Local News

  • Carving an international reputation of quality

    “We do a lot of bears,” Mike Rhodes will tell you about the chainsaw carving business that he and his daughter, Wendy, operate in rural St. Elmo.

  • Mabrys file motion to dismiss

    The Vandalia couple planning to open a restaurant on Vandalia Lake filed on Monday its response to a city suit aimed at preventing them from operating that business.

    Steve “Luke” and Latisha Mabry’s attorney, David Cates of Swansea, filed a motion to dismiss the city’s request for a declaratory judgment in Fayette County Circuit Court.

    In their motion, the Mabrys contend that their property is outside city limits and that the city has “has no jurisdiction beyond their corporate limits.”

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 25

    ✔ 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.
    Friday, July 26

  • Vandalia Memories

    This week's photo from Vandalia Memories is an aerial photo of the southwest corner of the intersection of Veterans Avenue (U.S. Route 40) and Sunset Drive.

    This and other photos, and comments that include information about the photos, are online at Vandalia Memories, a Facebook page started in June 2010 by Kathy Schultz of Vandalia.

  • Living Our History

    Vandalia's inaugural Lincoln Heritage Festival was held over the weekend, featuring a lot of activities and some presentations about Vandalia during the time that Abraham Lincoln served as a state representative at the Vandalia Statehouse.

  • Bowen announces candidacy for sheriff

    A Vandalia man who has served as Fayette County’s coroner for the past 13 years wants to be the county’s next sheriff, saying that he already is very familiar with the office.

  • Man accepts eight years in prison

    A rural Brownstown man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty last week.
    Erich S. Kraemer, 24, last Tuesday signed a guilty plea for the charges of possession of methamphetamine precursors and theft more than $500.
    Judge James Roberts sentenced Kraemer to eight years in prison on the charge alleging that on April 26 of this year, he possessed pseudoephedrine “in a form other than a standard dose form, with the intent that it be used to manufacture (10-20 grams) of a substance containing methamphetmine.”

  • Man charged with firing at others

    A Keyesport man faces felony charges for both possession and shooting a firearm.

  • ISP ordered to turn over documents

    A judge ruled last week that the Illinois State Police must turn over records and documents related to its relationship with a witness in the case of a Farina man who is charged with trying to arrange for the murder of his wife.
    That judge will then review items that are presented by the state police, then provide a written decision on whether those items may be released to the attorney for Mark G. Fulk.

  • Mad Dog clubhouse burns Sunday

    The clubhouse of the Mad Dog Motorcycle Club burned early Sunday morning.

    Vandalia's volunteer firefighters were called to the clubhouse, located north of Vera, at about 4:30 a.m. on Sunday. Upon their arrival, firefighters found the structure destroyed.

    An investigator with the Office of the State Fire Marshal was called to investigate the fire.