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Today's News

  • Some early facts about Farina

    The village of Farina began as a station on the Chicago Branch of the Illinois Central Railroad. It was surveyed by James Carson on Nov. 9, 1857, and a post office opened the following year, with William L. Dillon as postmaster. It is not known who chose the name.

  • Be safe on the Fourth

    It's a three-day, midsummer celebration likely to be full of picnics, barbecues, boating and other outdoor activities. It's also something that can turn tragic in a second.
    According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 200 people, on average, go to the emergency room with injuries caused by fireworks around the Fourth of July.
    Of those injured, 40 percent are between the ages of 25 and 44, and 14 percent are in the 45-64 age range. Twenty percent of those injured are between the ages of 10 and 19.

  • Birthday Open House

    Erma Atwood
    An open house to celebrate the 90th birthday of Erma Atwood will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, at Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care in Vandalia.
    Cards may be sent to her at: 650 W. Taylor St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Benjamin J. Calvert, 25, RR 2, Brownstown, was arrested on June 30 for failure to appear in court on a civil matter. Bond was $250 cash.
    • Timothy E. Butts, 43, 627 W. Main St., Ramsey, was arrested on June 29 for failure to appear in court in a felony case. Bond was $2,500.
    • Jared L. Depoister, 30, Edgewood, was arrested on June 29 for failure to appear in court Fayette County in a misdemeanor case and in Effingham County in a driving under the influence case. Bond was $7,500.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:
    Andrew Keith Schaal
    Rosalia, Kan.
    Amanda Marie Bakevr
    Rosalia, Kan.
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    Tyler Joseph Menke
    Carlyle
    Felicia Marie Bearley
    Carlyle
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    Cody Alan Willenborg
    Herrick
    Payton Renee Jones
    Herrick
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    Jacob Michael Rush
    Vandalia
    Melissa Dawn Evans
    Vandalia
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    Scott Wayne Brown
    Vandalia

  • Howard family opens diner, meat market

    The Matt and Rhonda Howard family has always been a close-knit, caring family. Whatever the kids – Madison, Maisie and, Brady – have been interested in, the parents have encouraged and supported them, while still giving them the freedom to think and do for themselves.

  • Law Dogs hold national rally in Vandalia

    If you were anywhere around Vandalia this past weekend, the thunder from the storms wasn’t the only loud noise you heard. You also heard the sound of 130 motorcycles as the Law Dogs LE/MC held its National Rally here last Thursday, Friday and Saturday at America’s Best Value Inn.

  • Vandalia Lions starting Leo Clubs this fall

    It is documented that Coach Jim Graver started the Leo ball rolling in 1957 and chances are that that ball was a baseball, as Graver was the baseball coach of the Abington High School in Pennsylvania and an active member of the Glenside Lions Club.

  • Bids for swimming pool project opened on July 9

    Vandalia Park District officials will know in the near future whether bids for the renovation of the district’s swimming pool are in line with estimates for the project.

  • SWCD executive director explains potential impact

    Kelly Thompson, SWCD Executive Director
    Nearly $7.5 million Soil and Water Conservation District funding for FY 2016 has been named in the governor’s latest budget cuts and will be “suspended” July 1 if a balanced budget cannot be reached by the General Assembly.
    The suspension of funds accounts for district operations and cost-share project appropriations. If the suspension is not lifted, soil and water conservation districts around the state will be forced to dismantle their work force and offices will close.