Local News

  • Rauner cycles into Vandalia

    The governor of Illinois stopped in Vandalia on Saturday as he rode his motorcycle through the southern Illinois to raise funds that will help veterans.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 1

    ✔ The Fayette County Farm Bureau's marketing committee will hold its annual crop survey and steak dinner. The survey gets under way at 8 a.m. with breakfast in the Farm Bureau office basement; all interested in participating are to call the Farm Bureau, 283-3276, and to show up at that time. The steak dinner is at 6 p.m. at the Farm Bureau office, with Jim Riddle of Total Grain Marketing being the speaker; the cost is $5 and reservations are required. Contact the Farm Bureau at 283-3276 to make reservations for the dinner.

  • Ramsey teen dies in accident

    A Ramsey teen sustained fatal injuries in a two-vehicle crash on Saturday afternoon in Montgomery County.

    The Illinois State Police said that Payge Donaldson, 18, of Ramsey, was pulling out of Indian Springs Golf Course onto Ill. Route 185 in a 2014 Ford passenger car at 3:08 p.m. and failed to yield to a westbound 2005 Sterling tractor pulling a homemade tailer driven by Eric Wehrle, 40, of Vandalia.

    The tractor driven by Wehrle was unable to avoid striking the Donaldson vehicle, according to state police.

  • Ramsey teen dies in accident


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    A Ramsey teen sustained fatal injuries in a two-vehicle crash on Saturday afternoon in Montgomery County.

  • Governor in Vandalia on Saturday

    Governor Bruce Rauner will be in Vandalia as he participates in a motorcycle ride that runs from Marion to Camp Butler in Springfield.

    The group of cyclists are scheduled to be in Vandalia at about noon, and they will have lunch at the Moose Lodge before heading to Pana.

    For their stop, Third Street will be closed from Gallatin Street to Edwards Street from 11 a.m. until they leave for Pana.

  • National Bank Donates to Cancer Fund
  • Jury trial ends with two convictions, one acquittal

    A Fayette County jury deliberated less than 30 minutes in finding a Shelbyville man guilty on two charges and acquitting him on a third.
    In a one-day jury trial on Monday, Richard L. Gordon, 46, was found guilty of obstruction of justice as well as a lesser-included charge of obstructing identification that was given to the jury before deliberations got under way.
    Gordon was found not guilty of possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • MG man in custody after 5-hour standoff

    A Mulberry Grove man wanted on battery charges for an incident in rural Fayette County was taken into custody late Sunday evening after a five-hour standoff with four law enforcement agencies.
    Randy J. Bone, 33, made his first appearance in court on Monday, with Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor ruling that there was sufficient evidence to charge Bone with aggravated battery/use of a deadly weapon and domestic battery with bodily harm.

  • Painting Our Downtown

    A group of Vandalia residents wanting to spruce up the downtown area with some professional paintings is moving toward that goal.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, August 25

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Wall Dogs Mural Committee meets at 6 p.m. at the National Road Interpretive Center, 105 S. Fifth St., Vandalia. The public is invited.

    Friday, August 26