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  • Princesses for a Day
  • Some ways to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes

    As we enter mosquito season, the Illinois Department of Public Health is reminding Illinoisans of the diseases mosquitoes carry and the best ways to avoid being bitten.
    “Each year since 2002 when we saw the first human cases of West Nile virus in Illinois, we’ve seen the virus circulate across the state,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D. J.D.
    “This year, many people are concerned about a relatively news virus – Zika virus.

  • SCHS graduate Nick Jones serving as a Navy pilot

    A 2004 South Central High School graduate and Kinmundy native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, the largest base in the Southeast Region and third largest in the nation.

  • Fayette County Board agenda items

    Items on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting of the Fayette County Board include:
    • Discussion and possible approval of adding a Class B liquor license to the existing Class A liquor license for The Lake House.
    • Discussion and possible approval of salary changes for elected officials.
    • Discussion about establishing an unincorporated area within Fayette County as an Enterprise Zone.

  • Vandalia woman killed in Sunday afternoon crash

    A Vandalia woman was killed in a one-vehicle accident on Sunday afternoon.
    According to the Illinois State Police-District 18, Ashley Seigel, 29, was eastbound on Ill. Route 185 south of Coffeen on a 2002 Harley-Davidson motorcycle when she lost control of the motorcycle.
    The state police said that the motorcycle struck a guardrail, ejecting Seigel from the motorcycle.
    Seigel was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
    The ISP Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit is continuing to investigate the accident.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kenneth E. Eldridge, 30, Centralia, was arrested on May 2 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and speeding. No bond information was listed.
    • Brenda L. Lyes, 35, 320 E. Fourth St., Apt. 11, St. Elmo, was arrested on May 2 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $4,500.
    • Bobby J. Bryan, 50, Centralia, was arrested on May 2 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, improper use of registration and no valid registration. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 5

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets 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, May 6

  • Fire damages downtown building

    A fire last Wednesday evening caused substantial damage to the second story of a downtown building.
    Vandalia’s volunteer firefighters were called at 9:46 p.m. to a second-floor apartment at 414 W. Gallatin St., in the building that formerly housed Jane Isbell Jewelry and other businesses.

  • Ramsey park opens Tuesday

    Less than two weeks after it was closed due to the state’s failure to pay outstanding bills, Ramsey Lake State Park is open once again.
    Various media agencies were reporting on Tuesday that the park would reopen on Wednesday because an anonymous donor had paid the overdue bills at the Ramsey park, Horseshoe Lake State Park and Carlyle Lake.
    An Illinois Deparment of Natural Resources spokesperson confirmed the reopening of the park, telling The Leader-Union that the park actually opened on Tuesday.

  • A Crowning Moment