Today's News

  • Harner family still calls Avena home

    The Harner family came to Fayette County by covered wagon from Rockingham County, Va., in 1860.

  • Keep prom night safe – not tragic

    With the school year winding down, this is an activity-packed time of year.
    Graduation plans are being made, band and chorus concerts are scheduled, spring sports are moving toward the culmination of their season and proms are being held at schools throughout the county.
    It is the proms that give parents and school officials the most reason to worry.

  • VPD taking unused drugs on Saturday

    The Vandalia Police Department will be accepted expired and unused drugs without question this Saturday.
    The “no questions asked drug turn-in” is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with collection boxes set up in the lobby of the city’s Public Service Building, 221 S. Fifth St.
    The collection is allowed for individuals; doctors and medical facilities may not participate in the program. Those dropping off drugs will not be asked to identify themselves.
    Once collected, the drugs will be turned over the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and destroyed.

  • Marriage License

    The following marriage license has been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:
    Jason Donald Lewis
    Cassandra Lee Emerick

  • FCHD hosting women's health seminar

    The Fayette County Health Department is one of 14 health departments in Illinois to be awarded a mini-grant through the Illinois Department of Public Health to celebrate National Women’s Health Week in May.
    Next Thursday, from noon-2 p.m., nationally acclaimed speaker Bark Bancroft will speak at the FCHD facilities on West Johnson Street in Vandalia on the topic of “Hormonal Chaos.”
    During this free seminar, Bancroft will explain the role of hormones in women’s health, not just estrogen, but progesterone and testosterone, as well.

  • Lions circus is Monday

    The Vandalia Lions Club is bringing the circus to town.
    The Kelly Miller Brothers Circus will be in Vandalia on Monday for shows at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Waggoner Trucking parking lot on Janett Ave.
    Tickets purchased in advance are $10 for adults and $6 for children.
    Advance tickets are available at all locations of First National Bank of Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka, Mulberry Grove and Greenville, and at Country Market in Vandalia.
    Advance tickets are also available from Lions Club members.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Joseph B. Johnson, 24, RR 2, Ramsey, was arrested on April 24 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Duane R. O’Neal, 46, Fredericksburg, Ohio, was arrested on April 24 on a St. Clair County traffic warrant. Bond was $1,000.
    • Duran C. Dollins, 21, Vandalia, was arrested on April 24 on charges of possession of 30 grams or less of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $1,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 26

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Kaskaskia College will hold an Arbor Day celebration at 11 a.m. at the KC Vandalia Campus on West Fillmore Street. Alex Eade, a KC horticulture instructor, will be the speaker for the celebration. A light lunch will follow the speaker and a ceremonial tree-planting.

  • After battling cancer, Thomas receives his calling

    “It is more blessed to give than receive.”
                    Acts 20:35
    Those are words that Don Thomas, pastor of the Brownstown United Methodist and Emmanuel United Methodist churches has always lived by.

  • Chancey enters state's attorney's race

    About three weeks after Stephen Friedel announced that he would not seek a fourth term as Fayette County’s state’s attorney, his assistant has decided to run for that office.