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Today's News

  • Altamont man dies in Sunday morning wreck

    An Altamont man was killed in a one-vehicle accident east of St. Elmo early Sunday morning.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Matthew D. Manley, 20, was driving a Chevrolet east on U.S. Route 40, about two miles east of St. Elmo, when his vehicle left the roadway on the north side and struck an embankment.
    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen, who pronounced Manley dead at 4:38 a.m., said the vehicle came to rest in a creek bed.
    The St. Elmo Fire Department responded to the scene for extrication.

  • Time change is Sunday

    Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday

  • Courtney Taylor will speak at Lenten Luncheon next week

    Courtney Taylor, youth leader at the Northside Christian Church, will be the speaker at the third Lenten Luncheon next Wednesday at the St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Vandalia.

  • State pays city for VCC water service

    The city of Vandalia has been working a long time to see that the state of Illinois gets caught up on payments owed for water and sewer service provided to Vandalia Correctional Center.
    On Monday, City Clerk Peggy Bowen told the Vandalia City Council that that goal had been reached, thanks to state Sen. John O. Jones (R-Mt. Vernon).
    Bowen reminded aldermen on Monday that Jones had recently helped to get about $181,000 from the state, and that Jones pledged to stay on top of the matter.

  • Two have new meth charges

    Two individuals who are awaiting trials on methamphetamine charges were arrested last week on new meth charges.
    Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel last Friday filed information that charges Eric Hohlt and Angela M. Bone with three felony meth offenses.
    Both Hohlt and Bone have been charged with:
    • Participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, a Class X felony punishable by up to 40 years in prison.

  • CPR + AED = LIFE

    For 20 years, Scott Torbeck has rushed to aid others as a firefighter and emergency medical technician with the Patoka Fire Department.

  • HCE Unit Donates Tabs

    Irene Reed (left), a member of the Wright's Corner Unit of Fayette County Home and Community Education, was accompanied by her son, Larry, when donating 11 pounds of soda can tabs to the Vandalia McDonald's.

    Accepting the donation is McDonald's manager Jill Arndt. The club collects the tabs, which are used to support the Ronald McDonald House.

  • Births

    Ethyn James Wright
    Trevor and Tara Wright of Beecher City are the parents of a boy born at 12:54 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.

  • Work done at museum

    The sanctuary of the old Presbyterian Church, home of the Fayette County Museum at 301 W. Main St. in Vandalia, is being resurrected. To celebrate this resurrection, the bell is being rung at noon on Fridays.
    A new roof was put on the building in 2009. The following spring, the historic oilcloth ceiling was uncovered. Plans were made to continue restoration and to provide energy efficient improvements. This will be done in four phases.

  • Three celebrate birthdays

    On Sunday, Jan. 29, several family members and friends joined together at the Loudon Town Hall in rural Beecher City to celebrate three big milestone birthdays and others.
    The honored guests were: MaryBelle Ledbetter of Brownstown, celebrating her 90th birthday; Carrie Dodson of St. Elmo, celebrating her 80th birthday; and Cora Miley of rural Beecher City, celebrating her 75th birthday. Both Carrie and Cora are nieces of MaryBelle.