Local News

  • New teachers' contract approved

    One week after teachers in the Vandalia district approved a new one-year contract, the Vandalia Board of Education at a special meeting on Wednesday also OK’d the pact.

    Both sides agreed to a contract that gives teachers a 2 percent raise and offers more options for health insurance. Though no increase was granted in the benefits package to cover additional health insurance premiums, the district made available two higher-deductible plans that will lower teachers’ premium payments. The teachers previously had only two plans from which to choose.

  • Denny's Opens

    The new Denny's Restaurant opened in Vandalia last Sunday evening.

    Owner/manager Dave Behrends, shown above, said that the opening of the 24-hour restaurant went smoothly. The 3,500-square-foot restaurant seats 132 customers either in booths or at  the counter. It is located next to the Fast Stop Travel Center at the western I-70 interchange. Nationally, Denny's has more than 1,550 restaurants

  • Just a Swingin'

    Lexi Supp enjoys one of the rides at the carnival offered late last week by Historical Vandalia.

  • Fire destroys Hagarstown area home

    A fire believed to be electrical in nature destroyed a home near Hagarstown early last Wednesday morning.
    Vandalia firefighters were called to the home of the Brad Wilkerson at midnight.
    Upon their arrival, firefighters found the home to be fully involved in flames.
    Fire officials said the fire appeared to have started in a laundry area and spread to a stairway.
    Fifteen Vandalia firefighters responded to the call. Firefighters from the Mulberry Grove and Keyesport fire protection districts provided mutual aid assistance.

  • Farmer injured in accident

    An Augsburg area farmer was injured in an accident on his farm last Thursday morning.
    According to the Fayette County Sheriff's Office, Wayne Summann, along with some other individuals on his farm, driving a utility tractor to pull some posts.
    One of the other workers noticed after a while that Summan was no longer on the tractor and went to check.
    According to the sheriff's report, the worker found Summann in a ditch trapped under the rear of the tractor.
    Summann was airlifted to an area hospital for treatment.

  • FAYCO earns re-accreditation

    FAYCO Enterprises, a not-for-profit organization with facilities in Fayette, Montgomery and Bond counties that provides services to individuals with disabilities, was recently awarded a three-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities extending to June 30, 2014.
    This is the group’s 11th consecutive three-year certification. CARF has established international standards by which organizations such as FAYCO are reviewed.

  • St. Peter Prairie Days is this weekend

    St. Peter will host its 36th annual Prairie Days celebration this Friday and Saturday.
    The celebration kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday with a chicken and walleye dinner at the city park.
    Softball and sand volleyball tournaments begin at 6 p.m., and “Straight Lace,” featuring Danny Patton, will perform at 8 p.m.
    On Saturday, after lunch in the park at 11 a.m., the annual Prairie Days parade through the downtown begins at 1 p.m. The sand volleyball tourney also continues at 1 p.m.

  • Closing arguments in murder trial presented on Tuesday

    Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel began the first part of his closing arguments in the Clifford Baker murder trial on Tuesday by saying that he got very little sleep the night before, because his cat was making noises.
    “It makes me wonder how the Krajefskas feel when they hear a noise, when that place of security which is their home is violated,” Friedel said.

  • Baker found guilty of murders

    Clifford Baker, the Loogootee teen charged with murdering a neighbor couple and attacking another neighbor, showed no emotion as Judge Michael McHaney read the first guilty verdict on Tuesday afternoon.

  • Tish, Mahon families speak on verdict

    "We would like to say how great it is that justice was served today. When Clifford Baker killed Deb and Mike he took from us what could never be replaced.
    "Deb and Mike were two of the greatest people anyone could have ever met – they always had a smile, a joke to brighten your day and were always there for anyone who needed them.
    "We would like to thank Fayette County State's Attorney Steve Friedel for a job well done in this case. He did a fantastic job and kept us informed the entire time.