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Today's News

  • Frey — Hebenstreit

    Kristie Frey and Thomas “TJ” Hebenstreit, both of Ramsey, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Wayne “Wiener” Frey of Highland. She is a 2006 graduate of Highland High School and is currently attending Lake Land College in Mattoon for early childhood education. She is currently employed as a cashier at Rural King in Vandalia.

  • Helen Tompkins celebrates her 99th birthday

    When 99-year-old Helen Tompkins consented to an interview, she said she could not do it on a Tuesday, because that's when she always goes to a nursing home to sing for the residents.
    Within a few minutes of meeting her, this amazing lady’s statement seemed not only a possibility, but a not-surprising probability.
    She easily recalls dates, events, and people of long ago, looking to her daughter-in-law, Georgianne Tompkins, only rarely to offer a comment, to clarify or add information to a statement.

  • Kellow — Willms

    Danielle Kellow of Vandalia and Cory Willms of Brownstown have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Danny and Tami Kellow of Vandalia. She is a 1998 graduate of Vandalia Community High School and a 2007 graduate of Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville with a bachelor's degree.
    The future groom is the son of John and Kathy Willms of Brownstown. He is a 2001 graduate of Brownstown High School. He is currently employed at Mason Masonry in Brownstown.

  • Work on FCHD property to begin on Thursday

    Work on the property housing the future quarters of the Fayette County Health Department is scheduled to begin this week, and the FCHD staff could be in its new home by the beginning of next year.
    FCHD Administrator Rhonda Andrews presented the Fayette County Board on Tuesday night with the results of two bid openings for the rehabilitation of the property in the 400 block of West Edwards Street in Vandalia that formerly housed Leo Brown Lumber.

  • Legislators, IDOT reps hear opposition to Route 51 bypass plan

    About 125 people crowded into Vandalia City Hall last Wednesday to let their political representatives know that they are not happy with the path of the U.S. Route 51 bypass proposed by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
    Though only one of the four invited state and federal politicians made the 90-minute meeting, each had representatives there. And they left the meeting with no doubt that the current bypass route – which goes through or near several north end neighborhoods – is not favored by local residents.

  • Vernon man arrested after fatal altercation is released from jail

    A Vernon man who was arrested after a physical altercation in rural Patoka on Sunday afternoon that resulted in the death of a Centralia man was released from custody on Monday.
    According to a press release from Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel, Ric D. Cline, 27, sustained stab wounds during that altercation and later was pronounced dead at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.

  • Teen now faces six major charges

    The Farina teen who was arrested last week for fatally shooting a Loogootee couple in their home now faces six felony charges.
    Clifford W. Baker was arrested shortly after he allegedly shot Mike Mahon and Deb Tish early last Wednesday morning and charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Four additional counts were added on Monday, during Baker’s first appearance in court with his court-appointed attorney, Fayette County Public Defender Ed Potter.

  • Man dies from injuries sustained in altercation

    A Fayette County man who was involved in an altercation in rural Patoka on Sunday died from injuries sustained in that fight.

    Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel said in a press release issued Monday morning that Ric Cline, 27, was pronounced dead at St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia on Sunday.

    Initial indications, Friedel said, are that Cline was the aggressor. "However, the investigation has not been completed, and no final decisions have been made regarding any possible charges in the future."

  • More charges filed against teen charged with murder

    Four additional charges were filed on Monday against a 15-year-old male arrested last week for the murder of a Loogootee couple in their home.

    At the arraignment hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court on Monday morning, Judge William Becker read the charges to Clifford W. Baker, who alleged murdered Mike Mahon and Deb Tish early last Wednesday morning.

  • CRP signup Wednesday at Days Inn

    Days Inn Hotel –The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced a Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up. Quail Forever will be hosting a Landowner Informational meeting at the Days Inn Hotel on Wednesday, Aug. 11,at 5 p.m. to help answer questions about how to improve enrollment chances and wildlife values.