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  • Weekend is full of activities

    The Vandalia area will be full of activities this Saturday, with the main event being the annual period celebration at Illinois’ oldest existing capitol.
    In addition to the the 45th annual Grande Levée, the Saturday activities include the annual Harvest Festival in downtown Vandalia, as well as the Happy Hollow Farms Fall Festival south of St. Elmo and the annual Jordan fuNFest at Gatch Lake.
    The Grande Levée actually kicks off on Friday evening, with the old-fashioned ham and beans dinner getting under way at 5 p.m.

  • Dancing Queens
  • Problem-solving court

    Success in one area of a “problem-solving criminal court” in this part of the Fourth Judicial Circuit has led to the addition to two more areas, and Fayette County is among the latest to be a part of that latest addition.
    Fayette, Clay and Jasper counties joined Effingham and Christian counties two weeks ago in the mental health and veterans aspect of the “problem-solving court” operated in Effingham County.

  • St. Elmo child found 75 minutes after reported missing

    OnSept. 25 at approximately 9:14 a.m., a report of a missing juvenile was takenby the St. Elmo Police Department.

    Uponarrival a brief search was conducted but the child was not located. Officers then contacted the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office for further assistance. Immediately, St. Elmo Fire Department and First Responders were dispatched to the scene. The child was described as an 8-year-old white male.

  • Smith holds first law enforcement session

    Seeing that he has no opposition in November, it’s a given that Chris Smith will be Fayette County’s next sheriff.

  • It took some guts

    As she worked to help organize an event that would raise funds for Brownstown’s VFW post, Robyn Pontious really had no idea how well the event would be received.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 25

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Evans Public Library will host PACK from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to read to DarnFar Ranch's specially trained therapy dogs. Registration is required; to register, call the library at 283-2824 or stop by the library.

  • $5.5-million project for FCH

    Fayette County Hospital is taking on a $5.5-million project designed to improve both the hospital’s operations and its service to the public.

  • VCC inmate caught 18 hours after escape

    About 18 hours after he escaped from the facility, a Vandalia Correctional Center inmate was captured.

  • VCC escapee captured