Today's News

  • Community Sports Briefs (April 7)

    Bushue to open season with Lexington on Thursday

    Houston Astros prospect and South Central High School graduate Tanner Bushue will open the 2011 season with the Class A Lexington Legends on Thursday.

    Lexington opens the season with eight straight home games, the first four against Charleston and the last four against Hagarstown. Bryce Harper, the No. 1 overall pick in last season's Major League draft, plays for Hagarstown.

    In 25 starts, Bushue was 7-8 with a 4.11 earned run average for the Legends last season.

  • KC holds GED graduation

    Kaskaskia College recently held a GED graduation ceremony in the Lifelong Learning Center.
    All GED completers are eligible for a Kaskaskia College GED scholarship.
    The scholarship covers tuition and student technology fees and may be awarded for up to 48 credit hours as long as the student meets eligibility requirements and attends consecutive semesters.

  • Marriage Licenses-April 7, 2011

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    Bryan Lee Washburn
    Myrna Sue Boone

    Jason James Carpenter
    Stacey Lynn Sarchet

    Joshua Aaron Willium Bergman
    Heather Mae Carroll

    Cody James Hawkings
    Brittany Mae Crandell

  • Local bowling team wins tourney
  • Sheriff's arrest log-April 7, 2011

    • Kevin L. Houser, 29, Newton, was arrested on April 5 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Ashley A. Swarringin, 25, 106 Woods St., Mulberry Grove, was arrested on April 5 for failure to appear in court on a charge of operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $2,500.
    • Jerry R. Jones, 49, Decatur, was arrested on April 4 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $5,000.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, April 7

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20  p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Friday, April 8

  • Experience with Shriners leads Beard to clowning

    April is National Volunteer Month, and one of Fayette County’s favorite volunteers, for both young and old, is Bill Beard, also known as “Windy Willy,” the lovable balloon animals clown.
    What began as a desire to help others as he and his family had been helped became a ministry of sorts that has spanned 20 years, and Bill is enthusiastically entering into the 21st.

  • 50th Annual Ramsey Lions' Community Sale

    Pleasant weather and big bargains resulted in a large crowd in downtown Ramsey on Saturday for the Ramsey Lions Club's 50th annual Ramsey Community Sale.

    In the first photo, a portion of the crowd on Saturday afternoon gathers around one of the many auctioneer trucks used for the sale in Lions Park. In the second photo, Skylar McElroy, 5, of Salem, tries out one of the lawn tractors up for sale. Chad Cooley, third photo was one of the auctioneers handling the sale of everything from tractors to tea sets.

  • City begins work on new budget

    With a draft in their hands, Vandalia officials were getting to work on a new budget on Tuesday afternoon.
    “We must have a balanced budget,” Mayor Rick Gottman said at Monday’s council meeting, when he presented city aldermen with a draft of a budget for the fiscal year that begins on May 1.
    Gottman said that he was to meet with the city’s department heads on Tuesday afternoon to begin the process of fine-tuning the new budget.

  • Sales tax soundly defeated

    Fayette County voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a 1-percent sales tax that would benefit school districts in the county.
    Unofficial vote totals in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun show that 58 percent of those going to the polls on Tuesday voted against the school tax. The unofficial vote total was 1,641-no and 1,166-yes.
    Vandalia School District officials hoped to use funds generated by the sales tax to abate bonds and lower the property taxes of residents of the district.