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Today's News

  • White goods will be accepted at recycling collection on Saturday

    The committee that has been working to maintain and increase recycling opportunities for Vandalia area residents received some good news as it prepared for this Saturday’s collection.

    Committee members learned at their recent meeting that a Vera resident has agreed to haul off white goods, including refrigerators, washers, dryers and stoves, free of charges.

    They also learned that First National Bank of Vandalia, Ramsey and Patoka has agreed to let the committee use the former Twisters building off of Veterans Avenue in Vandalia as a collection site.

  • Laches give soldiers a warm welcome and a warm meal

    What began as a simple refueling stop for a convoy of Army vehicles last week turned into a showcase for Fayette County hospitality.

    After receiving an inquiry from Army officials seeking a place to set up a refueling station, Dorothy and Steve Lach rolled out the red carpet to about a dozen groups of 20 Army vehicles traveling from Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., to Camp Atterbury near Indianapolis. More than 500 personnel were involved in the convoy, which passed through the county on Wednesday and Thursday.

  • UPDATE: Ken Thomason will fight his termination

    Ken Thomason isn’t ready to give up his job without a fight. He just doesn’t know at this point what approach he will take in that fight.

    Thomason said on Friday, two days after being terminated as St. Elmo’s chief of police, that he has been talking with two attorneys since Mayor Larry Tish handed and read to him a letter of termination.

  • St. Elmo mayor fires police chief

    Two days after St. Elmo Mayor Larry Tish locked horns with Police Chief Ken Thomason at a city council meeting, Tish fired the police chief.

    Tish presented Thomason with a letter on Wednesday in which he stated that Thomason's termination was effective immediately.

    As for any explanation of the termination, Tish stated in the letter only that, "It is my opinion that the interests of the municipality demand your removal as chief of police."

  • Friday at 4 p.m. " LaMar among supporters of terminated police chief

    “We need a lot more of those hung up in town,” a female yelled from her vehicle Friday afternoon as she saw Michael L. LaMar holding a “Reinstate the Chief” at the intersection of U.S. Route 40 and Main Street.

    Upon learning that the female wanted one of those signs, LaMar pulled one from the bed of this truck.

  • Patoka falls in sectional championship

    Patoka‘s post season run came to an end Thursday night in Lebanon. The Lady Warrior’s volleyball team fell in the Lebanon Sectional final to Bunker Hill, 18-25, 13-25.

    Early in game one, it looked as if Bunker Hill would run away with the championship, leading 14-4. A 12-3 run by Patoka cut the game to just one, at 17-16, putting the Lady Warriors right back in contention. With Patoka hot on its tail, Bunker Hill went on a 8-2 run to close out the game.

  • Good to see young volunteers

    What’s better than a volunteer program that enhances our business district by providing facelifts on downtown buildings? One that draws participation by a large group of youths.

    Since its inception, the Vandalia Main Street Program’s “Paint the Town” project has brightened several downtown buildings with new coats of paint.

    The last building to get exterior improvements is the National Road Association of Illinois’ interpretive center in the 100 block of South Fifth Street.

  • Ben-Hur Literary Club impacted Ramsey

    The Ben-Hur Literary Club was organized on Oct. 25, 1901, by some of Ramsey’s upper crust ladies, and has been identified as one of the longest continuous organizations in Illinois.

    The object of the club, as stated in their "constitution," was to "advance the knowledge of literature and promote the art of conversation."

  • Woolsey has had success in the service, in local business

    Woolsey Brothers is a name that is well-known, well-respected and trusted in all of Fayette County … and beyond.

    Its farm supply service is known for the integrity, fairness, and dependability that their customers, as well as their employees, have come to expect over the years.

    The continuity of this well-deserved reputation is largely due to Herb Woolsey, although he would modestly decline the credit.

  • Man gets 12 years for attack, robbery

    A Vandalia man who was arrested in April of this year on battery and robbery charges has been sentenced to 12 years in prison last week in Fayette County Circuit Court.

    Judge Dennis Middendorff of Carlyle sentenced John C. Taylor on Friday, Oct. 23, about 10 weeks after Taylor entered an open plea of guilty to a charge of vehicular invasion.

    In handing down the sentence, Middendorff gave Taylor, 37, credit for time he has served in the Fayette County Jail since his arrest in April.