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Today's News

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 23

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Evans Public Library will host PACK from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to read to DarnFar Ranch's specially trained therapy dogs. Registration is required; to register, call the library at 283-2824 or stop by the library.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • David W. Howell, 42, Decatur, was arrested on Oct. 21 on a warrant for a charge of aggravated battery of a peace officer. Bond was $30,000.
    • Zachary A. Willis, 21, 603 S. Sixth St., Vandalia, was arrested on Oct. 20 on a charge of possession of firearm and ammunition without a Firearm Owners Identification card. Bond was $25,000.
    • Michael R. Rhodes, 29, Nokomis, was arrested on Oct. 20 for failure to appear in court on a small claims matter. Bond was $150.

  • Moyer stepping down in January

    Vandalia’s director of public works will be retiring at the start of next year.

  • Walking to support & prevent

    They walk to remember loved ones. But they also walk with hopes that others won’t be joining them in the future.

  • More gaming OK'd

    Two weeks after overwhelmingly rejecting the addition of liquor licenses for the purpose of gaming, the Vandalia City Council narrowly decided to allow them.
    The council voted 4-3 on Monday to allow up to three Class A liquor licenses, with two aldermen – B. John Clark and Russ Stunkel – changing their votes from two weeks ago. Also voting Monday to allow up to three Class A licenses were Crawford and Neil Clark
    B. John Clark made a motion to reconsider the action taken on the liquor license issue on Oct. 6, when it passed by a 6-2 margin.

  • County takes on budget deficit

    Chairman Steve Knebel said on Tuesday that the county’s budget for the new fiscal year will be a balanced one.
    But, he said, before they start that new fiscal year in December, they need to address a problem with the current one.
    The county board met in special session on Tuesday night so it could discuss with department heads that problem – deficits with the current budget.
    With two months to go in this fiscal year – October and November – the county is looking at a budget deficit of about $60,000, Knebel said.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    YES – Lady, the Little Senior Mini-Horse …
    … now has not only one, but two new stable friends. The unknown, little jenny donkey that I knew was just waiting for us was found at the caring home of Ron Groennert and his sister Rhonda’s home in Okawville.
    When we saw their ad in the Trader paper to sell a jack donkey, we called to see if they would happen to know of a little mini-jenny, and there she was (among several other nice little jennies), waiting for us with a baby donkey by her side – a double blessing!

  • Frogtown News

    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning attendance was 177.
    Rita Yagow was the organist.
    Collin Miller served as acolyte.
    Charles Wachholz and Paul Reynolds were attending elders.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Kevin Courson
    -Ann Dunaway
    -Roxanne Emrick
    -Irma Jean Kruenegel
    -Ed Morton
    -Dorothy Vogus
    • Those with long-term health concerns:
    -Mary Brimberry
    -Mary Dierks
    -Maria Oswald
    -Carolyn Quade

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, October 16
    • Fayette County 4-H youth ages 8-10 are invited to meet at the St. Elmo Public Library from 3:30-5 p.m. to participate in the NYSD event, “Rockets to the Rescue.” For more information, see the National Youth Science Day article following the announcements.
    Saturday, October 18

  • We Apologize

    Due to an error in the program for the Volley For The Cure game in Greenville, Lady Vandal volleyball player Jessica Sullens was incorrectly indentified as Mindy Ritchey. We apologize for the error.