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  • Merkley pleads, sentenced second time in 2012 case

    A Brownstown man who was sentenced to 10 years in prison five years ago for predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, then had his case sent back to Fayette County, last week agreed to a seven-year sentence.

  • SWCD receives grant for cost-sharing funds

    The Fayette County Soil & Water Conservation District has received $22,500 to use for cost-sharing on the installation of conservation practices in Fayette County.
    The money comes from a grant from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
    Practices that qualify for cost share include: grass waterways, grade stabilization structures, terraces, water and sediment control structures, diversions, no-till, strip-till, pasture and hayland establishment, and well sealing.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 26

    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department is holding a flu clinic from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at St. Elmo City Hall. Medicare, state workers and some insurance will be accepted at all clinics; Medicaid only at the health department. Private pay is $40, and high-dose shots are $75.
    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. Members should plan to pay dues at this meeting. All retired teachers are invited to attend. For more information, contact Diane Curll at 283-0492.

  • Full schedule of area activities set for Halloween

    Halloween will be observed many ways in area communities in the next few days.
    The Vandalia Lions Club’s 74th annual Halloween Parade, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, is first on the schedule.
    Bob DePaolo Sr., who has also been active locally as a member of the Fayette County Knights of Columbus at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church, has been chosen to serve as the grand marshal for this year’s parade.
    The parade again starts at Seventh and Gallatin streets and travels east on Gallatin to Third Street.

  • Frakes' second request denied

    For the second time in a month, a Vandalia man who was sentenced to 18 years in prison on child pornography charges has had his request for a lighter sentence denied.

  • Taking bullying by the horns

    A community presentation on bullying drew only about 30 people on Tuesday night. And two-thirds of those were Vandalia School District administrators and teachers.

  • Local man charged with threatening police in video Facebook post

    A day after being arrested for failure to appear in court, a Vandalia man was charged with threatening a public official.
    Bond has been set at $40,000 for Tad A. Keeling, 30, 511 W. St. Clair St., who was arrested on the felony charge last Friday.
    Information filed by the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison alleges that on Oct. 11, Keeling “knowingly conveyed indirectly to the Vandalia Police Department, public officials, a threat, being a video post to Facebook.”

  • Traffic stop leads to cannabis arrests

    Three individuals were taken into custody after an Illinois State police discovered 62 pounds of cannabis during a traffic stop on Interstate 70 west of Vandalia last week.
    The state police said on Tuesday that shortly after 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 11, a trooper initiated a traffic stop on a Toyota Camry for allegedly following another vehicle too closely.
    During the stop, the cannabis, having a street value of about $150,000, was discovered, the ISP said.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 19

    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department hospice grief support group meets from 6-7 p.m. at the health department, 416 W. Edwards St., Vandalia. For more information, call 283-7262.

    Friday, October 20

    ✔ Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 will hold bingo at 7 p.m. at the Legion Home; doors open at 5:30 p.m.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

  • Honoring Seniors