Today's News

  • The Way We Were-Aug. 11, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar and Odie Washington, director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, visited Vandalia for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center.
    Jeff Bullard, 27, of Mt. Vernon, joined the Vandalia Police Department as a patrolman.
    More than 50 people attended a kickoff meeting for Vandalia Main Street.
    Sam and Evelyn Jolliff of Patoka were celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.

    20 Years Ago

  • Stapp helped build Vandalia, Decatur

    James Thomas Burbridge Stapp cut quite a swath through the political life of early Illinois.

  • Make safety a top priority in new school year

    In case you don't have children in the house, let this be your reminder that a new school year is about to begin.
    Activity is increasing around our schools – registration sessions have been held, athletic pre-season practices are under way and, hopefully, shopping trips for school clothes and supplies have been completed.
    It's a busy time of year.

  • We Apologize

    It was incorrectly stated in last week's issue that G&T Holdings had asked for a continuance in the trial for ordinance violation tickets written to the owners of the Redwood Inn for alleged smoking violations.
    The city filed the motion for the continuance, saying that a witness in the case would be unable to be present for the trial last week.
    The trial is now set for Oct. 3, with a pretrial set for Aug. 25.
    We apologize for the error.

  • Marriage Licenses-Aug. 11, 2011

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    Larry Max Kistler
    Jami Danielle Luster
    Jeremiah Floyd Lascelles
    Angie Beth Bridge
    Jason Wayne Forson
    Irma Leann York
    James Henry Dennis Jr.
    Kerry Lynn Roberts

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Agu. 11, 2011

    • Mary C. Smith, 26, 129 W. Main St., Vandalia, was arrested on Aug. 9 for failure to appear in court on a charge of theft. Bond was $1,000.
    • Tabatha L. Sides, 35, 825 Sunset Drive, Vandalia, turned herself in on Aug. 8 on a small claims warrant. Bond was $200 cash.
    • Courtney K. Swick, 29, 526½ S. Seventh St., Vandalia, was arrested on Aug. 8 on a charge of battery. Bond was $1,000.
    • Zachary A. Pyle, 27, 102 W. Madison St., Vandalia, was arrested on Aug. 7 for failure to appear in court on a felony charge. Bond was $3,500.

  • Community Calendar-Aug. 11

    Thursday, August 11

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Friday, August 12

  • News Briefs

    Tools for School dates, times set

  • Marriage Dissolutions

    The following dissolutions of marriage have been recorded in the office of Fayette County Circuit Clerk Mary Sue Ruot:
    James Carl Sanders, Ramsey
    Lisa Ann Sanders, Ramsey
    Sean Michael Edwards, Virginia Beach, Va.
    Lindsey Renee Edwards, Vandalia
    Joshua Michael Lash, Fayette County
    Nichol Louise Lash, Ramsey
    Edward D. Hollins, Vandalia
    Felicia Hollins, Cook County
    Darnell Marice Syms, Lockport
    Hope Deniece Syms, Will County

  • FCHD to begin flu shot clinics in late September

    The Fayette County Health Department is committed to giving all employees flu shots and to serving the community to prevent the spread of influenza. Flu clinics will tentatively start Sept. 26 in various locations in Fayette County.
    Heath care workers have a special role in the fight against influenza. By getting vaccinated themselves, health care workers can protect their health, their families’ health and the health of their patients.