Today's News

  • Use Facebook to help sheriff

    Fayette County residents now have another way to help law enforcement get wanted criminal offenders off the streets, something they can do while reading posts on Facebook.
    Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith recently began listing active warrants on his department’s Facebook page, in addition to having his officers make special efforts to serve warrants.
    Thus far, Smith’s idea of using social media has been working out well.

  • FCHD will offer career sessions for local youths

    The Fayette County Health Department has partnered with SCI-AHEC to provide Fayette County students in grades 6-12 with the opportunity to learn about different careers from professionals in the community.
    Four sessions are scheduled, and students who attend all four sessions will have their names entered into a drawing. All sessions will be held at the Fayette County Health Department, 419 E. Edwards St., Vandalia.
    Each session runs from 6:30-7:30 p.m., and there is no charge for students to attend.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Justin R. Kellermann, 26, 1209 W. Edwards St., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 13 for failure to appear in court in two cases. Bond totaled $545 cash.
    • Joshua T. Wetzel, 26, 213 W. Madison St., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 11 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and disobeying a traffic control signal. Bond was $3,000.
    • Shawn A. Norris, 48, Vernon, was arrested on Jan. 10 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and felony driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $30,000.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:

    Devin Patrick Friesland
    Kara Leeann Beck
    Ralph Timothy Broesche
    Vidor, Texas
    Amanda Michelle Sims
    Vidor, Texas
    Jessie Rayford Turner Jr.
    Candace Simonne Blunt
    David Daniel Henderson
    Louisville, Ill.
    Corrine Nichole Oswald
    Louisville, Ill.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Jan. 15

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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
    Saturday, Jan. 17

  • Girl Scout cookie sales now underway

    Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois kicked off the cookie program Jan. 9 with Cookie Rallies throughout the council.
    Girls will continue to take orders for cookies through Jan. 31, and Cookie Booths will continue to be held on various weekends through March. To get connected to a Girl Scout in your area, call 800-345-6858 or go online towww.gsofsi.org.

  • Sullivan known for baking up some cheer

    Darlene Sullivan was born and grew up in Granite City and seems to have always had a connection with food in some way, a love of preparing and cooking it – especially for others – for all of her 75 years. Her generosity and caring for others have been evident through the sharing of her love of cooking and baking for others.

  • Another fund loan, different reason

    The Fayette County Board approved a budget amendment on Tuesday that includes another $250,000 transfer from the capital improvement fund, but not for the same reason as in the past.
    While the board has loaned money from the capital improvement fund in the past to meet payroll, this time the loan is to, among other things, take care of workers’ compensation expenses.

  • Meeting New Extension Director

    Local residents who are University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners talk with Carl Baker, the new Extension director for Fayette, Effingham, Jasper and Clay counties, during a reception at the Vandalia Extension office on Monday.
    A profile on Baker will appear in next week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Sheriff using Facebook

    Much of Tuesday’s Fayette County Board meeting was taken up by issues related to improving the operations of the county’s sheriff’s department, including the use of Facebook.
    During his report to the board, Sheriff Chris Smith said that he recently began posting outstanding warrants on his office’s Facebook page.
    In the short time that practice has been used, Smith said, “It’s drawing a lot of attention.
    “The success rate is extremely high,” he said.