Local News

  • Two injured in Route 51 accident

    Both drivers involved in an accident on U.S. Route 51 near Vernon early last Saturday morning were airlifted to St. Louis hospitals.

    According to the Illinois State Police, a 2008 Nissan Sentra driven by Kevin W. Donnals, 31, of Farina, was northbound on Route 51 when he crossed into the southbound lane and collided with a 2007 Ford propane tanker truck driven by a 58-year-old Vandalia male. His name was not released by the state police.

    The Patoka and Vandalia fire departments were called to extricate Donnals from his vehicle.

  • Elks clinic in Effingham on Feb. 19

    The Effingham Elks 1016 Lodge, in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corp., will sponsor a free children’s orthopedic assessment clinic on Thursday, Feb. 19.
    The clinic is from 8:30-9:30 a.m., by appointment only, at the Bonutti Orthopedic Clinic, 1303 W. Evergreen Ave., in Effingham. Dr. Timothy Gray will be the clinician in charge.
    To make an appointment, call the Illinois Elks Children’s Care office at 1-800-272-0074 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. There are no charges for any services at this clinic.

  • Eagles presentation on Feb. 14

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the Case-Halstead Library in Carlyle, will host an eagle watch on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the library.
    At 10 a.m. and noon, the World Bird Sanctuary will present “All About Eagles” and will bring a live bald eagle to demonstrate the majestic flight and nature of this bird.

  • Fire Guts Brownstown Home

    Firefighters from six area departments responded to a fire south of Brownstown on Friday morning that destroyed the home of the Dustin Sefton family. The Brownstown Fire Department was called to the home off of the Brownstown blacktop shortly after 9 a.m., and called for mutual aid assistance from firefighters from Vandalia, St. Elmo, St. Peter, Farina and Altamont.

    Firefighters were at the scene for more than five hours.

  • Lincoln events next weekend

    The birthplace of Abraham Lincoln’s political career will again celebrate the birthday of the 16th president with two events next weekend
    The celebration kicks off next Saturday evening with the fifth annual Lincoln Victory Ball, an event featuring local residents in period dress performing period dances to period music.

  • Traffic changes are proposed

    Three months after an accident claimed the lives of four members of a Greenville family, proposals have been presented to improve traffic safety at Vandalia rail crossings.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Michael T. Williams, 41, Cairo, was arrested on Jan. 27 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving while his license is suspended. Bond was $3,000.
    • Billie M. Ward, 22, Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 27 on a charge of burglary. She was being held awaiting the setting of bond.
    • Nichole M. Smith, 29, 307 N. Chestnut St., Farina, was arrested on Jan. 26 on a charge of burglary and on a warrant for a charge of retail theft. Bond was $20,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Jan. 29

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet will be held at the Vandalia Moose Lodge. A social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., and dinner is at 6:30 p.m.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Two rail cars derail near Mulberry Grove; section of Old Ill. Route 140 closed temporarily


  • Shimkus again solicits 'Valentines for Heroes'

    Congressman John Shimkus (R-Illinois, 15th District) is again asking constituents to participate in his “Valentines for Heroes” program.
    The congressman’s district offices will collect valentines for distribution throughout the region to veterans and those currently serving in the military.
    “Thousands of valentines have come into my offices every year since we began Valentines for Heroes,” Shimkus said.
    “Constituents have been overwhelmingly generous and supportive of our military men and women, past and present.