Today's News

  • Multiplier is 1

    Fayette County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0, according to Brian Hamer, director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.
    The property assessment equalization factor, often called the “multiplier,” is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by law. This equalization is particularly important because some of the state’s 6,600 local taxing districts overlap into two or more counties (e.g. school districts, junior college districts, fire protection districts).

  • Girl Scout cookie sales in January

    The 2012 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program is right around the corner.
    Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) will kick off the cookie sale Jan. 6-8 during Cookie Caravan weekend.
    During Cookie Caravan, customers can purchase cookies directly from girls at various locations throughout the region.
    Traditional cookie order-taking will occur Jan. 6-21, with cookies to be delivered in mid-February. Customer demand for Girl Scout Cookies following delivery has been high historically, so additional Cookie Caravans will be held March 2-4 and 9-11.

  • News Briefs

    Unemployment at 9.8% in November

    Unemployment in Fayette County was at 9.8 percent in November, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
    The IDES report shows that the November figure is lower than in November 2010, 10.6 percent.
    Unemployment in Effingham County dropped from 7.5 percent in November 2010 to 7 percent this November. Marion County's November rate was 11 percent, down from 11.3 percent in November of last year.

    Zumba classes in Patoka resume Jan. 3

  • Tony arrives in time to meet Sophia at Christmas

    Last week’s Fayette Faces featured Sophia, a little 5-year-old girl who is now in the worst stage of spinal muscular atrophy, and whose only wish was for a service dog to retrieve objects she dropped and to be her companion, a “buddy.” She asked for an orange dog, because that is her favorite color.
    Also featured was “Tony,” a golden retriever, a family pet that had lost his family and little girl due to circumstances that made them unable to properly care for him. They placed him in caring hands.

  • 14 counts filed against Vandalia man after crime spree

    Sixteen counts of criminal charges have been filed against a Vandalia man who eluded police for more than a day after a crime spree covering a wide area.
    Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel filed charges against Kenneth J. Weldon, 30, 330 S. Coles St., Vandalia, on Friday, two days after he was taken into custody south of Mulberry Grove.
    Weldon appeared in court late last week, with his bond set at $300,000.
    The charges filed by Friedel’s office include the following allegations:

  • Riddle succeeding Cole as Statehouse superintendent

    For close to three decades, Mary Cole has been helping to keep alive Vandalia’s history as a former state capital and the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln’s political career. This week, her tenure in that role comes to an end.

  • Vandals 3-0 through first two days of own tourney

    The Vandals are 3-0 through the first two days of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, and they had a showdown with Pana Wednesday night that decided who would represent Pool B in Thursday's championship game.

    The results of that game and the entire championship day schedule will be available at www.leaderunion.com by Thursday morning.

    In the first three games of the tournament, Vandalia rallied to beat Stew-Stras, 55-46, on Tuesday, while on Monday grinding out a win against St. Elmo, 48-43, and using a fast start to down Shelbyville, 57-37.

    Vandalia vs. Stew-Stras

  • Vandalia grad has memorable senior season at Illinois College

    During his college career, Brock Doehring has been through a lot.

    But as he exits Illinois College, he leaves a team that is on the rise.

    This year, the IC Blueboys finished second in the Midwest Conference and qualified for the NCAA Division III playoffs for the first time in school history.

  • South Central streaky in pair of losses at Vandalia Holiday Tournament

    South Central had stretches of good play during losses to Flora and Wesclin in its first two games of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, but until the Cougars play more consistently, wins could be hard to come by.

    Coach Rick Simmons said that there were positives in both a 55-45 loss to Flora on Monday and a 47-36 loss to Wesclin on Tuesday, but that the Cougars have yet to play well throughout a whole game.

  • Eagles fail to upset Vandalia or Pana

    For the Eagles to better their seed in the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, they would have had to had upset either second-seeded Vandalia or third-seeded Pana, but fifth-seeded St. Elmo was unable to do so.

    The Eagles did get a 67-49 win against No. 8 Stew-Stras on Monday morning, before falling to Vandalia, 48-43, that night, and Pana, 60-44, Tuesday afternoon.

    St. Elmo vs. Pana

    The Eagles led by two at halftime, but Pana used a 12-2 run in the third period to take a 10-point lead, which would be all it needed during a 60-44 win Tuesday afternoon.