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Today's News

  • Childhood memories of wash day

    The washer broke yesterday. Oh, I can’t say it was much of a surprise. It had begun to make funny noises about three weeks ago.
    It didn’t owe me anything, as the saying goes. I had bought it used 10 years earlier and it had served me well. However, when it died, it was at the beginning of the wash cycle; I was faced with a medium-sized load of unwashed clothes.
    It was as I was wringing out a pair of socks that a picture of my mother came to mind, bent over a tub in the basement, scrubbing on her washboard.

  • Wise decision by county board

    County residents have heard about a possible new ordinance, one that would govern the use of low-speed vehicles on rural roads in the county. Now, they have an opportunity to take a look at what has been proposed.
    The Fayette County Board last Thursday rejected such an ordinance, though that document – or a revised version of it – may come up again in the future.
    If a low-speed vehicle ordinance does resurface, at least it will be after county residents have an opportunity to take a look at what has been proposed and offer their opinions.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This This young lady grew up in the Pittsburg area, and she has worked in the banking and insurance business. She has been married for more than 30 years, and has two beautiful daughters and an adorable great-granddaughter.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:
    Tyler Jay Roe
    Brownstown
    Ashley Marie Ashe
    Brownstown

    Craig Dean Frailey
    Brownstown
    Chelsey Shyann Lange
    Brownstown

    Michael Adam Davis
    St. Elmo
    Michelle Lynn Adams
    St. Elmo
    Tyler Scott Horst
    Vandalia
    Rosalyn Wanner Martin
    Shobonier

    Stewart Samuel Chandler
    Vandalia
    Dana Marie Simmons

  • Farmers can seek assistance for damage from flooding

    The flooding in late December has caused producers in Fayette County to suffer damage to their farmland. Now, producers may be eligible for cost-share assistance under the ECP program to rehabilitate farmland damaged by the flooding.
    This disaster program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, which provides assistance to producers if the damage is so severe that it is too costly to restore themselves.
    Assistance may include removing debris, grading, shaping, or releveling farmland or restoring conservation structures.  

  • The low-speed vehicle ordinance rejected by the Fayette County Board

    ORDINANCE NO. 2016-04-14-D
    AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE OPERATION OF LOW SPEED VEHICLES WITHIN THE LIMITS OF FAYETTE COUNTY
    WHEREAS, Fayette County, Illinois (the “County”), has heretofore been duly organized and is now operating as a county under the provisions of the Illinois counties code, and all laws mandatory thereof and supplementary thereto (the “Code”); and

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Daniel C. Woolsey, 30, 105 E. Gallatin St., Vandalia, was arrested on April 18 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.
    • Teresa Witt. 48. 318 S. Stone St., Vandalia, was arrested on April 18 for contempt of court. Bond was $250 cash.
    • Stetson W. Stokes, 24, 13 Oak Grove Lane, Brownstown, was arrested on April 18 on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. No bond information was listed.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, April 21

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
    ✔ 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, April 23

  • Watson helps to collect, distribute Bibles

    Faye Watson has long been on a self-appointed mission – to help others learn about God by offering encouragement, understanding and information, through her church and her life.

  • Another county fund transfer narrowly passes

    As the Fayette County Board approved yet another loan from its capital improvement fund last Thursday, one board member said that the county is only continuing to make such transfers without a plan.
    The board barely approved a $145,742 transfer from that fund so the county could make a workers’ compensation and liability insurance payment, with the vote being 7-6.