Local News

  • SWCD tree sale now under way

    It is tree sale time!
    The Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District has ordered large quantities of trees, and those available this year include white pine, Norway spruce and Douglas fir.
    The white pine and Norway spruce make very good windbreaks. They both grow relatively fast and have a fairly good survival rate.  

  • Vandalia man gets six years for meth charge

    A Vandalia man was sentenced to six years in prison on Tuesday upon pleading guilty to a methamphetamine charge.
    Daniel R. Tedrick, 30, pleaded guilty to participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, 15-100 grams, a Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

  • Vandalia Police investigating case of possible child abuse

    The Vandalia Police Department reported on Tuesday that it is investigating a possible child abuse.
    Chief Jeff Ray said that at 2:01 p.m. last Thursday, officers responded to a medical facility on a report of possible child abuse.
    Ray said that a 3½-month child had been transported to Fayette County Hospital for treatment, and that due to the seriousness of the child’s injuries, the VPD activated the Illinois Child Death Task Force.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Feb. 25

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group will meet from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ 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, Feb. 26

  • Open House at FCH
  • Low-speed vehicles

    Those who attended a meeting held on Tuesday to fine tune a possible low-speed vehicle ordinance for Fayette County realized that it could take several meetings to accomplish that task.
    That is, if those involved believe that they will ultimately be presenting a drafted ordinance to the Fayette County Board for a vote.

  • Remembering a Brother

    Officers, friends, family and community members in Caruthersville, Mo., gathered on Friday, Jan. 29, to celebrate and remember the life of officer Evan Burns.

  • Cover crop meeting set for March 22

    The Fayette and Effingham County Soil & Water Conservation Districts will hold a cover crop meeting from 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, March 22, at the Carriage House in Altamont, with registration starting at 8:30 a.m..
    Each state in the Mississippi Watershed was required to develop a nutrient loss reduction strategy to reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus getting into the Gulf of Mexico.
    The Illinois strategy came out last year.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kacy M. Alday, 19, 1822 E. 3100 Ave., Herrick, was arrested on Feb. 16 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $5,000.
    • Ritchie L. Moorehead, 46, Cincinnati, Ohio, was arrested on Feb. 16 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and driving more than 40 mph over the speed limit.  Bond was $1,600.
    • Travis L. Eller, 22, 15134 Oak Valley Road, Ramsey, was arrested on Feb. 15 on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.

  • Fayette County Cancer Fund is organized

    A group of local residents has launched a new effort to provide financial assistance to Fayette County cancer patients, after the first organizational meeting for the Fayette County Cancer Fund was held in October.
    A not-for-profit organization under the umbrella of the Old Capitol Foundation, the FCCF mission is to “unite our community by meeting the needs of those with cancer.”
    This will be done by providing financial help to local cancer patients who have submitted an application that will be confidentially reviewed.