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Local News

  • Halloween in Vandalia

    Five Star Learning Center (first photos) took first place in the float division at the Vandalia Lions Club's annual Halloween parade last Thursday evening.

    Among the parade watchers, second photo, was 3-year-old Olivia Roe, dressed up as a Halloween Jack-o-lantern. More photos from the parade, and from the Downtown Trick-or-Treat on Saturday, are in a photo gallery on our website.
     

  • Park Board looks to fill vacancies

    Vandalia Park District officials are looking for individuals willing to run for district board seats next spring.
    In fact, they are looking for a couple of individuals who are willing to begin serving right now.
    Chuck Hutson, president of the park district board, said on Tuesday that the board is down to three members following the resignations of two members.
    Long-time board member Mark Miller, who was serving as president of the board, resigned recently, and Larry Bingham, another long-time member, resigned several months ago.

  • Sex offender agrees to 10 years

    A Brownstown man accepted a prison sentence for a felony sex offense right before his case was to be presented to a jury.
    Lloyd W. Merkley accepted a plea bargain on Tuesday that includes a 10-year prison term.
    Merkley, 61, pleaded guilty to predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

  • Tipsword ceremony is Sunday

    Area history buffs and those with the name Tipsword in their lineage will want to come to the Beecher City Area Kluthe Center this Sunday afternoon.
    Charla Bartscht Fischbach of Shelbyville is on a mission to recognize Effingham County’s oldest settler, Griffin Tipsword.
    He was a Revolutionary War Soldier who died between 1840 and 1845, and is buried in the Tipsword Cemetery just south of Beecher City.

  • Jan Merriman, mother support each other in cancer battle

    The year 2010 one that Jan Merriman would like to forget.
    In that 12-month period, her father-in-law was diagnosed with skin cancer.

  • Lions announce Halloween parade winners

    Midland States Bank is the sponsor of the second-place float award.

  • Mulberry Grove man died in motorcycle crash

    A Mulberry Grove man died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Wednesday evening.

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said that Danny White, 58, was riding a motorcycle on U.S. Route 140 about one mile west of County Road 300 East at about 6 p.m. when he failed to make a turn and crashed.

    Bowen pronounced White dead at the scene of the crash at 6:24 p.m.

  • News Briefs

    Carlyle Lake area tour is this Sunday

    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, in conjunction with the Carlyle Lake Waterfowlers Association Inc., will be conducting a site tour of the Carlyle Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area this Sunday
    The guided tour, by personal vehicle, will give interested parties a chance to view Sub-impoundments 1 and 2 prior to the upcoming waterfowl season, which begins on Nov. 10.

  • Next museum program is Sunday, Nov. 4

    The second in this Seasons of Events sponsored by the Fayette County Museum will be held on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m., in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    Entry is from the parking lot west of hall.
    Linda Dust, a storyteller from Assumption, will provide the program. She has relatives buried in Vandalia and will be telling historical family stories.

  • Library has Food for Fines program

    Evans Public Library in Vandalia is sponsoring its second annual Food for Fines program.
    Food for Fines allows people who have library fines to reduce them by donating non-perishable food items that are then given to the local food bank.
    In these tough economic times, there is an even greater need for services like the Fayette County Food Pantry, which will receive the food collected from Food for Fines.