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Today's News

  • Holiday Activities
  • County OKs new coroner in split vote

    The Fayette County Board on Tuesday offered thanks to the county’s outgoing coroner and then, in a split vote, appointed someone to replace him.

  • New county coroner hails from Texas

    Fayette County’s new coroner has been learning about the office by working with the outgoing coroner for the past nine months.

  • City works up TIF guidelines

    With some aldermen having expressed in recent years a need for better guidelines for the distribution of Vandalia’s Tax Increment Financing funds, the mayor and city council gathered specifically for that purpose.
    During a 90-minute work session on Monday, a set of guidelines was put together with input from Mayor Rick Gottman and city aldermen.
    In preparation of that meeting, City Administrator LaTisha Paslay received copies of TIF guidelines from Granite City and McLeansboro.

  • Residents help in burglary arrest

    Tips from local residents helped the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office apprehend two burglary suspects south of Ramsey on Sunday morning.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, December 14

    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board meets at 4:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Room at Evans Public Library in Vandalia.
    ✔ The Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary meets at 6 p.m. at the Legion Home. The Legion men will cook fried chicken, and members are asked to take side dishes to share.

    Friday, December 15

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Jessica R. Thomas, 23, 328 S. Fourth St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 12 on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine. No bond information was listed.
    • Scott R. Beck, 50, 203 W. Madison St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 11 for an alleged probation violation. He was released at the order of a judge.

  • Christmas Open House at Statehouse
  • New home for Golden Years

    There have been many “Fayette Faces” involved in the building of the Golden Years Club building, from the first dawning of realization of the members that the old, familiar Pilger on the corner just a block from the village main street was deteriorating and a new home was needed.
    When the members held their first potluck meeting in the new building, it was also, appropriately, the first Christmas dinner, as they all joined hands in prayer, some vocally, while all did so silently, within their hearts.
    The House that Faith Built …

  • Brownstown woman dies from injuries in crash

    A Brownstown woman died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 57  on Saturday evening.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Shirley M. Klitzing, 83, of Brownstown was driving a 1996 Oldmobile southbound in the in the northbound lanes of traffic at the 159.5 mile marker of I-57 shortly before 10:30 p.m. when the vehicle crashed into a 2015 Freightliner and trailer driven by Richard P. Messerve, 68, of Mayer, Ariz.