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Today's News

  • $5.5-million project for FCH

    Fayette County Hospital is taking on a $5.5-million project designed to improve both the hospital’s operations and its service to the public.

  • VCC inmate caught 18 hours after escape

    About 18 hours after he escaped from the facility, a Vandalia Correctional Center inmate was captured.

  • It took some guts

    As she worked to help organize an event that would raise funds for Brownstown’s VFW post, Robyn Pontious really had no idea how well the event would be received.

  • Smith holds first law enforcement session

    Seeing that he has no opposition in November, it’s a given that Chris Smith will be Fayette County’s next sheriff.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 25

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Evans Public Library will host PACK from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to read to DarnFar Ranch's specially trained therapy dogs. Registration is required; to register, call the library at 283-2824 or stop by the library.

  • St. Elmo child found 75 minutes after reported missing

    OnSept. 25 at approximately 9:14 a.m., a report of a missing juvenile was takenby the St. Elmo Police Department.

    Uponarrival a brief search was conducted but the child was not located. Officers then contacted the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office for further assistance. Immediately, St. Elmo Fire Department and First Responders were dispatched to the scene. The child was described as an 8-year-old white male.

  • Host Lady Vandals take second at weekend tourney

    The Lady Vandals were unable to take advantage of their momentum going into the third game of the championship matchup of their tournament on Saturday, taking second place.

  • Early miscues cost Vandals in loss to Roxana

    Two early Roxana touchdowns off of mistakes put the Vandals in a deficit hard to overcome.
    But the Vandals did their best to do so.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These cousins were reared in Ramsey. One now lives in Vandalia and the other lives in Belleville.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Blood tests were no longer required for Fayette County and Illinois couples planning to get married. The state legislature repealed the mandatory premarital AIDS and blood testing.
    Mayor Rich Walker announced Vandalia would be getting a 60-room Days Inn.
    Vandalia Community High School’s No. 1 girls doubles tennis team of Beth Herrington and Kim Lotz won first place in doubles at the Centralia Orphan Annie Invitational Tournament.

    30 Years Ago