Local News

  • Carryover keeps county in black

    A month after postponing action on a new budget, to allow for last-minute adjustments to the document, the Fayette County Board approved that budget.

  • VES Holiday Event

    Brylee Conway gets help from her aunt, Shelby Manuel, while drafting a Letter to Santa at the VES Winter Wonderland.

  • Contest Benefits Caring & Sharing

    The Fayette County Sheriff's Office held a No-Shave November Contest, with employees who wished to grow facial hair picking a local charity and collecting donations.

    All of the money raised went to the charity of the employee collecting the most money. Hans Christian, right, collected $1,722, which meant that all of the money raised by the department, $2,219, when to Christian's charity, Fayette County Caring & Sharing. Above, from left, are retiring sheriff Aaron L. Lay, Caring and Sharing volunteer Michelle Johnson Kelly and Christian.

  • Issuing the Oath

    Fayette County's new sheriff, Chris Smith, issues the oath of office to all of his deputies during a training session on Tuesday in the basement of the county jail.

  • Taking the Oath
  • Filer named to public works post

    An employee of Vandalia’s public works department for more than two decades has been chosen to head up that department.

  • Judge mulls Lake House motions

    A judge is considering two motions in the city of Vandalia’s lawsuit against a couple operating a restaurant on Vandalia Lake, including one that seeks a judgment against the city.
    During a hearing on Monday in Fayette County Circuit Court, Judge Michael D. McHaney heard arguments on two motions filed by the attorney for Steve and Latisha Mabry.
    In one of those motions, the Mabrys’ attorney, David Cates of Swansea, is asking for a summary judgment in the case filed by the city in June of last year.

  • New sheriff holds training session for staff on second day

    “I don’t want to waste any time,” Chris Smith said on Tuesday, one day after he took over as Fayette County’s sheriff.
    Smith, who took the oath of office on Monday, about a month after winning the sheriff’s post without opposition, hit the ground running by holding a day-long training session for all employees in the sheriff’s office.
    During the Tuesday session, Smith talked to employees about “the plans I have and the things that we’ve got coming,” he said.

  • Sworn Into Office

    Associate Judge Marc Kelly, second from left, issued the oath of office on Monday to those county officials who were elected at the November general election.

    Above, from left, are: Glenn Gurtner, Fayette County Board, District 6; Kelly; Sheriff Chris Smith; County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder; Jake Harris, county board, District 1; Supervisor of Assessments Cindi Lotz; and Treasurer Rose Hoover.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Dec. 4

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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, Dec. 5