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Local News

  • Education budget rally draws hundreds

    Less than 12 hours after a large group of school officials from throughout the state congregated for a rally urging legislators to approve a new state budget, lawmakers did just that.

  • Lincoln Fest is this weekend

    The fourth annual Lincoln Heritage Festival in Vandalia this Saturday and Sunday includes a number of returning attractions as well as a few new ones.
    The attractions once again include two Civil War skirmishes and vintage baseball games.
    The festival, held in city parks along Fillmore Street, gets under way at 10 a.m., with Civil War camps and museum tents, tomahawk throwing demonstrations, children’s activities in the Locust Street pavilion, music by Prairieland Pickers and a new attraction, the 17th Corps Field Hospital.

  • Merchants ask city for help with parking

    Two weeks ago, downtown merchant Justin Arndt suggested to city officials that the prime downtown property recently acquired by the city be converted into a parking area. He repeated that suggestion on Monday, and other merchants joined him in doing so.
    And Mayor Rick Gottman and city aldermen also heard another group suggest that the property be used to help beautify the downtown business district.

  • Utah woman gets 8 years for cannabis

    A Utah woman who was arrested last October for transporting a large amount of cannabis through Fayette County was sentenced to prison last Friday.
    In a sentencing hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court, Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor gave Julia A.C. Macri, 38, of Salt Lake City, an eight-year prison term.
    Macri was given the prison sentence about two months after Sheafor, in a bench trial, found Macri guilty of the unlawful manufacture or delivery of cannabis, cannabis trafficking and unlawful possession of cannabis.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 7

    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ 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.

    Friday, July 8

    ✔ Summer Lunches for Kids is offered from 11-11:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Vandalia, Shobonier and Vera, and from 11-11:30 a.m. every Wednesday in Ramsey and from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every Wednesday in Brownstown.

  • Three killed in two wrecks

    Two individuals were killed in a one-vehicle accident in Illinois State Police-District 12 over the weekend, and one person died in an accident at Patoka.

  • Bond is $500,000 in cigarettes case

    Bond has been set at $500,000 for a New Jersey man arrested on cigarette charges on Sunday in Fayette County.
    Mohammed A. Mustafa, 29, of North Bergin, N.J., was taken into custody on Sunday, according to Fayette County Jail records.
    On Monday, the Illinois Office of Attorney General filed two felony counts against Mustafa in Fayette County Circuit Court.

  • Looking at the Library

    Statements claiming that libraries are a thing of the past are greatly exaggerated; in fact, they are just not true.

  • Numerous wrecks in recent days

    The Illinois State Police have handled seven accidents in the area within the past week, including two fatal wrecks.

  • Vandalia man arrested for child pornography

    A Vandalia man has been charged with 17 counts of child pornography offenses after his arrest through a statewide initiative last Friday.