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  • Rauner in Vandalia on Monday
  • UPDATED: Arrest made in child abuse case

    Updated:  Aubree Hammer, 23, of Vandalia, was arrested by the Granite City Police Department today and transported back to the Fayette County Jail on the warrant for aggravated battery to a child with great bodily harm or permeant disability. Bond is set at one million dollars.  I have attached the booking photo and previous press releases.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 3

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
    ✔ 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 4

  • Judge finds probable cause in Brownstown meth case

    A judge ruled on Tuesday that a Brownstown man who was arrested in January on three methamphetamine charges should be held over for trial.
    At the close of a preliminary hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court, Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor ruled that the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison can proceed with the prosecution of Travis Metzger, 43, on felony charges.

  • Republicans hold annual Lincoln Day dinner

    The area congressional representative who is facing a challenge in the March primary focused on what he sees as some of his accomplishments during a party event in Fayette County on Saturday.

  • A Welcome Addition

    About two weeks after Fayette County Hospital began using its new addition, hospital staff welcomed hundreds of county residents interested in looking at the final product of the 16-month project.

  • I-70 concerns

    Representatives of local emergency response agencies met with an Illinois Department of Transportation representative on Tuesday afternoon to voice concerns about traffic flow as the replacement of a second bridge on Interstate 70 gets under way.
    Specifically addressed during that 45-minute meeting at Vandalia’s Public Safety Building was the possibility of emergency responders to get to an accident or other incident in the area west of the bridge construction.

  • SWCD tree sale now under way

    It is tree sale time!
    The Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District has ordered large quantities of trees, and those available this year include white pine, Norway spruce and Douglas fir.
    The white pine and Norway spruce make very good windbreaks. They both grow relatively fast and have a fairly good survival rate.  

  • Vandalia man gets six years for meth charge

    A Vandalia man was sentenced to six years in prison on Tuesday upon pleading guilty to a methamphetamine charge.
    Daniel R. Tedrick, 30, pleaded guilty to participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, 15-100 grams, a Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

  • Vandalia Police investigating case of possible child abuse

    The Vandalia Police Department reported on Tuesday that it is investigating a possible child abuse.
    Chief Jeff Ray said that at 2:01 p.m. last Thursday, officers responded to a medical facility on a report of possible child abuse.
    Ray said that a 3½-month child had been transported to Fayette County Hospital for treatment, and that due to the seriousness of the child’s injuries, the VPD activated the Illinois Child Death Task Force.