Local News

  • Peoples acquires local First Bank branch

    The Peoples State Bank of Newton announced last week that it has signed a purchase and assumption agreement to acquire three Southern Illinois branch locations (Vandalia, Greenville and Salem) with approximately $84 million in deposits from First Banks Inc.’s banking subsidiary First Bank.  
    Peoples has also agreed to purchase the fixed assets and a small amount of loans related to the purchased branches.  They expect the transaction to close during the first half of 2018, subject to regulatory approval and satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

  • CEFS receives food, shelter funds

    C.E.F.S. Fayette County has been chosen to receive $4,850 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
    The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; Jewish Federations of North America; Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide.

  • Blood drive is Tuesday
  • Calendar

    Thursday, November 16

    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department hospice grief support group meets from 6-7 p.m. at the health department, 416 W. Edwards St. Vandalia. For more information, call 283-7262.

    Friday, November 17

    ✔ The annual chili supper and Spirit Night sponsored by the St. Elmo/Brownstown cheerleaders will be held at St. Elmo High School. The chili supper is in the SEHS cafeteria from 5-6:30 p.m., with the cost being $6 per person. Spirit Night is in the SEHS gym at 7 p.m. Admission is $1 or one canned food item.

  • Northside Church Pays Tribute to Veterans

    The congregation of Northside Christian Church in Vandalia welcomed back a couple of familiar faces to help them observe Veterans Day.

    The church combined its regular Sunday service with a program to honor veterans, as well as those currently serving in the armed forces. The Rev. Carl Rhodes (second photo), the former pastor of the church, was invited to be the guest speaker for the program and deliver the Sunday sermon. Rhodes and his wife, Pat, are both veterans.  Veterans on hand for the combined program and service included Brad Elmore (first photo).

  • Bellwether, Wilhour respond to letter

    The two parties that County Coroner Bruce Bowen mentioned in his letter of resignation last week responded in writing to comments made by Bowen.
    In his resignation letter to county board Chairman Jeff Beckman, Bowen expressed his displeasure with the county’s new budget preparation process, saying that he was excluded from the process.
    “All the other department heads were scheduled for a budget meeting and allowed input on their budget; I was not,” he said.

  • County board accepts resignation from coroner

    The need for Fayette County to find a new coroner became official on Tuesday night.
    The county board accepted the resignation of Bruce Bowen, who submitted a letter to board Chairman Jeff Beckman last week.
    In asking for a motion on Bowen’s resignation, Beckman thanked Bowen for his service to the county.
    Bowen thanked everyone for their assistance and support during his tenure.
    “I apologize to the citizens for leaving early,” he said, adding that he felt it was time to step down from the post.

  • County OKs levy with slight hike

    While the new budget for Fayette County was approved without discussion on Tuesday night, the same was not true for the county’s new levy.
    That new levy, which has a total that is 2.93 percent above last year’s total tax extension, was opposed by four members – Wade Wilhour, Chad Austin, Keith Cole and Glen “Whitey” Daniels.
    While those four members voted against the levy passage, voting for it were Chairman Jeff Beckman, Vice Chairman Darrell Schaal, Dean Bernhardt, Glenn Gurtner, Jenny Waggoner, John Daniels Jr. and Bryce Kistler.

  • The End of a Record Season
  • Dakota Pipeline gives EMA $20,000

    Dakota Access Pipeline, LLC announced last week plans to donate $20,000 to each Emergency Management Agency across Illinois in the counties through which the pipeline travels, totaling $240,000.