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  • Sex offender gets 62 years

    A rural Altamont man has been sentenced to 62 years in prison for sex crimes.
    William R. Fulk, 37, was sentenced at the end of November after pleading guilty in September to six of 12 charges filed against him in July of this year.
    Fulk pleaded guilty to two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and four counts of criminal sexual assault.
    He presented open pleas of guilt, meaning that he admitted to the crimes without any agreement on his sentence.

  • Redwood owners found guilty

    The owners of the Redwood Inn were found guilty of violating the city of Vandalia's ordinance that prohibits smoking in bars.

    A six-person Fayette County jury returned a guilty verdict on each of three tickets issued to G&T Holdings at the completion of a one-day trial.

    The jury also assessed the maximum fine of $500 on each of the three tickets issued by the city in August of last year.

  • Vandalia Lions host leadership seminar

    The Vandalia Lions Club and the District 1-L of the Lions of Illinois recently hosted a leadership seminar at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus.
    The meeting was conducted by District 1-L Gov. James Strange of Altamont.
    Lions International has begun a new program for increasing leadership and membership in the clubs.
    This seminar was provided to the officers and members of District 1-L.

  • Brownstown raffling off Pujols poster

    A raffle is being held for a 48-inch-by-80-inch Albert Pujols  “Got Milk?” banner.

  • Master Gardener deadline extended

    If you have an interest in gardening and want to learn more about gardening, fruit trees, and how to manage insect pests, you may want to check out the University of Illinois Extension’s Master Gardener program.
    More than 3,500 master gardeners across Illinois volunteer in their community and share their knowledge with others through their local Extension office.
    Master Gardeners are an important part of the educational mission of local University of Illinois Extension offices.

  • SWCD Honors First National Bank

    The Fayette County Soil & Water Conservation District recently presented a plaque to First National Bank of Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka, Mulberry Grove and Greenville for its long-time support.

  • New state law on electronics disposal

    Beginning Jan. 1, it will no longer be legal for individuals to dispose of unwanted electronics in their regular trash.
    Discarded electronics – including computers, monitors, electronic keyboards, scanners, fax machines and many other electronic devices – must be taken to a registered recycler for proper management.
    It will be illegal for the consumer to dispose of them in the trash, and it will be illegal for Illinois landfills to accept them.

  • Helping Kids with Cancer

    Sew Liberty recently hosted a "sew-in," making pillowcases for kids with cancer. Using colorful fabric donated to the cause, volunteers made 22 pillowcases.

    Four women participated in the event, including the owner of Sew Liberty, Jennifer Flowers, and her mother, Kim Pope, from Colorado Springs. Also participating were Viola Blankenship and Nancy Shipman. The pillowcases will be given to hospitals for children who are fighting cancer.

  • Calendar-Dec. 1, 2011

    Thursday, December 1

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, December 3

    ✔ St. Elmo's Holiday Celebration will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Holiday activities begin this weekend

    The Christmas season in Fayette County gets into full swing with a variety of activities over the next few days.