Local News

  • School finances still in good shape

    With two months left in the current fiscal year, the Vandalia School District continues to be in a good financial position.
    “We still have positive balances in all of our funds,” Superintendent Rich Well said about the financial report presented at last week’s Vandalia Board of Education meeting.

  • Judge denies request to suppress statements in murder case

    A judge has agreed to suppress a statement made by a Loogootee teen in an ambulance shortly after he allegedly murdered a couple living a short distance from him.
    But, Judge Michael McHenry denied a motion by Clifford Baker’s attorneys to suppress statements he made during a videotaped interview a few hours later.
    McHaney filed on Tuesday an eight-page docket entry that included his rulings on several motions argued during a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court last Friday.

  • Another spring of flooding

    Another extremely wet spring has again delayed planting for Fayette County farmers, particularly those with low-lying ground in the county.

  • Judge denies suppression of teen's videotape statement

    A judge denied on Tuesday a motion to suppress statements made by a 16-year-old Loogootee teen several hours after he allegedly murdered a neighboring couple.

    Judge Michael McHaney filed in Fayette County Circuit Court on Tuesday an eight-page docket entry that included his rulings on motions made during a hearing in the Clifford Baker case last Friday.

    Baker is charged with murdering Mike Mahon and Deb Tish in their Loogootee home last August. He is being held in the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center on $2 million bond.

  • Vandalia Lions' Easter egg hunt is at 1 p.m. on Sunday

    The Vandalia Lions Club's Easter egg hunt will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Ruemmelin Park on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia.

  • Community Calendar-April 21, 2011

    Thursday, April 21

    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Friday, April 22

  • Quick response to bomb threat at FCH

    A bomb threat to Fayette County Hospital on Friday afternoon resulted in the brief evacuation of all patients in the facility and FCH Long Term Care.

  • City thanks 4 outgoing aldermen

    Two weeks before welcoming their four new aldermen, Vandalia officials said goodbye to four individuals who served as aldermen for a combined 68 years.

  • Getting their heads together

    The only National Road Interpretive Center in Illinois moved one step closer to completion on Monday, with the unveiling of busts of four men who were instrumental in the construction of the only federally funded and federally built highway in the nation.

  • Deadline for Ruemmelin requests is May 1

    Charles J. Ruemmelin, a quiet man with piercing brown eyes spent many of his working hours at the Fayette County Courthouse where he researched and prepared abstracts of title.
    Not active in civic organizations, Ruemmelin moved to Springfield to live near his sister after his mother’s death.
    After his sister’s death, Ruemmelin chose First National Bank to serve as trustee of his estate to establish and administer the Charles J. Ruemmelin Foundation.