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Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia Cham-ber of Commerce presented Abe Awards to Louise Low and Dr. Kevin Childers to recognize their service to the community. The chamber also presented a special award to the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department for 100-plus years of service to Vandalia.
    The city of Vandalia began working to get rid of the odor emanating from the city's sewage treatment plant.

  • Lincoln Victory Ball is on Feb. 11

     On Feb. 11, 1861, president-elect Abraham Lincoln left Springfield for Washington, D.C., for his inauguration. On the same day, Jefferson Davis left his home in Vicksburg, Miss., for Montgomery, Ala., to accept the presidency of the Confederate states.

  • The Next Level: College athlete roundup (Feb. 2)

    Many athletes that spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who played recently.

    Jessica Earnest • Junior • Vanderbilt University

  • Clymer, Ashdown worthy of awards

    As usual, the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce has identified two individuals worthy of recognition as it selected its 2012 Abe Award recipients. They were presented their awards last Thursday at the chamber’s annual banquet.
    Honored this year in the non-chamber-member category was retired Vandalia businessman Abe Clymer. For the chamber-member award, YMCA executive director John Ashdown was selected. Both have made significant contributions to the community and are deserving of the award.

  • Brownstown cheerleaders are state-bound

    The Brownstown High School cheerleading squad qualified for the Illinois High School Association state competition, which will be held on Friday and Saturday in Bloomington.

    In addition, the Lady Bombers qualified for the Illinois Cheerleading Coaches Association Championships, which will be held on Feb. 11 in Springfield.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Michael E. Wehrle, 58, 2407 Whitler Lane, Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 31 on a charge of unlawful use of a weapon. Bond was $1,000.
    • A 15-year-old youth was arrested on Jan. 29 on a charge of aggravated battery. The youth was transferred to another county.
    • A 15-year-old youth was arrested on Jan. 28 on a charge of battery. No further information was given.
    • Mikel R. Jahraus, 61, RR 1, Farina, was arrested on Jan. 27 on a charge of unlawful use of a weapon. Bond was $1,000.

  • Marriage Dissolutions

    The following dissolutions of marriage were filed in the office of Fayette County Circuit Clerk Mary Sue Ruot:
    December
    Bryan E. Manley, Taylorville
    Maurica A. Manley, Ramsey

    James D. Smock, Vandalia
    Beverly J. Smock, Vandalia

    Keith R. Perkins, Vandalia
    Latoyia T. McSwine, Bensenville

    H’Aron D. Denton, Vandalia
    Candace G. Denton, Vandalia

    Vernon L. Hall, Vandalia
    Melissa D. Hall, Pana

    Bryan D. Lange, Alma

  • Calendar

    Thursday, February 2

    ✔ 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, February 4

  • Volleyball Club Wins Tourney

    The Vandalia Vertical 15's volleyball club went undefeated to place first in its division at a 16's tournament in Champaign in January.

  • Texas man killed in I-70 accident on Monday

    A Texas man was killed in an accident early Monday morning on Interstate 70 in eastern Fayette County.
    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said that James Tinsley II of El Paso sustained fatal injuries when struck by a tractor-trailer shortly before daylight.
    According to the Illinois State Police, a tractor-trailer driven by Tinsley was involved in a crash, which Bowen said resulted in his lights being disabled.