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  • Calendar

    Thursday, December 6

    ✔ 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, December 7

  • Holiday Open House at Statehouse

    The Christmas Open House at the Vandalia Statehouse is this Saturday, from 4-6:30 p.m.

  • TIF grant OK'd for former Jr. Food Mart

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday two TIF grants, including one for the rehabilitation of a building at a major intersection in the city.

  • Merkley's request to withdraw guilty plea denied

    A Brownstown man who pleaded guilty in October to a felony sex crime was unsuccessful in his bid to withdraw that plea.
    At the conclusion of a hearing Friday, Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm denied Lloyd W. Merkley’s request for a new trial on a charge of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.
    Merkley, 62, agreed to accept a 10-year prison sentence for the Class X felony in signing a plea agreement Oct. 30.

  • Taking the Oath

    Those who were elected to Fayette County offices were sworn into office on Monday morning by Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm, chief judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit.

    Taking the oath of office in the photo in the first photo is Joshua Morrison, who was elected state's attorney at the general election. In the second photo is Kathy Emerick, who was elected to the circuit clerk's post.

  • FCHD observes hospice and home care month

    Hospice
    Hospice care is considered the model for quality compassionate care for people facing a terminal illness. Hospice provides expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Michael D. Gottfried, 51, El Paso, Texas, was arrested on Nov. 27 for driving 106 mph in a 55-mph zone. Bond was $2,000.
    • Crystal L. Snider, 29, RR 3, Vandalia, was arrested on Nov. 26 on charges of driving while her license is suspended or revoked and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $1,500.
    • Guadalupe Quintanilla, 35, Homestead, Fla., was arrested on Nov. 25 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and speeding. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, November 29

  • News Briefs

    Relay for Life event participants sought

    Organizers of an event to benefit Fayette County Relay for Life are looking for participants for the event.
    Local crafters, woodworkers, jewelry makers, artists, quilters, pottery makers, toy collectors and makers of various handmade items are being invited to set up booths for the event, to be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday at the Vandalia Eagles Club.
    The event will include various concessions, a 50/50 drawing and silent auction.

  • Holiday activities set for the weekend

    The holiday season kicks into high gear in Fayette County this weekend with a number of activities.
    Christmas in St. Elmo
    St. Elmo’s annual holiday event on Friday evening gets under way with the lighting of the city Christmas tree at Fourth and Main streets at 6 p.m.
    The evening includes music, carriage rides, food and a gift certificate drawing, and Santa will be available for photos.
    Breakfast with Santa
    Soroptimist International of Vandalia bring back a popular holiday event this Saturday morning.