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Today's News

  • The history of the village St. James

    The stories of those who lived through various events and times are referred to as first-person accounts and are my favorite resource for local history.

  • Event yet another benefit from 4-H

    Many of Fayette County’s youth learn many things through their participation on the county’s 4-H program. One of those was on display on Sunday.
    A dinner at the Brownstown Elementary School raised funds for the Fayette County Extension Office and 4-H. It took many volunteers to pull off the dinner, and a large number of those workers were youths who are members of 4-H clubs in the county.

  • Ruffner leaps 5-5 to set new high jump record

    Senior Sierah Ruffner twice broke the school record in the high jump earlier this week.

    With a leap of 5 feet, 4 inches at Breese Central on Monday, Ruffner broke her old record of 5 feet, 3 inches.

    She bettered that by another inch at Roxana on Tuesday.

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    The Vandalia boys track team will take part in its first home track meet of the spring on Thursday.

    Patoka, St. Elmo and Altamont will be the other teams at the meet, which begins at 4 p.m.

  • Senior Spotlight: Connor Beasley

    ST. ELMO – High school athletes often joke about outlandish accomplishments that they would like to achieve.

    Not that breaking St. Elmo’s single-game strikeout record was an outlandish feat for senior Connor Beasley, but he still just laughed it off when it was suggested he should strike out 19 batters before Monday night’s game.

  • Rev. Becker has had a full life in 90 years

    When one walks into the Rev. Lawrence Becker’s apartment at Brookstone Estates, a unique and pretty scene greets them in the form of a painting on the wall.

  • Raising funds & enhancing lives

    At a spaghetti dinner held to raise funds for the Fayette County Extension Foundation, volunteers of all ages were serving patrons.
    That only makes sense because of the purpose of University of Illinois Extension.

  • Farina man charged with murder solitication

    A Farina man is being held in Fayette County Jail without bond for allegedly trying to have his wife killed.
    Mark G. Fulk, 35, was arrested last Friday on a charge of solitication for murder.
    The office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison has charged Fulk with solicitation of murder for hire, a Class X felony.
    In the information, Morrison’s office alleges that Fulk approached a man and offered to him cash, a motorcycle, auto shop and house as payment for killing his wife.

  • All but Ramsey OK electric aggregation

    Fayette County
    Yes-896
    No-894

    St. Elmo
    Yes-214
    No-170

    Vandalia
    Yes-699
    No-431

    Brownstown
    Yes-32
    No-31
    Ramsey
    Yes-72
    No-97
     

  • Gottman wins re-election; Myers wins in St. Elmo

    Ricky Gottman won a fourth term as Vandalia’s mayor, taking a little more than 58 percent of the vote in defeating challenger Brian J. Stout.

  • Unofficial Fayette County Vote Totals

    VANDALIA
    Mayor
    Ricky J. Gottman-739
    Brian J. Stout-531

    City Clerk
    Peggy Bowen-1,150

    Aldermen
    Ward I-Jerry Swarm-130
    Ward II-Dorothy Crawford-247
    Ward III-Mike Hobler-276
    Ward IV-John A. Lester-436

    ST. ELMO
    Mayor
    H.L. “Ernie” Myers-303
    Larry R. Tish-137
    Dennis R. Riley-4

    City Clerk
    Patricia L. Mathis-391

    City Treasurer
    Mary E. Magnus-398

    Aldermen