Local News

  • Morrison begins run for office without opposition

    Joshua Morrison can be assured that he will have opposition this November as he seeks to become Fayette County’s state’s attorney.

  • Open house Sunday at museum

    Area residents will have the opportunity on Sunday to see improvements to the home of the Fayette County Museum, and to learn about improvements planned in the future.
    An open house will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the old Presbyterian Church at 301 W. Main St., the home of the museum and Artworks Gallery.
    The open house, which includes refreshments, is part of a fundraising effort for improvements to the upstairs sanctuary, which has been used for art shows.

  • Woman found guilty in cannabis trial

    A Fayette County jury deliberated only 15 minutes before finding a rural Vandalia woman guilty of cannabis manufacture.
    Tammy L. Finley, 50, was convicted of the unlawful manufacture of between 2,000 and 5,000 grams of cannabis.
    Finley was charged with the offense, a Class 1 felony, on Sept. 17, 2010. The offense is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $150,000.

  • Meth maker gets 18 years in prison

    A Vandalia man who was arrested on methamphetamine charges twice in a three-month period was sentenced to prison on Monday after pleading guilty.
    Eric L. Hohlt, 45, was sentenced to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of participation in methamphetamine manufacturing.
    Hohlt was sentenced to nine years on each of the two counts, with the sentences to be served consecutively, according to court records.
    Each of the counts is a Class X felony, punishable by up to 40 years in prison.

  • NEW: Double fatality ruled suicide-homicide

     After an extensive investigation by Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen into the Feb. 19 crash on U.S. Route 51 south of Vandalia, a conclusion as to the cause of the crash has been reached.

    Two people lost their lives in this crash, 22-year-old Joshua Jezek of Sandoval  and 74-year-old Robert Norris of Vernon.

  • Voicing Their Opinions

    Members of the Vandalia Woman's Club are shown writing letters to this area's U.S. senators and to Congressman John Shimkus (R-Ill., 19th District) asking that they deny the transfer of land from the Shawnee National Forest to Peabody Coal Co.

    From left to right are Mary Truitt, Euna Francisco, Darleen McKenna, Grace Lebold, Rae Evans, Wilma Brown, guest Elaine Bush and Peg Dees.

  • News Briefs

    Marathon sign going on eBay

    After hearing a number of people express interest about the Marathon sign at the former Tri-County Petroleum property, the city of Vandalia has taken the sign to Liberty Stop, Drop and More for placement on eBay.

    Relay team holds trivia night

    The Harvesters of Hope Relay for Life team will hold a trivia night on Saturday, March 31, at Bethel Baptist Church, located northwest of Vandalia on Ill. Route 185.

  • St. Louis man killed in I-70 accident

    A St. Louis man was killed in an accident near the Brownstown exit of Interstate 70 early Saturday morning.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 22

    ✔ 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, March 23

    ✔ Alternative Education Programs classes will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. for school improvement.

  • State way behind on funds to schools

    Eight months into the fiscal year, the Vandalia Community School District has received only one of the quarterly categorical payments from the state. That amounts to a shortfall of about $500,000 in funding for items such as transportation, special education and the food program.
    Additionally, the district has received no state funds for the Pre-K program that it reintroduced this year.
    In the vocational area, the district has received only one of the four annual payments.