator in the contract with the Fraternal Order of Police.
    Under the resolution approved by the board, “classification seniority shall cease to accumulate for the period during which any employee holds the chief deputy or jail administrator position.”

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Jan. 21

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. at Ramsey Baptist Church on U.S. Route 51 in Ramsey.
    ✔ 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.

  • Hunt competes at state pageant

    Jenna Hunt, the 2015 Miss Fayette County, participated in the 2016 Miss Illinois State Pageant at Springfield over the weekend.

    She competed in communication, swimsuit, evening gown and business suit categories. She represented Fayette County well. Jenna is the daughter of Scott and Jennifer Hunt; Jennifer Hunt provided these photos.

  • City OKs its share for bridge project

    The Vandalia City Council on Monday approved a resolution that authorizes the spending of its share for the replacement of two bridges at Fifth and Randolph streets.
    The resolution states that the city will contribute $290,000 toward the total project cost of $1.427-million.
    Mayor Rick Gottman told aldermen that while the city had hoped to have the project included in the state’s March project bidding, that will not be possible “because of (additional) steps now required by the state.”

  • County Board to act on budget this Friday

    The Fayette County Board will meet in special session this Friday evening to vote on a budget for the new fiscal year, and approval of that budget as presented could include the return of the chief deputy position for the sheriff’s office.

    The new budget will be brought to a vote after a public hearing on that budget, set for 6:30 p.m. in the large courtroom of the Fayette County Courthouse.

  • Meth arrests in rural cemetery

    Two Vandalia residents were arrested on methamphetamine charges on Friday evening after two off-duty county deputies noticed a car in Griffith Cemetery in rural Brownstown as they drove by on Interstate 70.

  • Drug sweep nets 10 arrests

    Ten individuals were arrested on Tuesday as several area law enforcement agencies worked together on a drug enforcement sweep.
    The sweep – which involved the Southeastern Illinois Drug Task Force, Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, Illinois State Police, Vandalia Police Department, Illinois Attorney General Police and Fayette County State’s Attorney – was conducted on arrests warrants for new drug charges.
    Those arrested on Tuesday, and their charges, include: