Local News

  • Law enforcement agencies join for CrimeWatchers program

    Law enforcement agencies in Fayette County are teaming up to reinstitute a program through which county residents get paid to help fight crime.

    But the program will be known under a different name.

    Fayette County had been a participant in the CrimeStoppers program, but the county lost its certification a couple of years ago through lack of activity.

  • SAFE holding purse fundraiser

    SAFE (Sexual Assault & Family Emergencies) is holding a purse fundraiser in conjunction with this year's Olde Tyme Christmas in downtown Vandalia, and it's looking for participation by area residents.

    SAFE is accepting new or slightly used purses and bags for the fundraiser, which will be held from 5-8 p.m. during Vandalia Main Street's Olde Tyme Christmas.

    Purses and bags may be dropped off at SAFE's three locations – Vandalia, 1410 Sunset Drive; Effingham, 1108 S. Willow; and Centralia, 730 E. Second St.

    For more information, call SAFE, 283-1414.

  • E911 public meeting is Monday

    A public informational meeting on the Enhanced 911 referendum that will be on the November general election ballot is Monday night.

    The meeting at 6 p.m. in the large courtroom at the Fayette County Courthouse is being held by the Fayette County Board committee formed by Chairman Steve Knebel to look into an E911 referendum.

  • City joins Fayette Water, OKs Relay for Life move to parks

    The city of Vandalia has decided to become a member of the Fayette Water Co., in order to use the rural water company’s product for its needs at the Vandalia Lake campground area.

    The city will pay Fayette Water Co., which is in the process of establishing service to rural residents in Shafter and Sharon townships, about $2,100, according to City Administrator Jimmy Morani.

    That amount will include the membership fee and the hookup fee, Morani said.

    Fayette Water will run a 6-inch service line to the lake campground area.

  • City committee backs off on parking plan

    A committee charged with the task of dealing with boulevard parking in Vandalia still wants to see problems related to that issue resolved.

    But the group of city alderman is, at least for the time being, is backing off on an earlier recommendation for parking restrictions.

    A couple of months ago, Mayor Rick Gottman asked the streets and sewers committee – Chairman Bret Brosman, Larry Cable and Chad Feldpouch – to try to come up with a way of resolving boulevard parking problems.

  • 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.