Local News

  • Mock Wreck at BHS

    Five days before their prom, students at Brownstown High School learned about the dangers of drinking and driving through a mock crash held in the school parking lot.

  • Nine years in meth case

     A Vandalia man has been sentenced to nine years in prison on a methamphetamine charge.
    Michael P. Ambuehl, 23, pleaded guilty on Monday to an amended charge of aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing.
    The reduced charge filed by the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison alleged that Ambuehl participated in the manufacture of up to 400 grams of methamphetamine in a structure in which a person under the age of 18 was present.

  • City Cleanup Week is May 19-23

    Vandalia residents who are customers of Doty Sanitation will have the opportunity to get rid of unwanted items during the city’s annual Cleanup Week, May 19-23.
    The unwanted items are to be placed alongside regular trash on residents’ normal trash pickup days.
    Residents are asked to pile items on the curbside in a manner that they would like to have were they to pick it up themselves.
    Any lumber should be cut in reasonable lengths, stacked and, if possible, bundled into reasonable weights.  

  • Aldermen concerned about animal control

    Two Vandalia aldermen said at Monday’s city council meeting that they plan to appear before the Fayette County Board in May to discuss the county’s animal control contract.
    Brothers B. John Clark and Neil Clark said they are concerned about the percentage of dogs and cats being taken in that are euthanized.
    B. John Clark brought up the issue at the April 7 meeting, saying that a local resident had approached him about that issue.

  • Fulk pleads to lesser felony

    A Fayette County murder-for-hire case ended on Tuesday with the Farina man being charged with that offense being found guilty of a lesser felony charge.
    Mark G. Fulk, 36, was fined and placed on probation after being convicted of a charge of disorderly conduct in a stipulated bench trial, and was released from custody later in the afternoon.

  • News Briefs

    Ramsey to celebrate 150th birthday
    The village of Ramsey will celebrate its 150th birthday with a celebration on Saturday, May 3.
    The celebration includes a 10 a.m. parade, with lineup at 9:30 a.m.; a ceremony featuring several speakers; a cake-cutting; kids' games at noon; a husband-calling contest at 12:30 p.m.; music by the Beecher City Kitchen Band from 1-2; pie contest at 1:30 p.m; horseshoes tournament at 2 p.m.; talent show at 2:30 p.m.; and music by Thunder Road from 6-9 p.m.

  • Coroner investigates three deaths

    Fayette County’s coroner is continuing to investigate three recent deaths in the county.
    Coroner Bruce Bowen said on Sunday that shortly after 9 a.m. on Saturday, 44-year-old Cassandra Pollard was found dead by a friend at the friend’s rural Vandalia home.
    Bowen pronounced Pollard dead at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, and said on Tuesday that he has determined that her death “was not of natural causes."

  • 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.