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Today's News

  • Jr. Miss Fayette County Court

    Sarah Craig (seated), who was crowned the 2012 Jr. Miss Fayette County Fair queen on Sunday evening, is shown with her court.

    Standing, from left, to right are: Candyce Stout, first runner-up; Marisa Thomason, 2011 Miss Fayette County Fair; Brooke Mayfield (back), 2011 Jr. Miss Fayette County Fair; Emma Smith, 2011 Little Miss Fayette County; and Cori Hipsher, second runner-up.

  • News Briefs


    VVFD holding fundraiser on Saturday

    The Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department will hold a fundraiser this Saturday evening at The Copper Penny, 125 S. Fourth St. Members of the VVFD will be working as guest waiters and bartenders, accepting tips and donations, beginning at about 5 p.m.
    Later in the evening, the VVFD will be giving away items and gift certificates donated by local businesses about every half hour. They are also holding a raffle for a 32-inch LCD HD television, with tickets being $10 each.

  • McDowell is first Mr. Fayette County Fair

    In the inaugural Mr. Fayette County Fair pageant, Brady McDowell of Brownstown won the title.

    Here, he is crowned by Marisa Thomason, the 2011 Miss Fayette County Fair queen, while the 2011 Little Miss Fayette County, Emma Smith, looks on.

  • Monday's shooting is termed a suicide

    Authorities now believe that a gunshot that killed a man in Shobonier on Monday was self-inflicted.
    A female contacted the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office on Monday afternoon, reported that someone had shot themself at a rural Shobonier residence.
    Shortly before 6 p.m., a county deputy found a man identified as Michael Brown, 27, of Henry, dead on the front steps of that residence.
    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen, who pronounced Brown dead at 6:18 p.m., reported that the longtime Vandalia area resident had sustained a gunshot wound to the head.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 12

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Fayette County Board will meet at 7 p.m. in the large courtroom at the Fayette County Courthouse.
    ✔ The Fayette County Fair continues. The grandstand attraction is C-Bar Rodeo at 7 p.m.
    Friday, July 13

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:
    Joshua David Behrends
    Brownstown
    Jennifer Kay Palovcsik
    Brownstown
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    Kenny Robert Pryor
    Shobonier
    Samantha Jean Cook
    Shobonier
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    Elijah Thomas Keppler
    Vandalia
    Angela Dawn Burks
    Vandalia
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    Jason Alan Fidler
    East Troy, Wis.
    Calyn Louise Walker
    East Troy, Wis.
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    Pierce Gregory Strobel

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Brandon E. Durre, 21, Altamont, was arrested on July 9 on charges of possession of drug equipment, disobeying a stop sign and reckless driving. Bond was $1,000.
    • Nicholas E. Parker, 20, RR 1, St. Elmo, was arrested on July 9 for failure to appear in court on a charge of operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $2,500.
    • Floriberto Anselmo, 27, Laurel, Miss., was arrested on July 9 on charges of driving without a valid license, driving while his license is suspended and speeding. Bond was $1,200.

  • Lions' fireworks display now set for Sunday, Sept. 2
  • Zimmermans compete in many 4-H categories

    A visit to the Fayette County Fair-grounds Saturday afternoon found that, although the temperature was in the three-digit range, area 4-H kids were braving the heat to participate in the rabbit competitions.

  • Friedel making run for judicial post

    Fayette County residents will not see the name of Stephen G. Friedel on the ballot this November, but Shelby County residents will – for a different post than the one he holds here.