Today's News

  • VOTE!

    If this general election doesn't get you out to vote, probably none in your lifetime will.
    We have a lot at stake in next Tuesday's election, both nationally and locally.
    Of course, at the top of the ballot is the U.S. presidency, a hotly contested race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.
    And, further down the ballot are the local races, some important races.
    Fayette County residents have been given a choice for three county offices – state's attorney, circuit clerk and coroner.

  • Couple acquitted on charge of concealing fugitive

    A rural Beecher City couple was found not guilty of concealing a fugitive in a three-day jury trial last week in Fayette County.
    A Fayette County jury deliberated 35 minutes before returning not guilty verdicts for Brett A. and Linda R. Wood last Wednesday afternoon.
    The trial began on Monday with the selection of jurors and continued on Tuesday with Assistant State’s Attorney Brenda Mathis presenting the prosecution’s case.

  • Election next Tuesday

    Fayette County residents have a number of choices to make, from the top on down, when they step into the voting booth next Tuesday.
    In addition to having four choices for U.S. president and U.S. senator, county residents will have a choice when they vote for the three county officer positions on the ballot.
    And the residents of one Fayette County Board district will also have two options for the district seat up for election this year.

  • 'This is Home'

    The volunteers who showed up about a month ago to begin cleaning some of Vandalia’s oldest grave markers included about 10 local residents … and one came from far, far away to help out.

  • FCH LTC earns five-star rating

    The Long Term Care facility at Fayette County Hospital received notification from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that the nursing home has earned five out of five stars. CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily.
    Each nursing home listed on the website receives a rating of between one and five stars. Nursing homes with five stars are considered to have much above average quality, and nursing homes with one star are considered to have quality much below average.

  • Winners in Lions Club's Halloween Parade

    The winners in the Vandalia Lions Club's Halloween Parade are as follows:
    • First-Ponderosa KFC/Taco Bell Ramada Inn Award – "Monster Mash," Bright Beginnings Preschool Child care, $225.
    • Second-Bluff Equipment Award – Pirate ship, Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care, $175.
    • Third-Fayette County Real Estate/Burtschi Brothers Award – "Ghostbusters," Hohlt and File Funeral Home, $150.

  • Brownstown shopping event returns

    What began a few years ago as a thoughtful wish to help some citizens of Brownstown do some holiday shopping without having to get out in cold weather and drive to other towns has become sort of a holiday tradition, like Old Tyme Christmas in Vandalia, but on a smaller scale, and especially with seniors’ safety and convenience in Brownstown in mind.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Nicholas E. Parker, 24, homeless, was arrested on Oct. 31 for an alleged violation of an order of protection. No bond information was listed.
    • Andrew T. Stephens, 40, Effingham, was arrested on Oct. 31 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.
    • Jay M. Rutherford, 33, 732 S. Eighth St., Vandalia, was arrested on Oct. 31 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Timothy D. Cox, 26, Decatur, was arrested on Oct. 31 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $395 cash.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, October 27

    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ 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.

  • Circuit clerk, coroner hopefuls tout assests at public forum

    Candidates for the Fayette County offices of circuit clerk and coroner told residents of the county at a recent candidates’ forum why they are the best choices for those offices.
    Vying for the office of circuit clerk are Republican incumbent Kathy Emerick and Democrat challenger Ashley Towler, and the incumbent county coroner, Republican Bruce Bowen, is opposed by Democrat Lori Carter.
    For the forum, coin tosses were held to determine the order for opening statements and candidate answers to questions.