Local News

  • Extension seminar on emerald ash borer is next Tuesday

    The emerald ash borer is a small, metallic green beetle native to Asia. Discovered in Illinois in 2006, it has since spread throughout Northeast Illinois and East Central Illinois, recently being found in Effingham County.
    The emerald ash borer feeds only on true ash trees. If trees go untreated, the death rate is 100 percent. If infested trees are not treated or removed, EAB will continue its destructive path moving on to other ash trees-eventually wiping out all ash trees.

  • Community Calendar Oct. 27, 2011

    Thursday, October 27

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.

  • Ruot to seek second term as circuit clerk

    With more than three decades of experience in the circuit clerk’s office, the woman who has headed up that office for the past 3¼  years wants to continue doing so for four more.

  • Jim, Joyce Staff are grand marshals for Lions' Halloween parade

     A long-time member of the Vandalia Lions Club, Jim Staff currently serves as the chairman of the committee organizing the club’s annual Halloween parade.
    The duties of the committee include selecting a grand marshal for the parade. But this year, the current club president told Staff that his committee would not need to do that.
    “Les (Smith) told that whatever choice we would come up with would be overruled,” Staff said.

  • Former Otego supervisor charged with thefts

    A Brownstown man who was charged with theft from the Brownstown School District last fall has now been charged with the theft of funds from a township.
    Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel has charged Rodney L. Deal with the theft of Otego Township monies while he served as the township supervisor.
    Deal, 55, has been charged with two counts of theft, including a Class 1 felony which alleges that he stole between $100,000 and $500,000, and a Class 2 felony alleging the theft of up to $100,000.

  • Halloween parade will follow normal route

    The normal lineup and route for the Vandalia Lions Club Halloween parade will be followed.

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman announced late Friday afternoon that the Illinois Department of Transportation left the decision on whether to open the 700 block for the parade up to the project contractor, Mettler Development.

    Gottman said he met with Mettler officials, and they agreed to open the one-block section.

  • Route 51 meeting canceled

    The Route 51 Community Advisory Group meeting scheduled for next Wednesday evening has been canceled.

  • Former Otego supervisor charged with theft

    A former Otego Township supervisor has been charged with stealing a large amount of money from the township.

    Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel filed last Thursday two counts of theft and one count of official misconduct against Rodney L. Deal.

    Deal, 55, has been charged with a Class 1 felony for allegedly taking between $100,000 and $500,000 from the township.

  • Fire Prevention Presentations

    Members of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department visited local schools during Fire Prevention Week last week to teach children about fire safety.

    Above, members of a Head Start class in Vandalia are shown with VVFD Chief Ed Taylor Jr. (right) and firefighter Sam Flowers.

  • We Apologize

    It was stated in last week's Public Record that Travis E. Collier, 19, of rural Shobonier, was arrested for driving under the influence. The information was taken from the sheriff's office arrest log. Collier presented tickets showing that he was arrested for illegal consumption of alcohol.
    We apologize for the error.