Today's News

  • Hawk joins local CPA firm

    Luallen, Cearlock, Barth & Burnam Ltd. has announced that Beth Hawk, a certified public accountant in Illinois, has joined the firm as of September.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This photo was posted at Vandalia Memories by administrator Kathy Schultz, courtesy of Virginia Messex Maulding Witlock.

    According to writing on the back of the photo, this is the Charles Manion Band.

  • Two Statehouse events this weekend

    Excitement inside the Vandalia Statehouse is building as Saturday night nears. On this one night, Illinois’ oldest capitol will be alight with more than 200 candles and its halls echoing with the strains of chamber music from the group Chordially Yours of Edwardsville.

  • New spending review good for the county

    Fayette County officials will continue to struggle with its finances as they try to discontinue the trend of spending capital improvement funds for salaries. One policy change introduced on Tuesday appears to be a good step toward watching the county's spending.
    Forever, county board committees, during a break in the regularly monthly meeting, would go through their respective bills for that month, then recommend payment of those bills to the full board.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 –  Cowden-Herrick won the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.
    Wind chill factors of -30 to -40 degrees caused schools to be canceled in Fayette County.
    Forrest Meseke resigned after eight years as Fayette County Farm Bureau president.
    More than 400 Caring and Sharing baskets were distributed.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no Banks photo this week.
    There was no Banks photo last week.
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  • Briefs

    FCH Board meeting is on Dec. 16

    Due to the Christmas holiday observance, the regular monthly meeting of the Fayette County Hospital District Board will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16, in the FCH conference room.

    Monday is final day to give veterans gifts

    Next Monday is the final day to donate gifts for veterans through Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary.
    Gifts may be dropped off at Wehrle Brothers on Ill. Route 185 or Mid-State Camper Sales in Bluff City.

  • Election filing begins Monday

    The filing period for candidates who wish to take part in the April 7, 2015, Consolidated Election is Dec. 15-22.
    This election includes all municipalities, school boards, park districts, library districts and fire districts that elect representatives.
    All candidates with the exception of school board candidates are required to file petitions with their respective units of government.
    School board candidates are required to file petitions in the office of the county clerk.

  • Marriage Licenses

    Jason Eugene Arnold
    Lori Ann McNary

    Wesley Dale Rhodes
    Beecher City
    Jennifer Gale Koehler

    Johnny Ray Burgess
    Sheralyn Marie Evans

    Nathan Lee Lindsey
    Amanda Kristine Pontious

    Rollin Ryan Martin
    St. Peter
    Victoria Leann Horst

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Bobby L. Matheny, 59, Baytown, Texas, turned himself in on a warrant for failure to appear in court in a felony case. Bond was $3,000.
    • Michael L. Reynolds, 47, Centralia, was arrested on Dec. 9 for failure to appear in court on a charge of possession of less than 5 grams of methamphetamine. Bond was $25,000.
    • James W. Atwood, 21, 413 E. Ash St., Brownstown, was arrested on Dec. 8 on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was $1,500.