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Today's News

  • Christiana Tillson recorded pioneer life

    Born Christiana Holmes at Kingston, Mass., she suffered culture shock when she moved with her new husband, John Tillson, to the backwoods of Montgomery County, Ill., in October 1822.

    Last week, I referred to Christiana’s book, "A Woman’s Story Of Pioneer Illinois," written two years before her death in 1872. The book was privately printed in Massachusetts, and intended for family and close friends.

  • City joins Fayette Water, OKs Relay for Life move to parks

    The city of Vandalia has decided to become a member of the Fayette Water Co., in order to use the rural water company’s product for its needs at the Vandalia Lake campground area.

    The city will pay Fayette Water Co., which is in the process of establishing service to rural residents in Shafter and Sharon townships, about $2,100, according to City Administrator Jimmy Morani.

    That amount will include the membership fee and the hookup fee, Morani said.

    Fayette Water will run a 6-inch service line to the lake campground area.

  • City committee backs off on parking plan

    A committee charged with the task of dealing with boulevard parking in Vandalia still wants to see problems related to that issue resolved.

    But the group of city alderman is, at least for the time being, is backing off on an earlier recommendation for parking restrictions.

    A couple of months ago, Mayor Rick Gottman asked the streets and sewers committee – Chairman Bret Brosman, Larry Cable and Chad Feldpouch – to try to come up with a way of resolving boulevard parking problems.

  • York found guilty of murder

    Michael York admitted to a Fayette County jury last week that he hit Krystal Heggie, but that he did so after she hit him, and that he did not mean to harm their unborn child.

    But the jury, after listening to about two days worth of testimony, determined that there was enough evidence to convict York on three felony offenses, including first-degree murder.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, October 9

    4 TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Sylvia Davis at 217-823-2607.

    Friday, October 10

  • Area Community Calendar

    Thursday, October 9

    4 TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Sylvia Davis at 217-823-2607.

    Friday, October 10

  • FCH flu shot clinic is Tuesday

    Fayette County Hospital will hold a flu shot clinic from 8 a.m.-noon and from 1-4 p.m. at The Wellness Complex, located behind Wendy's. The fee of $30 per flu shot will be due at the time of service in the form of cash or check; FCH will also bill for Medicare. For more information, call 283-5542 and ask for Susan.

  • Area Community Calendar

    Wednesday, October 1

    eoe" A flu clinic will be held from 3-5 p.m. at the American Legion Home in Vandalia.

    Thursday, October 2

    eoe" Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse.

    eoe" TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Sylvia Davis at 217-823-2607.

    eoe" The Fayette County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors will meet at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1221 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia.

  • Thursday-1:25 p.m.---Ramsey man guilty of first-degree murder

    A Ramsey man was found guilty on Thursday of first-degree murder at the conclusion of a 3 1/2-day jury trial in Fayette County Circuit Court.

    Michael E. York, 29, will be sentenced on Oct. 24 on the crimes of first-degree murder, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and aggravated battery of a pregnant person.

    The jury deliberated for about three hours before returning guilty verdicts on all three counts filed by Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel and his assistant, Matt Chancey.

  • Attend E911 hearing

    At the general election about a month from now, Fayette County residents will be asked for the third time to approve a telephone surcharge to fund emergency phone service. We’re hoping that the third time is a charm.

    We’ve given residents information prior to the first two votes on the issue, and we will be doing that again prior to the Nov. 4 election.

    But we’re hoping that residents also take the initiative to gather information on their own and ask questions.