Today's News

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, June 22
    • Art shows in Artworks Gallery, Fayette County Museum, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. See more info following the announcements.
    Friday, June 23
    • Art shows in Artworks Gallery, Fayette County Museum, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • Lighthouse Pregnancy and Health Services inaugural golf outing. See info following these announcements.
    • Men’s Bible study, 6:30 a.m., St. Elmo Golf Course.                 

  • Readers' photos of storm damage in the county
  • Sentence of 11 1/2 years in sexual assault case

    A Farina man last Friday agreed to a prison term of 11½ years upon pleading guilty to a count of predatory criminal sexual assault.

  • Saturday lake meeting is only 'informational

    The city of Vandalia has invited homeowners of the lake area to a meeting on Saturday morning to discuss its options with leased lots on the south side of the lake.
    That 10 a.m. meeting at city hall, Mayor Rick Gottman said, “is for informational purposes only, to get the input of the people at the lake.
    “I’ve had people approach me and ask if there’s any way that they could annex into the city,” Gottman said.
    “Also, there are people come to me wanting to know what it would take to buy their (land),” the mayor said.

  • Results of Recycling Survey

    • 329 responses – 63 on paper, 392 online.
    #1 – Do you use the recycling drop-off centers in Vandalia – Yes, 246; No, 146.
    #2 – Select which recycling center(s) you use – traditional, 235; electronic, 139; neither, 133.
    #3 – Are you a Vandalia water customer? Yes, 307; No, 83.
    #4 – Are you willing to pay $1.25 per month to continue these services? Yes, 168; No, 140; Not applicable, 80.
    #5 – Analysis removing “Not Applicable” – Yes, 168 (54.55%); No, 140 (45.45%).

  • Survey says: 54.5% favor surcharge

    Now that they have the results of a recycling survey in their hands, Vandalia aldermen will likely have two weeks to study them before acting on the proposal for a recycling surcharge.
    The results of that 11-day survey, presented by Kim Taylor, executive director of FAYCO Enterprises, show that 392 people voted either online or on paper.
    Of those voting, 307 are city water customers, and of those, 54.55 percent support a surcharge to city water bills to support the recycling programs offered by FAYCO and the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District.

  • Sunday storm hits area hard

    Standing outside her destroyed home just eight hours after firefighters rescued her from it, Patti West said, “We’re lucky.”

  • Some county precincts are being combined

    Fayette County has combined election precincts, as approved at the May 9 meeting of the Fayette County Board. The board unanimously voted to consolidate six of the voting precincts, with the decision resulting in a cost savings for the taxpayers of Fayette County.
    The precincts of Avena 1 and 2, Otego 1 and 2 and Ramsey 1 and 2 shall be referred to as Avena 1, Otego 1 and Ramsey 1.
    This will not negatively affect the services or representation of the citizens of these precincts.
    All polling locations and voting districts will remain the same.

  • Class X felony charged in DUI case

    A Missouri man who was initially taken into custody on multiple charges after allegedly driving a vehicle that hit a road sign now faces a Class X felony charge.
    Vandalia Police responded last Thursday to a report of a hit-and-run accident at the off-ramp of Interstate 70 at the 61-mile exit. Vandalia Police reported that a motorist had struck a sign on the off-ramp and then continued driving.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Jerry M. Sasse, 60, 1030 N. Fourth St., Vandalia, was arrested on June 20 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and improper lane usage. Bond was $1,500.
    • Dustin D. McNutt, 34, 530 S. Fifth St., Vandalia, was arrested on June 20 for an alleged violation of bail bond and on a charge of resisting a peace officer. No bond information was listed.
    • Alex L. Golden, 18, Watson, was arrested on June 19 on a charge of mob action. He was subsequently released.