Today's News

  • Koester – 55 years

    Howard and Carol Koester will be celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary this Saturday.

    For those who wish to send them a card, their address is: 2320 N. 1450 St., Brownstown, Ill. 62418.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Elizabeth M. Wagner, 28, Decatur, was arrested on April 12 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.
    • Skylar M. Dye, 22, 415 N. Elm St., St. Elmo, was arrested on April 12 on charges of criminal trespass to a residence and possession of methamphetamine. Dye was being held awaiting the setting of bond.
    • Isaiah Fletcher, 26, 1774 TE AS Ave., Mulberry Grove, was arrested on April 12 on charges of criminal trespass to a residence and possession of methamphetamine. Fletcher was being held awaiting the setting of bond.

  • City administrator in budget, but on hold

    Vandalia officials will for the second year in a row include in its budget funding for a city administrator. But the state’s budget impasse could be a major factor in whether they continue the process of filling that vacancy.
    “I’m working on putting that in the budget,” Mayor Rick Gottman said last week about the city administrator post.
    In fact, the city was moving toward filling that post in the midst of the state’s budget impasse.

  • Legion looks for local vets

    A local veterans’ organization that has among its objectives assisting those who have served in this country’s armed forces has begun an effort to bring those individuals into the fold.
    At the same time, it’s looking to find local veterans who need its assistance.
    “We definitely would like to increase our membership,” Mary Truitt of the veterans committee of Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95.
    This effort began as the Legion and Auxiliary discussed how they can or should use donations given on Poppy Day.

  • Farina woman charged with meth offenses

    A Farina woman has been jailed on six methamphetamine charges after the execution of a search warrant last Friday.

  • Young Royalty
  • Low-speed vehicles

    A topic of interest for many Fayette County residents who have all-terrain vehicles and utility vehicles will be discussed, and possibly acted on, at Thursday’s meeting of the Fayette County.
    Items on the agenda for the 7 p.m. meeting in the large courtroom at the Fayette County Courthouse include an ordinance “approving the operation of low-speed vehicles within the limits of Fayette County.”

  • Church Brief

    First Pentecostal holding revival

    First Pentecostal Church in Vandalia will hold revival services with the Rev. Wesley Jackson of Diggins, Mo. April 13-15, with services beginning at 7 o'clock each evening.
    The church is located at 1009 W. Gallatin St., Vandalia. For more information, call 367-1697.

  • Don't just go to church, BE the church

    In a sermon on the resurrection of Jesus, Melvin Newland used an illustration from a story told in the book, “Six Hours One Friday,” by Max Lucado.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    What a joyous meeting we had! If you ever need an uplift, a friend, a real joyful occasion, just come to Evergreen Outreach.  For at least an hour, maybe more, you can cast your troubles away and let God fill your heart. Great music and good friends will help you get thru whatever or anything that is hurting you.   We welcomed many EO friends that we have not seen for at least a month, some since Christmas!