Today's News

  • County board talks about several financial issues

    Fayette County’s ongoing issues with its finances were discussed for a couple of reasons at Tuesday’s county board meeting.
    During a finance committee report, board Chairman Steve Knebel said the county continues to struggle with the challenge of meeting payroll without dipping into funds generated through the sale of the county’s coal rights.
    County Treasurer Rose Hoover told the board that the county did not have to take monies from the capital improvement fund for payroll at the end of July.

  • Tuesday fire guts house

    A fire late Tuesday morning caused substantial damage to a Vandalia home.

  • City to consider beer garden request

    The Vandalia City Council is scheduled to act Monday on a request for a beer garden during a special event in the downtown business district this fall.
    The request has been submitted by a group of downtown merchants who are planning a car, truck and cycle show along Gallatin Street on Saturday, Oct. 20.
    The council last week approved the closure of Gallatin Street from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on that day, and they also heard from some of the event organizers.

  • Jenne named county's E911 coordinator

    A St. Peter man who keenly knows how Enhanced 911 will benefit Fayette County residents has been chosen as the county’s E911 coordinator.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia City Council voted to allow para-sailing at Vandalia Lake. The city would have five licenses, with the cost of a license being $500.
    The Vandalia Main Street Program executive board held a public reception for its first program manager, Carole White.
    Alvin and Georgia Meyer of Vandalia were observing their 50th wedding anniversary.
    Lyda Ecke, a longtime resident of Vandalia, was celebrating her 100th birthday.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: The Hunt children of Ramsey. They are, front row, from left, Fred, Joe and Stan; and back row, from left, Bo and Ben.
    Identifying them were: Velma Ballard, Gene Etcheson, Elaine Michel, Diane Hortenstine, Betty Cothern, Donna Chrisman and Danny Donaldson.
    This week’s Scrambler:  reeht rae wot sgihnt ot mai ta ni flei; rifts, ot egt twah uyo twan, nad treaf ahtt ot jynoe ti. lyon eht swiets fo nem vaecehi teh nodces.

  • P.G. Donaldson was county storyteller

    I enjoy reading first-hand accounts of what life was like for early Fayette County settlers.
    Presley Garner Donaldson, who was born in Hurricane Township in 1839, is one of my favorite Fayette County storytellers. P.G., as he was called, self-published his down-home stories in 1908 under the title, “Life and Adventures of P.G. Donaldson.” The book was printed at the Jewett Printery in Cowden.
    Following is one of his tales.

  • Drought shows our connections

    It’s no secret that Fayette County will be severely impacted by this summer’s drought.
    Corn yields are estimated to be only one-third of the norm, and soybeans will generate about two-thirds of an average crop.
    Last week’s crop survey, conducted by the Fayette County Farm Bureau, predicted an average corn yield of 41.65 bushels per acre, significantly below last year’s county average of 149.69 bushels per acre. And soybeans are projected to yield 21.49 bushels per acre, down from last year’s harvest of 32.48 bushels per acre.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses were issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    Dennis Wayne Smail
    Bernie Theresa Griswold
    Kevin Duane Whitten
    Staci Gayle Sieben
    Rodney Alan Hunt
    Brenda Czerwonka Ludwig
    Kenneth Austin Taylor
    Kayla Mae Long
    Ryan Lynn Reeter
    Tamyra Lynn Mars

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Curtis W. Smith, 42, 421 Cherokee  Strip, Brownstown, was arrested on Aug. 13 on charges of driving while his license is suspended, improper lane usage, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was $1,500.
    • Paul L. Gilkeson, 44, Charleston, was arrested on Aug. 13 for failure to appear in court on a charge of possession of 2.5-10 grams of cannabis. Bond was $7,500.