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  • Burger King out, Kate's Place in

    The Vandalia City Council held on Monday a first reading for two applications for liquor licenses that would allow video gaming, one of which would represent a major change at a business on the city’s north side.
    Teutopolis-based Meyer Oil Co. has applied for a Class A license, and Randy Meyer told city officials that video gaming would be housed in the space currently occupied by Burger King.

  • Republicans win contested races

    Tuesday could be called Red Tuesday, with Republicans posting wins across the United States at all levels. Fayette County was part of that trend, with Republicans winning all contested races.

  • Pedestrian hit, killed in Saturday accident

    A St. Elmo man sustained fatal injuries while walking along U.S. Route 40 just west of St. Elmo early Saturday morning.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Gregory B. Stoner, 50, had crashed his vehicle in a private driveway and was walking west in the driving lane of Route 40 when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Ashley N. Lakin, 22, of Brownstown.
    According to Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen, the accident occurred shortly after 3 a.m., and Stoner was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:56 a.m.

  • Cannabis seized as part of traffic detail on I-70

    With mutual aid assistance from a number of police agencies in the area, the Fayette County Sheriff’s office conducted a traffic safety campaign along Interstate last Wednesday.

  • VPD again doing Shop with a Cop

    The Vandalia Police Department is again conducting its Shop with A Cop program during the holiday season.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, November 10

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce is holding a Business After Hours from 5-7 p.m. at the main branch of First National Bank in Vandalia, South Fifth Street entrance.

  • Election Day
  • Emerick, Morrison, Bowen re-elected

    All three Republican county office holders on the ballot won re-election on Tuesday.

    Circuit Clerk Kathy Emerick defeated Democrat challenger Ashley Towler, 5,361-3,816, State's Attorney Joshua Morrison defeated Democrat challenger Stephen Friedel, 4,767-4,318, and Coroner Bruce Bowen defeated Democrat challenger Lori Carter, 6,762-2,374.

    Emerick and Morrison are elected to second terms in office, and Bowen wins a fifth term.

  • Vandalia Lions Halloween Parade
  • Couple acquitted on charge of concealing fugitive

    A rural Beecher City couple was found not guilty of concealing a fugitive in a three-day jury trial last week in Fayette County.
    A Fayette County jury deliberated 35 minutes before returning not guilty verdicts for Brett A. and Linda R. Wood last Wednesday afternoon.
    The trial began on Monday with the selection of jurors and continued on Tuesday with Assistant State’s Attorney Brenda Mathis presenting the prosecution’s case.