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  • Health department observing American Heart Month

    February is American Heart Month, and unfortunately, most people know someone who has had heart disease or stroke.

  • Man gets 3 years in federal prison for gun offense

    A Fayette County man who pleaded guilty in federal court to firearms charges has been sentenced to a little less than three years in federal prison.
    Timothy Shellenbarger, 22, of St. Elmo, was given a 35-month prison sentence on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis, according to U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton.
    Shellenbarger, who has been in custody since Dec. 17, 2010, will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence. He was fined $375 and ordered to pay a $200 special assessment.

  • Man gets 7 years for sex crime

    A Shobonier man who pleaded guilty last month to a sex crime was sentenced last week to seven years in prison, three years less than the cap agreed to by prosecutors.
    Associate Judge Allan F. Lolie Jr. of Shelbyville handed down the sentence for Jarvis R. Denning at the completion of the hearing last Wednesday in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    Denning, who is required to serve at least 85 percent of the seven-year sentence, was given 115 days credit for time he has served in the Fayette County Jail since his arrest.

  • Clymer, Ashdown receive Abe Awards

    Two men, each with a long history of involvement in community activities, were presented Abe Awards at last Thursday’s annual banquet of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

  • Towing the line: Ice storm means business, long hours

    While Fayette County residents have been enjoying the spring-like weather in recent days, no one likely appreciates the warmer temperatures than Lynn McDowell.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, February 2

    ✔ 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, February 4

  • Texas man killed in I-70 accident on Monday

    A Texas man was killed in an accident early Monday morning on Interstate 70 in eastern Fayette County.
    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said that James Tinsley II of El Paso sustained fatal injuries when struck by a tractor-trailer shortly before daylight.
    According to the Illinois State Police, a tractor-trailer driven by Tinsley was involved in a crash, which Bowen said resulted in his lights being disabled.

  • Clymer, Ashdown win Abe Awards

    Abe Clymer and John Ashdown are the latest residents to be honored by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce for their service to the community.

    Clymer was honored for his years of serving as Vandalia's Abraham Lincoln. Clymer, a member of the Lincoln Presenters, successfully lobbied the organization to hold its annual convention in Vandalia several years ago.

    Ashdown was honored for his leadership in the construction of a new Family YMCA facility.

  • Clymer, Ashdown receive Abe Awards

    Abe Clymer and John Ashdown were presented with Abe Awards at the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce banquet on Thursday night.

    Clymer was chosen to receive an Abe for the years that he has served as Vandalia's Abraham Lincoln. A Lincoln presenter, Clymer successfully lobbied to have the national presenters group hold its convention in Vandalia.


    Ashdown was honored for his leadership in the campaign for a new Family YMCA facility.

    Coverage of the chamber banquet will be in Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Clymer, Ashdown receive Abe Awards

    Abe Clymer and John Ashdown were presented with Abe Awards at the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce banquet on Thursday night.

    Clymer was chosen to receive an Abe for the years that he has served as Vandalia's Abraham Lincoln. A Lincoln presenter, Clymer successfully lobbied to have the national presenters group hold its convention in Vandalia.


    Ashdown was honored for his leadership in the campaign for a new Family YMCA facility.

    Coverage of the chamber banquet will be in Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.