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Today's News

  • Names of Fayette County towns have story

    Nearly 20 years ago, I compiled a list of Fayette County towns, villages and neighborhoods. My main source for the list was back issues of "Fayette Facts," where, in addition to information on schools, churches and cemeteries for each township, various place names within the township were listed. Many of the villages have long since disappeared.

  • Openness at VCC helps public see challenges there

    For most area residents, the only view of the Vandalia Correctional Center is the one they get from driving past on Ill. Route 51.
    From that vantage point, they can see the fences, the buildings and the 1,500-acres of land on which the facility is located. They may occasionally observe inmates in the exercise area, when the weather allows. But those superficial glimpses are about the extent of the contact most residents have with the county’s largest employer.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • A 17-year-old Vandalia youth was arrested on Jan. 22 on a charge of burglary. No bond information was listed on the arrest log.
    • Richard G. Jacques, 47, 312 N. Oak St., Farina, was arrested on Jan. 21 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500, and he was released on a notice to appear in court.
    • Brian E. Mathrusse, 24, Roy, Utah, was arrested on Jan. 23 for failure to appear on a charge of possession of a stolen vehicle. Bond was $2,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 24

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey.
    ✔ 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.
    Sunday, January 27

  • FNB Gift to MG First Responders

    First National Bank in Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka, Mulberry Grove and Greenville recently started a program called "Jeans for Charity."

  • Historical Music

    In the Fayette County Museum's third Season of Events performance, Dennis Straoughmatt of Albion played traditional music on the fiddle.

    He also talked about French history in Illinois and Missouri. The Season of Events helped raised funds for renovation to the museum.

  • Hanabarger offers outdoor equipment at new store

    The good news is that new opportunities for shoppers and those needing services and/or information continue to grow in downtown Vandalia, as previously vacant storefronts are filling up with displays.

  • New eatery fulfills pact

    The construction of a new restaurant in Vandalia will both provide a new eatery and fulfill the terms of a seven-year old agreement with the city.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that a Huddle House restaurant will be built near the Holiday Inn Express in the southwest quadrant of the city’s western Interstate 70 interchange.
    That means that developer Chuck Keller is finally able to fulfill the terms of a pact he signed with the city in 2005.

  • Going Behind Locked Doors

    A prison reform group based in Chicago that visited some Illinois prisons last year opined that problems at those prisons – including Vandalia Correctional Center – include overcrowding and deteriorating facilities.

  • Lady Vandals fall to Greenville in SCC action

    The Lady Vandals will celebrate their four seniors on Thursday prior to the game against Roxana.

    Morgan Whightsil, Amber Bruno, Haley Cothern and Abby Dugan will all be recognized prior to the South Central Conference contest.

    Coach Michelle McNary said that last season’s game at Roxana is one the team should have won, so she believes that if her team plays well, it can snap its five-game losing streak.

    Roxana is 13-10 (2-5 SCC) this season.

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