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  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 28

    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. All retired teachers are invited. For more information, contact Diane Curll at 283-0492.
    ✔ The Evans Public Library's Homeschool group meets from 1-2 p.m. at the library. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at 283-2824.

    Friday, September 29

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 21

    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department hospice grief support group meets from 6-7 p.m. at the health department, 416 W. Edwards St., Vandalia. For more information, contact hospice coordinator Jami Lockart at 283-7262.

  • Death now investigated as a homicide

    Several hours after press time on Wednesday, Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen announced that the death of a rural Brownstown man is now being investigated by his office and the Illinois State Police as a homicide.

    James "Jim" Skinner, 56, of Brownstown, was found dead in his home on Sunday, and at that, Bowen said that the death was suspicious in nature.

  • Treasurer Rose Hoover won't seek a sixth term

    A long-time fixture in Fayette County government has decided to end decades of service to the county next year.
    Rose Hoover, who is in her fifth term as the county treasurer, told The Leader-Union on Tuesday that she plans to retire at the end of that term in November 2018.

  • Two youths arrested for cemetery damage

    Two juveniles have been taken into custody for allegedly damaging more than two dozen tombstones in Vandalia cemeteries late last week.

    An 11-year-old juvenile was arrested for criminal damage to property within a day of the damage being discovered, and a 12-year-old juvenile was arrested on Tuesday afternoon on the same charge.
    Vandalia cemetery employees notified police shortly before 9 a.m. last Thursday that 25 tombstones had been damaged overnight.
    The tombstones were knocked over or pushed from their base, and some of them were broken.

  • Local youth step up

    Sophie Bowers saw her younger sister looking through her bracelets and got the idea of making and selling bracelets. At the same time, she thought about those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 21

    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department hospice grief support group meets from 6-7 p.m. at the health department, 416 W. Edwards St., Vandalia. For more information, contact hospice coordinator Jami Lockart at 283-7262.

  • Weekend death considered 'suspcious'

    The Fayette County Coroner’s Office is currently considering the death of a rural Brownstown man suspicious in nature.
    Coroner Bruce Bowen said on Tuesday morning that he is still waiting on lab results to determine the cause of death of James R. “Jim” Skinner.
    Skinner was found dead in his home in rural Brownstown on Sunday. He was pronounced dead by Bowen at 5:24 p.m. on Sunday.
     

  • Cavaletto decides not to seek re-election in '18

    State Rep. John Cavaletto (R-Salem) announced on Monday that he will not seek re-election in the upcoming November 2018 election.

  • UPDATE: Rewards offered for vandalism information

    UPDATE: The Vandalia Police Department is providing a $1,500 for information leading to an arrest(s) and conviction(s), Fayette County Crime Watchers is offering a $750 reward, and Mayor Rick Gottman said that the city will match the Crime Watchers' $750 reward.
    Anyone with information about the vandalism can call Crime Watchers at 283-1986 or Vandalia Police at 283-0556.