Today's News

  • Deficit school budget approved

    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday passed a deficit budget for the current year that shows estimated revenues of $13,712,409 and estimated expenditures of $14,837,305.
    That $1,124,896 shortfall will be covered by the district’s operating fund balance (which currently stands at $4,097,390).
    Superintendent Rich Well said that the deficit resulted from a combination of factors – a decrease of nearly $1 million in federal and state funds, and an increase in the cost of supplies and services needed by the district.

  • Local man acquitted of felonies

    A Vandalia man was acquitted of two felony charges and convicted of a misdemeanor offense in a jury trial recently in Fayette County.
    Christopher Glass, 28, 1304 W. Randolph St., was found not guilty of aggravated battery, a Class 2 felony, and domestic battery, a Class 3 felony, in a jury trial at the end of August.
    Glass was found guilty of battery, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 364 days in jail.
    Glass was represented at trial by Troy G. Payne and Debora Niebrugge Reimers.

  • We Apologize

    It was incorrectly stated in last week's issue that Fayette County employees pay $400 a month for health insurance coverage. The county pays employee premiums and part of the difference for deductibles, according to County Clerk Terri Braun.
    Board member Glenn Gurtner was quoted as saying the health insurance was "a luxury." He said he was referring to dental and vision coverage.
    We apologize for errors.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    David Jeremy Rochkes
    Doni Lynn Baker
    Matthew Warren Heiser
    Priscella Marie Carrell
    St. Elmo
    Caleb Jacob Miller
    Lisa Michelle Berger
    Benjamin Dale Timmermann
    Kathleen Kim Doll

    Timothy Joseph Clark

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Stacie J. Willis, 42, 633 S. Front St., Ramsey, was arrested on Sept. 19 on charges of forgery and theft less than $500. She was released at the order of the state’s attorney’s office.
    • Veronica S. Taylor, 36, Effingham, was arrested on Sept. 19 on charges of driving while her license is suspended or revoked and speeding. Bond was $1,500.
    • Eric M. Sidwell, 20, 211 S. College St., Brownstown, was arrested on Sept. 19 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $5,000.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, September 22

    ✔ 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, September 23

    ✔ The 42nd annual Grande Levée gets under way on the Vandalia Statehouse grounds. Schedule information appears on pages 1 and 16.

  • White offers reminders about child safety seats

    Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White encouraged parents and caregivers to make sure children are properly secured in appropriate child safety seats, including booster seats, as studies show the vast majority are improperly installed.
    White made the announcement during National Child Passenger Safety Week.

  • Fayette County announces tax sale

    Fayette County, as trustee, has completed its tax deed proceedings on real estate properties that were delinquent for 2007 and mobile homes that were delinquent for 2008 and prior real estate taxes.
    The county will now offer for sale the real estate and mobile homes obtained to the public. They will offer approximately 13 real estate items and two mobile home items through a sealed bid auction sale.

  • City Honors Blackerby for service to DARE Program

    Mayor Rick Gottman, left, and Police Chief Larry Eason, right, represented the city in recognizing Vandalia Police Department officer Rob Blackerby for his nine years of service as the city's DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer. The city recently decided to discontinue the DARE program as part of its spending cutbacks.

  • Marriage License

    The following marriage license was issued recently by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:

    Donald Ray VanHoose III
    Mulberry Grove
    Chastity Hope Capshew
    Mulberry Grove
    There was an error in the printing of this marriage license in last week's issue.
    We apologize for the error.