Today's News

  • We Apologize

    It was incorrectly stated in last week's issue that FAYCO Enterprises is operating its recycling program at its building on Veterans Avenue. FAYCO has just recently sold that building and has moved its recycling program to 2022 Wagner St., south of Octochem.
    We apologize for the error.

  • Friday is Bunny Run T-shirt deadline

    The Fayette County Health Department is holding a 5K Bunny Run on Saturday, April 8, and Friday is the last day to register and be guaranteed a T-shirt.
    The run/walk is being held at 9 a.m. on April 8, with the proceeds going to the Family YMCA of Fayette County's Strong Kids Program, which helps children in no-income and low-income families to participate in YMCA events and activities.
    All children age 12 and under participating in the Bunny Run will receive a medal.
    The registration cost is $20, with children age 5 and under free (unless a T-shirt is purchased).

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Rey J. Meleon, 25, Miami, Fla., was arrested on March 20 on a charge of money laundering. No bond information was listed.
    • Jorge C. Hernandez, 27, Doral, Fla., was arrested on March 20 on charges of money laundering, fictitious altered identification and driving while his license is suspended or revoked. No bond information was listed.
    • Michael D. Koonce, 36, 751 E. 2050 Ave., Ramsey, was arrested on March 20 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 23

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group will meet from 1-2 p.m. at the library. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 282-2824.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

    Friday, March 24

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license application was issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:

    Nathan Ryan Willms
    Melissa Ann Richards

  • FAYCO has GloBingo this Friday

    GloBingo to benefit FAYCO Enterprises and the FAYCO Foundation will be held this Friday at the Hillsboro Moose Lodge, with $1,000 in cash prizes.. Doors open at 6 p.m., and bingo starts at 7 p.m. The cost is $25 in advance and $30 at the door; for advance tickets, call 283-0638 or 1-217-532-9250, or email kimt@fayco.org. The evening includes a lottery tree and 50/50 raffle.

  • Man charged for his role in fatal crash

    A Brownstown man has been charged with a felony offense for his role in a January crash that resulted in the death of another Brownstown resident.

  • Loan money going fast

    One month after approving a new budget that included a significant loan from Fayette County’s capital improvement fund, a large chunk of the loan funds have been spent to cover expenses.
    At Tuesday’s Fayette County Board meeting, County Treasurer Rose Hoover said that she had already transferred $500,000 of the $600,000 loan from the capital improvement fund to the general fund, and that she would be transferring the balance of the loan funds this month.
    Hoover told board members that the general fund balance at the end of February was about $38,000.

  • Recycling in jeopardy

    A Vandalia City Council has begun discussions with two local agencies that are providing recycling services, both of which are looking at eliminating those services due to funding issues.
    FAYCO Enterprises has set a timetable for discontinuing its recycling program, and the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District is continuing to struggle with all users not paying their share.

  • New sentencing hearing for Baker set for April 3

    A new sentencing hearing has been confirmed for a Loogootee resident who was convicted of murdering a neighbor couple about 6½ years ago.