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Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These three children are pictured at day care. The girl seated is having her hair done by her sister. One of the girls is married and has a baby.

  • Some early facts about Farina

    The village of Farina began as a station on the Chicago Branch of the Illinois Central Railroad. It was surveyed by James Carson on Nov. 9, 1857, and a post office opened the following year, with William L. Dillon as postmaster. It is not known who chose the name.

  • Be safe on the Fourth

    It's a three-day, midsummer celebration likely to be full of picnics, barbecues, boating and other outdoor activities. It's also something that can turn tragic in a second.
    According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 200 people, on average, go to the emergency room with injuries caused by fireworks around the Fourth of July.
    Of those injured, 40 percent are between the ages of 25 and 44, and 14 percent are in the 45-64 age range. Twenty percent of those injured are between the ages of 10 and 19.

  • Birthday Open House

    Erma Atwood
    An open house to celebrate the 90th birthday of Erma Atwood will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, at Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care in Vandalia.
    Cards may be sent to her at: 650 W. Taylor St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Benjamin J. Calvert, 25, RR 2, Brownstown, was arrested on June 30 for failure to appear in court on a civil matter. Bond was $250 cash.
    • Timothy E. Butts, 43, 627 W. Main St., Ramsey, was arrested on June 29 for failure to appear in court in a felony case. Bond was $2,500.
    • Jared L. Depoister, 30, Edgewood, was arrested on June 29 for failure to appear in court Fayette County in a misdemeanor case and in Effingham County in a driving under the influence case. Bond was $7,500.

  • Coroner investigating apparent suicide

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen is continuing to investigate an apparent suicide early Monday morning.
    Bowen said that at 11:49 p.m. on Sunday, authorities received a report of an individual with a firearm threatening to harm himself at the Carlyle Lake Patoka access area.
    Fayette County sheriff’s deputies and the Illinois State Police responded to the call and located that individual’s vehicle.
    Asked multiple times to exit his vehicle, Bowen said, the individual did not respond. Officers at the scene then heard a single gunshot.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:
    Andrew Keith Schaal
    Rosalia, Kan.
    Amanda Marie Bakevr
    Rosalia, Kan.
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    Tyler Joseph Menke
    Carlyle
    Felicia Marie Bearley
    Carlyle
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    Cody Alan Willenborg
    Herrick
    Payton Renee Jones
    Herrick
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    Jacob Michael Rush
    Vandalia
    Melissa Dawn Evans
    Vandalia
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    Scott Wayne Brown
    Vandalia

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 2

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ 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.

  • Howard family opens diner, meat market

    The Matt and Rhonda Howard family has always been a close-knit, caring family. Whatever the kids – Madison, Maisie and, Brady – have been interested in, the parents have encouraged and supported them, while still giving them the freedom to think and do for themselves.

  • A Day of Family Fun