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  • York found guilty of murder

    Michael York admitted to a Fayette County jury last week that he hit Krystal Heggie, but that he did so after she hit him, and that he did not mean to harm their unborn child.

    But the jury, after listening to about two days worth of testimony, determined that there was enough evidence to convict York on three felony offenses, including first-degree murder.

  • FCH flu shot clinic is Tuesday

    Fayette County Hospital will hold a flu shot clinic from 8 a.m.-noon and from 1-4 p.m. at The Wellness Complex, located behind Wendy's. The fee of $30 per flu shot will be due at the time of service in the form of cash or check; FCH will also bill for Medicare. For more information, call 283-5542 and ask for Susan.

  • Thursday-1:25 p.m.---Ramsey man guilty of first-degree murder

    A Ramsey man was found guilty on Thursday of first-degree murder at the conclusion of a 3 1/2-day jury trial in Fayette County Circuit Court.

    Michael E. York, 29, will be sentenced on Oct. 24 on the crimes of first-degree murder, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and aggravated battery of a pregnant person.

    The jury deliberated for about three hours before returning guilty verdicts on all three counts filed by Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel and his assistant, Matt Chancey.

  • School district still in black with new budget

    The Vandalia Community Unit School District Board of Education on Tuesday passed a $13.3 million budget for the 2008-09 fiscal year.

    That budget shows the district to be operating in the black, with an anticipated end-of-the-year balance of $2.67 million.

    If achieved, that balance would be about $200,000 over the balance at the end of the 2007-08 fiscal year.

    “It’s a good, solid budget,” Superintendent Rich Well said after the meeting.

  • Meth maker gets 16 years in prison

    Two months after his wife accepted a lengthy prison term for being involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine, a rural Beecher City man was also given a double-digit sentence.

    Charles E. Grifftith, 48, was given a 16-year sentence by Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm at the conclusion of a hearing last Thursday.

    Griffith was sentenced to prison two months after a Fayette County jury found him guilty of participation in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

  • Women's study group meets on Wednesdays

    Pathways Counseling of Vandalia is offering a women's study group based on the book, "Healing for Damaged Emotions," which is held at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, through Nov. 5.

  • Two killed in Saturday wreck

    Two people died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident south of Vandalia on Saturday afternoon.

    According to the Illinois State Police, the accident resulted in the deaths of Roger D. Johnson, 62, of Taylorville, and Betty G. Bowker, 72, of Edinburgh, Ind.

    Johnson was the driver of one of the vehicles involved in the accident, and Bowker was a backseat passenger in the vehicle driven by Kimberly M. Streeval, 44, also of Edinburgh.

  • Crop survey projects high yields in Fayette County

    Some rain in the early spring delayed the planting of corn and soybeans in Fayette County. More rain delayed the planting even more. And yet more rain delayed the planting even more.

    And there were some crops that had to be replanted because of later rains.

    Yet, Fayette County looks to finish this growing season with some strong corn and soybean yield totals.

    In fact, the 2008 yield totals could be even higher than last year, which was deemed by farm officials to be one of Fayette County’s better years.

  • Memorial exhibit displayed at KC Vandalia Campus

    The words “hero” and “role models” are “bandied about kind of carelessly,” Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn said in Vandalia last Wednesday.

    Many times, a hero is described as a professional baseball player who hits a home run in the ninth inning, Quinn said while speaking at the unveiling of the “Portrait of a Soldier” memorial at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus.

  • Senate OKs historic sites funding, BUT...

    Meeting in special session on Tuesday, the Illinois Senate approved legislation designed to reverse the proposed closure of state historic sites, including the Vandalia Statehouse, and state parks.

    But whether that action, OK'd on a 55-40 vote, will actually do that remains to be seen.