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Today's News

  • Shriner Newspaper Day

    Mayor Rick Gottman signed a proclamation declaring this Saturday as Shriners' Hospitals Newspaper Days Roadblock Day in Vandalia. With Gottman is Tim McMillan, president of the Old National Trail Shrine Club. This Saturday, local Shriners will be handing out newspapers telling the story of Shriners' Hospitals for Children and accepting donations.

  • Suicide prevention programs are set

    Dr. Elizabeth Ladin-Gross, a volunteer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will visit the South Central and Vandalia school districts next week.
    Ladin will speak to physical education students at SCHS throughout the day on Tuesday, will meet with faculty and staff after school and make a community/parent presentation from 6-7 p.m. in the SCHS gym.

  • Man acquitted at jury trial

    A Vandalia man charged with taking an exhaust fan from outside a downtown business was acquitted by a Fayette County jury earlier this week.
    After deliberating only a short time on Tuesday morning, the jury returned a not guilty verdict in the trial for Jeremiah R.L. Kenner.
    Kenner, 33, 318 N. Fifth St., was charged in March with theft more than $500. The charge alleged that Kenner stole an exhaust fan from outside Old Capitol View Restaurant and Lounge at 401 W. Gallatin St.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-OCt. 6

    • Scott P. White, 39, 106 S. Maple St., Mulberry Grove, was arrested on Oct. 4 for failure to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge and a small claims matter. Bond was $5,300.
    • Isa A. Abdur-Rahman, 37, Jamaica, N.Y., was arrested on Oct. 3 on charges of driving while his license is suspended and speeding. Bond was $1,500.
    • Marvin A. Rodriguez, 41, Castlerock, Colo., was arrested on Oct. 3 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calender-Oct. 6

    Thursday, October 6

    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Saturday, October 8

  • St. Elmo man pleads guilty in federal court

    Timothy Shellenbarger, 22, of St. Elmo, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court East St. Louis last Friday to selling a stolen firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, according to the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton. Each crime carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release after imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system.

  • Pumpkin Party

    Happy Hollow Farms, a pumpkin farm located south of St. Elmo, held a harvest festival featuring a variety of activities over the weekend.

    In the first photo, Stacia Braun takes a photo of daugher Sierra with a pumpkin that she had chosen; Kaelyn Braun looks on. In the second photo, Megan Koss paints a rosebud on the face of Tessa Manley.

  • O'Dell marks 50th anniversary in the ministry

    Rev. John O’Dell is observing his 50th year in the ministry next month.
    The two church families he pastors, Haley Chapel United Methodist and Mt. Carmel United Methodist, have survived through the generations, and have grown or sometimes diminished in number over the years, but the church doors are still open and life pulsing within to worship and serve the Lord.

  • Gallatin project ahead of schedule

    The final streetscape work on Gallatin Street in downtown Vandalia is progressing ahead of schedule.
    Mayor Rick Gottman reported at Monday’s city council meeting that curbs and gutters had been poured in the 700 block of West Gallatin Street, and that sidewalks were to be poured on Tuesday and Wednesday.
    Gottman also said that the new approach to the parking lot for the county courthouse and jail has been completed.
    By the end of the week, weather permitting, the new road surface would be poured, Gottman said.

  • Thomason wins federal lawsuit

    Just about two years after St. Elmo Mayor Larry Tish removed Ken Thomason from the city’s chief of police position, a federal jury ruled that Tish did so improperly.
    After deliberating for several hours, a jury in U.S. Southern District Court in East St. Louis ruled that Tish fired Thomason without giving him due process.
    In issuing its verdict, the jury awarded Thomason only $1, with that award covering such things as lost wages and anguish caused by the firing.
    The jury also ruled that the city must pay Thomason’s legal fees and court costs.