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Today's News

  • Library has Civil War exhibit

    The year 2011 began the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  The war lasted five years, until 1865. History classes, books, movies and TV have taught a lot about that war, but there is always something new to learn.
    It is known that many men were lost in that war. However, more men were lost due to disease than to the actual fighting. In fact, this deadly weapon that could not be seen killed two soldiers for every one felled by gunfire.

  • Brownstown student charged after alleged threat last week

    Felony charges have been filed against a Brownstown High School student who allegedly threatened another student through the networking website Facebook.
    Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison said that he has charged the 15-year-old student with three counts of intimidation and one count of interference with an educational institution.
    Each of the two charges is a Class 3 felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Because of his age, the youth is being prosecuted through juvenile proceedings.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 17

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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, January 19

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Juan R. Arroyo, 19, RR 3, Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 14 on a charge of battery. He was released on a notice to appear in court.
    • Teresa M. Witt, 44, 1826 W. Jefferson St., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 14 on charges of driving while her license is suspended, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and improper parking. Bond was $1,500.
    • Franklin D. Huddlestun, 23, 717 South St., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 14 on a charge of failing to report a change of address as a registered sex offender. Bond was $10,000.

  • Griffin Tipsword averts a massacre

    Long before the French traders and pelters discovered the Kaskaskia River and her tributaries, the land encompassed by Fayette County was part of vast hunting grounds for various Indian tribes.

  • McCarter office site in Vandalia is good for area

    Going back to the days when Frank Watson (R-Greenville) represented our area in the Illinois Senate, Vandalia has maintained close ties with its state senator. We’ve had a similarly close relationship with state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon), even though his home was farther away and his district was gerrymandered into an atrocious L-shaped mess that started in Madison County, came east through Vandalia and careened north to include Decatur.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – Dr. Phillip Good was the new emergency medical director at Fayette County Hospital.
    First National Bank in Vandalia, Ramsey and Patoka handed out checks to 30 area organizations. In the first five  years of its Hometown Support Program, the bank handed out more than $50,000 to more than 50 organizations.
    As they considered changing the city’s form of government, Vandalia officials discussed the roles of a mayor and city administrator under the city administrator form of government.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken in 1956, shows a father and first-born daughter.

  • Two men open computer shop on Gallatin Street

    Partners in the newest business in downtown Vandalia, Nathan Dothager and Cody Scott are local men, and both grew up and attended school in Vandalia.

  • School board gets financial update

    The Vandalia Board of Education held an abbreviated meeting Monday night, with 40 minutes of the meeting’s 70 minutes being taken up by an executive session to discuss personnel.
    As he went over the district’s finances, Superintendent of Schools Rich Well told the board that at the midpoint of the district’s fiscal year, total expenditures are at 51 percent of the annual budget.
    On the revenue side, Well said that the district has received 65 percent of the anticipated revenues for the school year.