Local News

  • Leak cleanup continues

    Three days after a leak at the Patoka Tank Farm, Marathon Pipeline operations are “pretty much back to normal,” according to a company spokesperson.

  • Route 51 again open to traffic

    U.S. Route 51 between Patoka and Vernon is again open to traffic.

    A Marathon Pipeline spokesman at the scene of a Sunday leak at the Patoka Tank Farm said that Route 51 was reopened at 8 a.m. today (Monday).

    Angela Graves of Marathon said Monday morning that the company is estimated that about 1,000 barrels of crude oil were leaked, adding that it is "a rough estimate."

    Cleanup of the site, she said, would likely take several days to complete.

  • Food Bank at VCHS on Saturday; volunteers needed


  • Tools for School taking donations

    Tools for School, a program for only Fayette County in-need students to select free school supplies, is working on its 2014 fundraising campaign.
    Last year, more than 600 school children – kindergarten through junior high, from Brownstown, Farina, Ramsey, St. Elmo, St. Peter and Vandalia – were served by Tools for School.
    Monetary donations received from businesses, churches, organizations and individuals are used to purchase notebooks, paper, pens, crayons and other supplies noted on the Fayette County school supply lists.

  • Briefs

    Brownstown firefighters not soliciting

    The Brownstown Fire Department has learned about a scam in which callers say that they are representatives of the BFD and are soliciting donations.
    Anyone receiving phone calls seeking donations to the department should not agree to make donations.
    A representative of the department said that the BFD does not solicit  donations.

    VFW Auxiliary raffling quilt

  • We Apologize

    Kevin Aukamp of rural Vandalia was listed in last week's Public Record as having been arrested for driving under the influence and improper lane usage. The charges were subsequently dismissed at the request of the Fayette County State's Attorney's Office. We apologise for the error.

  • CEFS will take IHEAP applications in July

    The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program will begin taking applications for summer energy assistance on July 7, and will conclude on July 23 or when funds are exhausted.
    Appointments for the first day of the program can be scheduled on July 3.
    Appointments will be set on a first-come, first-served basis until the available funding is gone.

  • Pool fundraiser goes swimmingly

    Strong community participation made the latest efforts of the Vandalia Swimming Pool staff to raise funds for necessary pool renovations a success.

  • A sign of the times

    Brownstown’s emergency responders have undertaken a project that will help them to better serve the residents of that area.

  • Major I-70 project

    Illinois’ governor is scheduled to announce on Thursday a major road project in Fayette County.
    The office of Gov. Pat Quinn said on Wednesday that the governor will announce capital investments of more than $19.6 million to build two new Interstate 70 bridges over the Kaskaskia River near Vandalia.
    Funded the governor’s “Illinois Jobs Now!” program, Quinn said that the project is part of his commitment to creating jobs and improving the state’s economy.”