Local News

  • Holding on Tight

    Fayette County resident Chandler Durbin holds on tight while competing in the rodeo offered by C-Bar Rodeo at the Fayette County Fair last Thursday night.

  • Gillespie trial reset

    The jury trial for the former librarian of the St. Elmo Library District who is charged with stealing money from the district has been pushed back.
    The trial for Terri E. Gillespie had been scheduled to begin on July 30, but at a pretrial hearing on Wednesday morning, another pretrial was set for Aug. 8.
    Gillespie’s jury trial is now set for Aug. 27.
    Discussions on a possible plea agreement between Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen G. Friedel and Gillespie’s attorney, D. Peter Wise of Springfield are continuing.

  • Council sets salaries for elected officials

    As the Vandalia City Council took the first step in setting salaries for city officials elected in the spring on Monday, Mayor Rick Gottman announced that his name would be on the ballot.
    Gottman said that he plans to seek a fourth term in office, making that announcement as the council voted to support a slight pay increase for the mayor.
    And, Gottman said, if he is re-elected, he would give that increase to a non-profit organization.

  • City treasurer now an appointed post

    About three weeks after one alderman said he was “leaning toward a referendum” on making the city treasurer position appointed instead of elected, the Vandalia City Council took that action itself.
    The council voted unanimously to make that change, which will go into effect on May 1 of next year.
    Mayor Rick Gottman explained the reason for the motion, stating that the ordinance was drawn up upon “a request from some of you (aldermen).”

  • Vandalia's treasurer will be appointed, not elected

    Starting next spring, the city of Vandalia's treasurer will be appointed, not elected.

    The Vandalia City Council voted unanimously to switch the treasurer's job to an appointed position.

    The council did so over the strong objection of Marjorie Blythe, who is in her fourth term as city treasurer.

    The council also voted to reduce the treasurer's salary at $4,000. The salary for the part-time position is now $14,000.

  • Faces at the Fair
  • Details for Brownstown Alumni Reunion given

    Everyone attending the Brownstown Alumni Reunion on July 21 at the Moose Lodge in Vandalia will be asked to verify that their current addresses on file are correct.
    For anyone who has sent in a dinner reservation, the address will have been updated and verified. Debbie Fulk will be assisting with address updates/corrections.

  • Miss Fayette County Court

    Abigail Hill (seated), who was crowned the 2012 Miss County Fair queen on Monday, is shown with her court, which includes the winners of other pageants held at the fair.

  • Little Miss Fayette County Court

    Shelby Sasse (seated), who was crowned the 2012 Little Miss Fayette County Fair queen on Monday evening, is shown with her court.

    Standing, from left to right, are: Emma Smith, 2011 Little Miss Fayette County; Marisa Thomason (back), 2011 Miss Fayette County; Alexia Tate, first runner-up; Sarah Craig, 2012 Jr. Miss Fayette County; and Mattie Brown, second runner-up.

  • Jr. Miss Fayette County Court

    Sarah Craig (seated), who was crowned the 2012 Jr. Miss Fayette County Fair queen on Sunday evening, is shown with her court.

    Standing, from left, to right are: Candyce Stout, first runner-up; Marisa Thomason, 2011 Miss Fayette County Fair; Brooke Mayfield (back), 2011 Jr. Miss Fayette County Fair; Emma Smith, 2011 Little Miss Fayette County; and Cori Hipsher, second runner-up.