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Today's News

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, April 7

    ✔ 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, April 8

  • Experience with Shriners leads Beard to clowning

    April is National Volunteer Month, and one of Fayette County’s favorite volunteers, for both young and old, is Bill Beard, also known as “Windy Willy,” the lovable balloon animals clown.
    What began as a desire to help others as he and his family had been helped became a ministry of sorts that has spanned 20 years, and Bill is enthusiastically entering into the 21st.

  • 50th Annual Ramsey Lions' Community Sale

    Pleasant weather and big bargains resulted in a large crowd in downtown Ramsey on Saturday for the Ramsey Lions Club's 50th annual Ramsey Community Sale.

    In the first photo, a portion of the crowd on Saturday afternoon gathers around one of the many auctioneer trucks used for the sale in Lions Park. In the second photo, Skylar McElroy, 5, of Salem, tries out one of the lawn tractors up for sale. Chad Cooley, third photo was one of the auctioneers handling the sale of everything from tractors to tea sets.

  • City begins work on new budget

    With a draft in their hands, Vandalia officials were getting to work on a new budget on Tuesday afternoon.
    “We must have a balanced budget,” Mayor Rick Gottman said at Monday’s council meeting, when he presented city aldermen with a draft of a budget for the fiscal year that begins on May 1.
    Gottman said that he was to meet with the city’s department heads on Tuesday afternoon to begin the process of fine-tuning the new budget.

  • Sales tax soundly defeated

    Fayette County voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a 1-percent sales tax that would benefit school districts in the county.
    Unofficial vote totals in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun show that 58 percent of those going to the polls on Tuesday voted against the school tax. The unofficial vote total was 1,641-no and 1,166-yes.
    Vandalia School District officials hoped to use funds generated by the sales tax to abate bonds and lower the property taxes of residents of the district.

  • Clark brothers unseat incumbents

    Vandalia has four new aldermen as a result of the consolidated election, with two of the winners on Tuesday unseating incumbents.
    In St. Elmo, all three winners – including two incumbents – were write-in candidates.
    The winners in Vandalia included brothers Neil Clark and B. John Clark.
    Neil Clark received 25 votes to lead a field of four Ward I candidates. Incumbent Bret Brosman was second with 20 votes, and Jason Paslay and Kenneth W. Hubler each garnered 19 votes.

  • Following Illinois' grain

    It’s not often that agriculture producers get to see the end-users of their labors. But that’s exactly what Fayette County elevator owner Ken Cripe saw recently when he traveled to Central and South America on an Illinois Farm Bureau study tour.

  • Vandalia incumbents unseated

    In the two contested Vandalia City Council races, the incumbents were unseated.

    In St. Elmo, all three write-in candidates won aldermanic seats.

    In Vandalia, Neil F. Clark won the Ward I race with 24 votes. Incumbent Bret Brosman had 20 votes, and Jason Paslay and Ken Huber each had 19.

    In the other contested race, for a four-year term in Ward IV, B. John Clark defeated Larry K. Cable, 158-149.

  • Sports cancellations -- April 4-5

    Sports cancellations for Monday and Tuesday.

    •Tuesday's South Central/Patoka baseball game will be played in Kinmundy instead of Patoka.

    •Tuesday's South Central softball home game has been canceled.

    •The Vandalia baseball game at Teutopolis has been canceled. The JV game versus T-Town is also canceled.

    •Both the South Central baseball and softball home games have been canceled.

    •The Ramsey baseball game against Mulberry Grove has been canceled.

  • Banks of the Okaw-March 31, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two sisters grew up in the Mulberry Grove area. One now lives in Greenville and works at Southwestern Electric. The other lives in Mulberry Grove and works at a day care center.