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  • Raising funds & enhancing lives

    At a spaghetti dinner held to raise funds for the Fayette County Extension Foundation, volunteers of all ages were serving patrons.
    That only makes sense because of the purpose of University of Illinois Extension.

  • Farina man charged with murder solitication

    A Farina man is being held in Fayette County Jail without bond for allegedly trying to have his wife killed.
    Mark G. Fulk, 35, was arrested last Friday on a charge of solitication for murder.
    The office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison has charged Fulk with solicitation of murder for hire, a Class X felony.
    In the information, Morrison’s office alleges that Fulk approached a man and offered to him cash, a motorcycle, auto shop and house as payment for killing his wife.

  • All but Ramsey OK electric aggregation

    Fayette County
    Yes-896
    No-894

    St. Elmo
    Yes-214
    No-170

    Vandalia
    Yes-699
    No-431

    Brownstown
    Yes-32
    No-31
    Ramsey
    Yes-72
    No-97
     

  • Gottman wins re-election; Myers wins in St. Elmo

    Ricky Gottman won a fourth term as Vandalia’s mayor, taking a little more than 58 percent of the vote in defeating challenger Brian J. Stout.

  • Unofficial Fayette County Vote Totals

    VANDALIA
    Mayor
    Ricky J. Gottman-739
    Brian J. Stout-531

    City Clerk
    Peggy Bowen-1,150

    Aldermen
    Ward I-Jerry Swarm-130
    Ward II-Dorothy Crawford-247
    Ward III-Mike Hobler-276
    Ward IV-John A. Lester-436

    ST. ELMO
    Mayor
    H.L. “Ernie” Myers-303
    Larry R. Tish-137
    Dennis R. Riley-4

    City Clerk
    Patricia L. Mathis-391

    City Treasurer
    Mary E. Magnus-398

    Aldermen

  • Gottman wins re-election; Myers wins in St. Elmo

    Mayor Ricky Gottman won a fourth term as mayor, defeating Brian J. Stout, 633-465.I

    In St. Elmo, Ernie Myers defeated incumbent Larry Tish, 278-118, to win the mayoral race.

     

  • Mayoral Questionnaire-Brian J. Stout

    BRIAN J. STOUT
    Age:
    30
    Occupation: Insurance claims adjuster.
    Education: Attended Indiana Bible College and Vale National Claims School and graduate of Kaskaskia College and Missouri Auction School.
    Family: Wife, Chelsea; and two daughters, ages 2½ and 1.
    Church, club memberships: Metro Community Church.
    Offices held in past, elected and otherwise: N/A
    Why did you decide to run for office?

  • Mayoral Questionnaire-Ricky J. Gottman

    RICKY J. GOTTMAN
    Age:
    52
    Occupation: Director of facilities and support services of Fayette County Hospital (35 years); mayor of the city of Vandalia (12 years); and chief deputy coroner of Fayette County (21 years).

  • Brownstown Library plans activities, events

    Several exciting upcoming events are planned at the Brownstown Branch Library, and even those sho don’t have a library card, come and join in the fun.
    On Thursday, April 11 at 6 p.m., the public is invited to a jewelry-making class led by Leah Washburn. Take any material you would like to use and find how to make it into something lovely to wear or gift.
    There are big changes coming to the Brownstown Branch Library with a makeover. Therefore, the library will be closed April 22-26 to accomplish all the changes needed to update and upgrade.

  • Marquardt, Patterson win Idol titles

    The final night of Vandalia Idol saw two Vandalia Idols chosen.