Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Weston P. Smith, 18, 125 E. Main St., Ramsey, was arrested on Oct. 10 on a charge of domestic battery. He was being held awaiting the setting of bond.
    • Samuel E. Brummet, 29, 317 S. Thompson St., Ramsey, was arrested on Oct. 10 on a charge of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver. He was being held awaiting the setting of bond.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, October 13

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. at the library. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center in Vandalia.

  • Haunted house opens Friday

    The Halloween season kicks off this weekend with the opening of the haunted house provided by the Vandalia Swimming Pool staff.
    “Monster Manor” is again inside the former Washington School building in the 400 block of South Eighth Street in Vandalia.
    Admission is $6 per person, and all proceeds go to the park district swimming pool.
    The schedule for “Monster Manor” is:
    • Friday and Saturday – 7-11 p.m.
    • Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 22 – 7-11 p.m.

  • Gazebo provides beauty for residents of FCH LTC

    It has been said, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” In this case, the Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care Gazebo is a continuous source of beauty for every season, thanks to the group Familes That Care at Long Term Care, which was formed years ago, and continued to others who picked it up and kept it going, and to Sid File, who maintains the plants, flowers and seasonal décor with funding provided by the Families That Care group.

  • Candidates' forum is Thursday night

    Fayette County residents will have an opportunity this Thursday night to hear from the candidates for three county officer positions on Thursday’s general election ballot.
    The candidates for circuit clerk, coroner and state’s attorney are scheduled to participate in the forum, set for 6 p.m. in the Little Theater at Vandalia Elementary School.
    The forum is being sponsored by WKRV-WPMB Radio, The Leader-Union and Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.
    The candidates scheduled to participate include:

  • Volunteers sought for cemetery work

    A Vandalia woman wants to restore some of Vandalia’s history, and she would like some help doing that. This Saturday, Dorothy Donley will show those volunteers how to do the work.

  • Search for bank robber continues

    Authorities are continuing to search for a man who held up Midland States Bank in Farina last Friday morning.

  • County still hammering out a new budget

    The Fayette County Board’s finance committee is continuing to fine tune a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and two members of the committee said that it’s not an easy task.
    “It’s an ongoing process,” Chairman Jeff Beckman told other board members on Tuesday, adding that the budget will not likely be well received.
    “It’s not pretty,” Beckman said. “We’re just going to have to do what we have to do,” he said, referring to the trimming of expenses.

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Visitors
    Mitch, Gretchen, Owen, Aaron and Henry Harpster of Jackson, Mo., spent Friday to Sunday with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    On Saturday, Belinda, Gretchen, the boys, and Mahala and Harper Jacquin went to Greenup to Grissom Lost Creek Orchard. They enjoyed the petting zoo, had lunch at Dairy Queen and returned home.
    Upon returning home, Owen and Aaron went to the field to ride in the combine with Papa Dane, and ride in the grain truck with their dad.
    That evening, the Harpsters and Jacquins enjoyed dinner at Schaefer’s.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, October 13
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., Beecher City Branch Library.
    • Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Monday, October 17
    • Historical Vandalia Inc. Board, 6:30 p.m., Fayette County Museum, Vandalia.
    • St. Elmo Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., unit office.
    Wednesday, October 19