Local News

  • Fate of St. Elmo police chief will be determined on Thursday

    About 80 vehicles, ranging in size from compact cars to a road grader, paraded through St. Elmo on Monday night. There to greet each of the vehicles on Main Street was Ken Thomason, the man for whom the parade was held.

    That parade was organized by Dale Sperry as a way of showing community support for Thomason, who was deposed as chief of police by Mayor Larry Tish last Wednesday.

  • White goods will be accepted at recycling collection on Saturday

    The committee that has been working to maintain and increase recycling opportunities for Vandalia area residents received some good news as it prepared for this Saturday’s collection.

    Committee members learned at their recent meeting that a Vera resident has agreed to haul off white goods, including refrigerators, washers, dryers and stoves, free of charges.

    They also learned that First National Bank of Vandalia, Ramsey and Patoka has agreed to let the committee use the former Twisters building off of Veterans Avenue in Vandalia as a collection site.

  • Laches give soldiers a warm welcome and a warm meal

    What began as a simple refueling stop for a convoy of Army vehicles last week turned into a showcase for Fayette County hospitality.

    After receiving an inquiry from Army officials seeking a place to set up a refueling station, Dorothy and Steve Lach rolled out the red carpet to about a dozen groups of 20 Army vehicles traveling from Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., to Camp Atterbury near Indianapolis. More than 500 personnel were involved in the convoy, which passed through the county on Wednesday and Thursday.

  • UPDATE: Ken Thomason will fight his termination

    Ken Thomason isn’t ready to give up his job without a fight. He just doesn’t know at this point what approach he will take in that fight.

    Thomason said on Friday, two days after being terminated as St. Elmo’s chief of police, that he has been talking with two attorneys since Mayor Larry Tish handed and read to him a letter of termination.

  • St. Elmo mayor fires police chief

    Two days after St. Elmo Mayor Larry Tish locked horns with Police Chief Ken Thomason at a city council meeting, Tish fired the police chief.

    Tish presented Thomason with a letter on Wednesday in which he stated that Thomason's termination was effective immediately.

    As for any explanation of the termination, Tish stated in the letter only that, "It is my opinion that the interests of the municipality demand your removal as chief of police."

  • Friday at 4 p.m. " LaMar among supporters of terminated police chief

    “We need a lot more of those hung up in town,” a female yelled from her vehicle Friday afternoon as she saw Michael L. LaMar holding a “Reinstate the Chief” at the intersection of U.S. Route 40 and Main Street.

    Upon learning that the female wanted one of those signs, LaMar pulled one from the bed of this truck.

  • Woolsey has had success in the service, in local business

    Woolsey Brothers is a name that is well-known, well-respected and trusted in all of Fayette County … and beyond.

    Its farm supply service is known for the integrity, fairness, and dependability that their customers, as well as their employees, have come to expect over the years.

    The continuity of this well-deserved reputation is largely due to Herb Woolsey, although he would modestly decline the credit.

  • Man gets 12 years for attack, robbery

    A Vandalia man who was arrested in April of this year on battery and robbery charges has been sentenced to 12 years in prison last week in Fayette County Circuit Court.

    Judge Dennis Middendorff of Carlyle sentenced John C. Taylor on Friday, Oct. 23, about 10 weeks after Taylor entered an open plea of guilty to a charge of vehicular invasion.

    In handing down the sentence, Middendorff gave Taylor, 37, credit for time he has served in the Fayette County Jail since his arrest in April.

  • Filing for primary election concludes

    When they go to the polls in the spring, Fayette County voters won’t have to spend too much time making decisions.

    That’s because, at least at this time, those individuals running for county offices are unopposed.

    The filing period for the Feb. 2, 2010, primary election ended Monday without any surprises.

  • Two hurt in fire at St. Elmo facility

    Two employees at a natural gas storage facility north of St. Elmo were injured last Wednesday in a fire that caused several explosions.

    The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified just before 1 p.m. of the incident at the Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America about six miles north of town.

    The fire reportedly was started by welding being done on a product tank. Anywhere from two to four explosions occurred after the fire was started.