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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Nathan D. Livingood, 24, Bethany, was arrested on Dec. 6 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence. Bond was $3,500.
    • David J. Ruholl, 28, Charleston, was arrested on Dec. 6 for failure to appear in court in Fayette and Coles counties. Bond was $500 cash.
    • Stoney W. Lewis, 18, 507 W. Orchards St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 5 on a charge of aggravated domestic battery. He was released at the order of the state’s attorney’s office.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, December 8

    ✔ 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 Vandalia Junior High School winter band concert will be held at 7 p.m. at the school.
    Saturday, December 10

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Star, the Little White Dove…
    …has decorated her cage for Christmas with greenery, red ribbon and her stocking.
    The falling snow flakes Monday really seemed to usher in the season. The Brownstown village workers have put up the Christmas decorations, and they light the streets prettily.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Dec. 7
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education Christmas party, 11 a.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Members are to take items for the Caring and Sharing boxes.
    • St. James Hornets 4-H Club, 7 p.m., Christmas party. Those attending are to take an item for the Caring and Sharing, a gift for a gift exchange and finger food.
    Thursday, Dec. 8

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Visitors
    Mahala Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Nathan Jacquin of Washington, Mo., spent the weekend with Mahala’s parents Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    On Saturday, Mahala went to Stewardson to pick up her Dalmatian puppy, Norman.
    Marriage
    Tony Farthing of Salem and Julie Roberts of Salem were married on Saturday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
    Tony is the son of Arnold and Shirley Farthing of Salem, and Julie is the daughter of John and Sue Roberts of Farina.
    St. Peter Church

  • Santa Comes to Town

    Santa Claus arrived in town on Saturday to participate in the Vandalia Rotary Club's Christmas Parade.

    In the first photo, Laura Carter makes sure that 3-year-old Addison Keeling sees Santa coming down Gallatin Street. In the second photo, Kaitlynn Warner, age 2, visits with Jolly Old St. Nick in the gazebo in Lincoln Park after the parade.
     

  • 'Sew Right Sisters' new on Gallatin

    As one drives or walks through downtown Vandalia, one notices changes have been, and are being, made. Vehicles are parked along both sides of the streets, and people can be seen walking along, carrying shopping bags with their purchases.

    Several new shops have opened with various services, and the businesses that have persevered the lagging economy, large competition and out-of-town shopping have faithfully stayed in downtown Vandalia.

  • Only one race in primary

    Barring any write-in candidates, Fayette County’s primary election will feature only one race.
    That race will be in Fayette County Board District 6, where incumbent Glenn L. Gurtner of rural Brownstown is being challenged by Bryce Kistler of rural Vandalia.
    The filing period for the primary election, which will be held on March 20, ended on Monday afternoon in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun, the county’s election official.
    Those filing for the primary election include:
    Circuit Clerk

  • Smoking trial ends with three guilty verdicts, maximum fines

    The first legal test in court of a city ordinance banning smoking in Vandalia bars ended with convictions.
    A six-person jury deliberated only about 30 minutes before ruling that three violations of the smoking ordinance occurred at the Redwood Inn in August 2010.
    That jury also returned a maximum fine of $500 plus court costs for each offense. Court costs in the case total $837.50. Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm presided over the trial.

  • New city levy has slight increase

    With comment limited to the reading of a prepared statement by one alderman, the Vandalia City Council approved a new tax levy with a slight increase.
    The council unanimously approved a tax levy for the new fiscal year that accounts for an increased obligation to the city’s police pension fund.
    The new levy includes an increase of a little more than $5,000 for that pension fund, and has a total of $620,038, which is .82-percent higher than the 2010 tax levy extension.