Today's News

  • Armed Forces Days
  • Work to better school funding formula ongoing

    “My job is to fight for the kids in our (school) district.”
    That’s why, Superintendent Rich Well told members of the Vandalia Board of Education last week, he’s been spending so much time with state legislators recently.
    Well is among a group of school superintendents who are working to get a better, more-equitable system for funding school districts in Illinois, particularly smaller, downstate districts.

  • Three area events on Memorial Day

    Memorial Day will be observed on Monday in Fayette County during three events.
    Brownstown VFW Post 9770 will hold its annual Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Wall in the village park.
    State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) will be the keynote speaker for the event, and a community choir will sing several patriotic songs.
    Also during the service, Brownstown students Jacob Baron and Addison Cage will read their winning essays from VFW contests.
    At 1 p.m. is the 14th annual local edition of the Walk Across America.

  • Bowen decides to seek 5th term

    About eight months ago, Bruce Bowen announced that he would not run for re-election to Fayette County’s coroner post. But, after no one filed petitions to run for that position this November, he changed his mind.
    On Monday, Bowen, a Republican filed paperwork with Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder, the county’s election official, that allows him to seek an unprecedented fifth term as coroner.

  • Registration for library's summer reading program begins June 1

    Evans Public Library and McDonald’s are inviting local youth to sign up for the library’s summer reading program at the Vandalia library: “Read for the Win.”
    “Read for the Win” offers two reading programs this summer, one for children age 3 through sixth grade and one for students in junior high through newly graduated high school seniors. Students in fifth and sixth grades may choose either program.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 26

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses were issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:

    Jacob Daniel Putnam
    Beecher City
    Stefanie Grace Sapp
    St. Elmo
    Roger Wayne Eller II
    Ashley Dawn Willis
    James Wade Havera
    Kate Lynn Carroll

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • A 15-year-old youth was arrested on May 24 on charges of driving without a license and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. The youth was given a notice to appear in court.
    • Michael R. Inocencio, 32, St. Louis Avenue, Vandalia, was arrested on May 23 on a charge of burglary from a motor vehicle. No bond information was listed.
    • Ranata L. Holmes, 35, St. Louis, Mo., was arrested on May 22 on charges of identity theft and credit card fraud. Bond was $15,000.

  • Efforts taken to save Arm Prairie Church

    Rod Rogers serves as pastor of the 137-year-old Arm Prairie Church, located south of Brownstown. And he and his wife, Sissy, join the congregation in holding a cookout at 3 p.m. on June 4 to revive the little church structure.

  • Cougars capture regional title

    South Central extended its season Saturday afternoon with a regional championship win over Neoga, 13-8.
    Trailing 6-2 after only two innings, the Cougars mounted a comeback, with senior Brett Harmeier leading the way with a team-high four RBI’s. Starting pitcher Gavin Ratermann was pulled after five innings of work, as he allowed eight runs (seven earned).
    Despite his pitching woes, Ratermann contributed at the plate, drawing three walks and tallying a run and RBI.