Today's News

  • Otto – Berkheimer

    Staci Otto of Ramsey and Brent Berkheimer of Trilla were united in marriage at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, on the beach in Mexico Beach, Fla., in a double-ring ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Leon and Cathy Otto of Ramsey.
    She is a 2004 graduate of Ramsey High School and a 2007 graduate of Lake Land College with an associate's degree in science. She is currently employed by K.C. Summers in Mattoon.
    The groom is the son of Tim and Deb Berkheimer of Trilla.

  • Jezek – Goldsboro

    Becky Jezek and Andy Goldsboro, both of Patoka, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Bret and Trish Jezek of Salem. She is a 2005 graduate of South Central High School and a 2010 graduate of Kaskaskia College of Centralia with an associate's degree in respiratory therapy. She is currently employed as a respiratory therapist at Salem Township Hospital and at Crossroads Community Hospital in Mt. Vernon.

  • George – Miles

    Sheri George of Centralia and Mark Miles of Vandalia have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Gary and Jeri George of Centralia.
    The future groom is the son of Alice and the late Robert Miles of Vandalia.
    The couple are planning a 3 p.m. outdoor wedding on Sunday, Oct. 10, at the Vandalia Shrine Club, with a reception to follow at 5 p.m. at the same location.

  • Herbord – Weddle

    Megan Herbord of Ramsey and Kirk Weddle of Pana have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Rick and Sheila Herbord of Ramsey. She is a 2006 graduate of Ramsey High School and a 2010 graduate of Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Ind., with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
    The future groom is the son of Aurelia and the late Todd Weddle of Pana. He is a 2006 graduate of Pana High School. He is currently employed as an emergency medical technician for Clinton Ambulance Service in Clinton.

  • Haslett – 65 Years

    Louis and Ulavon Haslett of Brownstown celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, Sept. 21.
    They have four children: Charlene and her husband Steve of Moweaqua, Larry and his wife Libby of Columbus, Ga., Gary of Gulf Port, Miss., and Brad and his wife Fan of Collierville, Tenn.
    They have 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.
    A wiener roast and hayride will be held the latter part of October at the home of Steve and Charlene Case in Moweaqua for those who can attend.

  • Moose donates stuffed animals

    Vandalia Moose Lodge No. 1447 this week donated a number of Tommy Moose stuffed animals to local emergency response agencies. Local police officers and firefighters will give the stuffed animals to youngsters to comfort them in emergency situations. Lodge No. 1447 Gov. Stan Kelly (far left) and Administrator Tom Workman (second from right) presented the stuffed animals to, from left to right, Fayette County Sheriff Aaron Lay, Vandalia Police Chief Larry Eason and Vandalia Fire Department Chief Merle Adermann.

  • Local man pleads guilty to federal drug charges

    Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced last Friday that Cristy Davis, 28, formerly of Greenville, and Casey Kistler, 29, of Vandalia, pleaded guilty last Wednesday and Friday, respectively, in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis to an indictment charging them with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine.
    The offense carries a penalty of 10 years to life in prison, a fine of up to $8 million and not less than five years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

  • FCH joins 'Raising the Bar' hospital initiative

    Fayette County Hospital has become a participant in a new quality initiative established by the Illinois Hospital Association.
    The program, called “Raising the Bar,” is an initiative to raise the level of health care quality and make Illinois a national leader in quality care and patient safety.
    Greg Starnes, chief executive officer of FCH, indicated that the hospital has pledged to share best practices and implement new methods to prevent and reduce infections and other complications and unnecessary hospital readmissions.

  • Poly-Pak & Ship takes on big state mailing project

    A Vandalia company that prepares and mails publications throughout the nation recently landed a job that tested its capacities.
    The task involved mailing about 4.5 million booklets that explain a proposed amendment to the Illinois constitution.
    Though it was a big job, JoAnn Boggs, founder and president of Poly-Pak and SHIP Inc. pursued it – and she beat out several other bidders from around the country.
    "We've been trying to get in with the state for years," she said. "Government jobs can keep people busy."

  • Business Briefs

    Oldfield admitted to practice before U.S. Tax Court


    David A. Oldfield, a Vandalia  attorney, was admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court on Sept. 8.

    Oldfield, an attorney with LeFevre, Oldfield, Myers, Apke & Payne Law Group, is believed to be the only Fayette County attorney admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court.