Local News

  • Marriage Licenses_Oct. 14, 2010

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:

    Shannon Ray Tally
    Amanda Joyce Goodman
    David John Palenchar
    Lauren DeAnn Elam

  • Community Calendar

    Friday, October 15
    ✔ A country music dance will be held at the Patoka Service Center, 210 W. Bond St., Patoka. "Charlie's Jam" will perform. Admission is by donation.

    Saturday, October 16

    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department will hold an adult flu clinic from 10 a.m.-noon at First Christian Church in Vandalia.
    ✔ Fayette County Hospital will hold its annual Health and Safety Expo at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus. The fair is from 7 a.m.-noon, and blood draws are from 7-11 a.m.

  • CO2 storage firm talks to county

    The Fayette County Board heard on Tuesday from a company that is interested in establishing carbon dioxide capture and storage operations in an area north of St. Elmo.
    JoAnn Givens, Vandalia’s director of economic development and tourism, introduced Martin Culik of Willow Grove Carbon Solutions to the county board.
    Culik said that his company has been in business for about two years, working toward the installation of injection wells to capture carbon dioxide from power plants burning clean coal.

  • Baker defense waits on psychiatric evaluation

    The attorney representing a youth charged with fatally shooting a Loogootee couple in their home last month is receiving reports that he believes are necessary for a complete psychiatric evaluation of his client.
    In a brief hearing last Wednesday afternoon in Fayette County Circuit Court, Monroe McWard, the attorney for Clifford Baker, said that he has passed on to Dr. Frederick Krug of Nashville, the doctor performing the evaluation Baker's school and medical records.

  • County looks at furlough days

    Fayette County officials are hoping that they can have employees take furlough days as they address budget issues.
    Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel said on Tuesday that he and other county officials are working on finalizing the county’s budget for the next fiscal year, “and it doesn’t look good.”
    Right now, he said, the budget has a $258,000 deficit.
    Knebel said that the board has asked the unions representing county employees to have each employee take 12 furlough days in the coming year.

  • Brady visits Vandalia

    With some polls showing that his lead was shrinking, or that he and his opponent are now dead even, the Republican gubernatorial candidate said last week in Vandalia that he doesn’t concern himself with those numbers.
    “The poll that we are most worried about is on Nov. 2,” Bill Brady said during a stop at the Statehouse.

  • Brownstown man fatally injured in wreck

    A Brownstown man died from injuries sustained in an accident on Friday morning.

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said Matthew L. Sefton, 52, was southbound on U.S. Route 51 near County Road 800 North on a motorcycle when he struck the back of a vehicle. He was pronounced dead at Fayette County Hospital at 10:48 a.m.

    A Missouri man died from injuries sustained in a skydiving accident at Vandalia Airport on Saturday evening.

    Bowen said Jonathan Bullar of Maryland Heights made a jump from about 6,500 feet, and his parachute failed to deploy.

  • Scouts holding fundraiser

  • In Uniform

    ETSN Marion M. Mayfield
    ETSN Marion M. Mayfield is now stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, abord the USS Texas SSN775.
    Mayfield, the son of Layne and Brenda Mayfield of rural Vandalia and a 2006 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, enlisted in the Army in December 2008.
    He started basic training at Great Lakes Recruit Training Center in January 2009 and graduated in March of that year.
    He then started Naval Submarine School in Groton, Conn., graduating on Jan. 14 of this year.

  • Birthdays

    Marilyn Francis
    Marilyn Francis of Vandalia will celebrate her 80th birthday on Tuesday, Oct. 12.
    Her children and grandchildren are requesting a card shower. Cards may be sent to her: c/o Nancy McDowell, 410 S. Moreland St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.