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Today's News

  • Peter Blair an early merchant

    F.M. Bolt, a former editor of The Ramsey News-Journal, contributed stories to his hometown newspaper on a regular basis. Over the years, I have looked at many back issues of the News-Journal on microfilm, and when I came across a Bolt article, I would print a copy and add it to my file.

  • Participate in Cleanup Week

    You know all of that unusable and unwanted stuff that you have accumulated in your garage or basement? Now is the time to dig it out and get rid of it.
    Vandalia’s annual Cleanup Week begins on Monday and runs through Friday.
    The city of Vandalia offers Cleanup Week to give residents a chance to get rid of those unwanted items that are not normally picked up by trash crews.
    Those items should be placed alongside your regular trash on your regular trash pickup day.

  • Auxiliary Poppy Day

    Mayor Rick Gottman signed a proclamation declaring this Saturday at American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Day in Vandalia.

    With Gottman are Liz Elam, Mary Truitt and Sue Shadwell. The auxiliary will be selling poppies this Saturday to raise funds to help disabled veterans.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Amanda M. Graumenz, 29, 407 N. Kennedy Blvd., Vandalia, was arrested on May 11 on charges of driving under the influence of drugs and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $3,000.
    • Jonathan C. Ashbaugh, 39, 918 N. Walnut St., St. Elmo, was arrested on May 11 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $1,200.
    • Daniel J. Durbin, 31, 304 N. Pine St., Apt. B, St. Elmo, was arrested on May 11 on a charge of criminal damage to property. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 14

    ✔ 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's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. at the library. Those interested in joining the group may contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.

  • City or civil matter?

    The city of Vandalia’s legal counsel will try to determine whether it should be involved in a request to relocate a city street as it was platted or whether it’s a civil matter between two parties.
    The city council’s streets committee met last week to discuss Andy Lester’s interest in moving a section of Fletcher Street that runs south of his property, running west off of Sunset Drive.

  • FCHD nurses provide hospice, home health

    “Hospice is not an ending, but a beginning to making every moment count. Hospice provides comfort and dignity for your loved one, and support for your family within the home of facility in which you live.”

  • National Week of Prayer
  • Jail time for theft of trailers

    A Shobonier teen who was one of two individuals arrested in March for a number trailer thefts in the area will spend a little less than four months in jail.
    Johnny L. Baker, 18, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Fayette County Court to a charge of vehicle theft conspiracy and was sentenced to 120 days in the Fayette County Jail, with 10 days credit given for time already served.
    Judge Don Sheafor also sentenced Baker to 48 months probation, issued a $2,500 fine, and ordered him to pay a $50 Crimewatch fee and a $400 public defender reimbursement fee.

  • New county payroll system OK'd

    The Fayette County Board on Tuesday approved a change in its payroll system that the county clerk believes will save the county money and “simplify” operations.
    County Clerk Vicky Conder told the county board that when she was notified that First National Bank was wanting to discontinue payroll services to the county, she began shopping around for companies that could provide that service.