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Today's News

  • Christmas Open House at Statehouse
  • Holiday Activities
  • New home for Golden Years

    There have been many “Fayette Faces” involved in the building of the Golden Years Club building, from the first dawning of realization of the members that the old, familiar Pilger on the corner just a block from the village main street was deteriorating and a new home was needed.
    When the members held their first potluck meeting in the new building, it was also, appropriately, the first Christmas dinner, as they all joined hands in prayer, some vocally, while all did so silently, within their hearts.
    The House that Faith Built …

  • City works up TIF guidelines

    With some aldermen having expressed in recent years a need for better guidelines for the distribution of Vandalia’s Tax Increment Financing funds, the mayor and city council gathered specifically for that purpose.
    During a 90-minute work session on Monday, a set of guidelines was put together with input from Mayor Rick Gottman and city aldermen.
    In preparation of that meeting, City Administrator LaTisha Paslay received copies of TIF guidelines from Granite City and McLeansboro.

  • New county coroner hails from Texas

    Fayette County’s new coroner has been learning about the office by working with the outgoing coroner for the past nine months.

  • County OKs new coroner in split vote

    The Fayette County Board on Tuesday offered thanks to the county’s outgoing coroner and then, in a split vote, appointed someone to replace him.

  • Brownstown woman dies from injuries in crash

    A Brownstown woman died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 57  on Saturday evening.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Shirley M. Klitzing, 83, of Brownstown was driving a 1996 Oldmobile southbound in the in the northbound lanes of traffic at the 159.5 mile marker of I-57 shortly before 10:30 p.m. when the vehicle crashed into a 2015 Freightliner and trailer driven by Richard P. Messerve, 68, of Mayer, Ariz.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Krista D. Rigdon, 38, 188 E. 900 Ave., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 4 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.
    • Sammy J. Baldock, 43, 969 E. 2800 Ave., Ramsey, was arrested on Dec. 4 for an alleged probation violation. Bond was $7,500.
    • Kaleb W. McCormick, 24, 903 N. Main St., Fillmore, was arrested on Dec. 4 for failure to appear in court and on charges of possession of stolen property and theft less than $500. Bond was $3,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, December 7

    ✔ The Fayette County Hospital Auxiliary will hold its annual Dillard's Winter Sale in the community room and main lobby from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.
    ✔ An open house is being held from 1-4:30 p.m. at the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation office, in the USDA building at Third and Johnson streets, in honor of Resource Conservationist Tony Pals and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the district. Desserts will be served.

    Friday, December 8

  • Teen arrested last week for burglary of vehicles

    Charges are pending against a Vandalia teen who was arrested last week in connection for the burglary of motor vehicles last month.
    According to Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray, Carl E. Carroll was arrested on charges of burglary from a motor vehicle and criminal trespass to a vehicle.
    On Monday, a judge released Carroll due to the fact that charges were not being filed at this time.
    On the evening of Nov. 16, Vandalia Police handled reports of thefts from 13 vehicles. All of those vehicles, Ray said at the time, were unlocked.