Local News

  • Farmers have until next Monday to provide census data online

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reminds this nation’s farmers and ranchers that the deadline for the 2017 Census of Agriculture is one week away.
    Producers should respond online at www.agcounts.usda.gov or by mail by Feb. 5. The online questionnaire offers new timesaving features.
    The Census of Agriculture is the only NASS questionnaire mailed to every producer across the country and is conducted just once every five years.

  • Calendar

    Friday, February 2

    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

    Saturday, February 3

    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will hold a Groundhog Story Saturday at 10 a.m. Children of all ages are invited to listen to stories and make a craft.

  • Changing of the guard
  • Appealed meth sentence reduced to 30 years

    A Sumner man who in 2014 was sentenced to 35 years in prison had his sentence reduced by five years after an appellate court reduced the charge on which he was sentenced.
    Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor sentenced Michael T. Fickes to 30 years on the charge of participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, a lesser included charge filed when Fickes was taken into custody in 2013.

  • Fatal fire on Friday still under investigation

    While the investigation into the fire last Friday morning that claimed the life of a Shobonier woman is continuing, authorities believe that the fire was smoking-related.
    Ruby Darlene Mays, 76, died in that fire, which was reported shortly before 10 a.m. last Friday.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 25

    ✔ The Greater Fayette County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual banquet in the main reception room at Howie's on Main, located at Main and Sixth streets. A social hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 6:30 p.m., followed by the presentation of Abe Awards. Tickets, $25 each, are available at the main branch of First National Bank, the chamber office on the second floor of First National Bank, Priority Staffing Group and WKRV/WPMB.

    Friday, January 26

  • Man charged with murder appears in court

    The Mulberry Grove man charged with killing a Brownstown man last September made his first appearance in court last Thursday morning.

  • Hammer sentencing postponed again

    The sentencing hearing for the Vandalia woman who has been convicted of seriously injuring her infant child has again been delayed.

  • Witnessing Progress

    The temporary removal of a large window from the building that housed a family furniture story for decades signifies progress in the development of a unique business in downtown Vandalia.

  • Man charged with murder appears in court