Today's News

  • Richardson authors, designs historical kiosks

    The stories on the kiosks for St. Elmo, Brownstown and Vandalia, though briefness was a necessity, seem to get to the heart of each of the towns, both through the text and photographs that compose the panels on the kiosks.

  • Pipeline work about 60% complete

    A project moving southward through the center of Fayette County that has had significant impact on the local economy is more than 60-percent complete.

  • It's time to lead a dog's life

    At a party recognizing one of the recent retirees of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, the treat for the honoree would likely be a cheeseburger instead of a cake.

  • Harvest Season Begins
  • Harvest Festival Royalty

    Royalty crowned at the Harvest Festival on Saturday in downtown Vandalia are pictured.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Oct. 1

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. at the American Legion Home in Ramsey.
    ✔ The Vandalia Community High School volleyball team will host Greenville in the Volley for the Cure game. The event starts at 5 p.m. and includes food, raffles, prizes and an address by cancer survivor Mindy Miller.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kendra N. Johnson, 36, 211 N. Kennedy Blvd., Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 28 for failure to appear in court on a charge of assault. Bond was $3,000, and she was released on a personal recognizance bond.
    • Wayne M. Hans, 47, 1421 N. Seventh St., Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 28 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $2,500.
    • Bart A. Stokes, 49, 621 S. Front St., Ramsey, was arrested on Sept. 28 on a warrant for a felony charge. Bond was $2,500.

  • After call from county board member, coroner decided not to seek re-election

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen announced on Thursday that he after a phone call from a county board member, he has decided not to seek a fifth term.

    In a press release, Bowen said that he had initially planned to run for re-election, but changed his mind after a phone call.

    Bowen said that while he was on vacation, a county board member called him, "accusing me of things that were totally untrue. He did not name the county board member."

  • CEFS honors South Central Illinois Law Dogs

    The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corp. recently showcased its 50th year of accomplishments that demonstrated that community action helps people and changes lives.

  • LIHEAP application period begins soon

    The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corp. will begin the 2016 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program on Thursday Oct. 1. That is the first day that appointments can be made for the program.
    October and November are priority months reserved for those households that have either a member aged 60 and above or disabled. Appointments can be made by contacting the local C.E.F.S. County Outreach offices.  
    Starting on Nov. 2, applications will also be accepted from households that at the time of application have a child under age 6; proof of age will be required.