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Today's News

  • Appealed meth sentence reduced to 30 years

    A Sumner man who in 2014 was sentenced to 35 years in prison had his sentence reduced by five years after an appellate court reduced the charge on which he was sentenced.
    Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor sentenced Michael T. Fickes to 30 years on the charge of participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, a lesser included charge filed when Fickes was taken into custody in 2013.

  • Fatal fire on Friday still under investigation

    While the investigation into the fire last Friday morning that claimed the life of a Shobonier woman is continuing, authorities believe that the fire was smoking-related.
    Ruby Darlene Mays, 76, died in that fire, which was reported shortly before 10 a.m. last Friday.

  • Vandalia Police

    Monday, Jan. 22
    • James Atwood, 24, of Brownstown, was issued city ordinance citations for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    • A 15-year-old youth was issued a city ordinance citations for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    Sunday, Jan. 21
    • 12:54 a.m. – Officers responded to the 400 block of West Randolph Street for a report of a domestic problem. The situation was resolved without incident.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Chrystalynn A. Taylor, 430 N. Sixth St., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 22 on a charge of domestic battery. No bond information was listed.
    • Michael A. Bruck, 18, 1191 N. 1100 St., Shobonier, was arrested on Jan. 22 on a charge of possession of cannabis, 10-30 grams. Bond was $1,500.
    • Darrel Morris, 50, Kokomo, Ind., was arrested on Jan. 22 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 25

    ✔ The Greater Fayette County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual banquet in the main reception room at Howie's on Main, located at Main and Sixth streets. A social hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 6:30 p.m., followed by the presentation of Abe Awards. Tickets, $25 each, are available at the main branch of First National Bank, the chamber office on the second floor of First National Bank, Priority Staffing Group and WKRV/WPMB.

    Friday, January 26

  • HCE honors Steve Zimmerman family

    Fayette County Home and Community Education recently recognized Steve and Sally Zimmerman and their children, Rachel and David, by presenting the family with the following: Certificate of a Special Award – In recognition of your dedication to providing a morally, mentally and physically safe environment through education of the home, schools, and community.

  • Man charged with murder appears in court

    The Mulberry Grove man charged with killing a Brownstown man last September made his first appearance in court last Thursday morning.

  • Hammer sentencing postponed again

    The sentencing hearing for the Vandalia woman who has been convicted of seriously injuring her infant child has again been delayed.

  • Witnessing Progress

    The temporary removal of a large window from the building that housed a family furniture story for decades signifies progress in the development of a unique business in downtown Vandalia.

  • Meyer competing for Millikin

    A Vandalia Community High School graduate was among the squad members as the Millikin track teams open their indoor season on Saturday, competing in the Towson Tiger Invite at Armory Track in New York, N.Y.
    Ethan Meyer, a sophomore at Millikin, finished fifth in the men’s 500-meter run with a time of 1:06.73.