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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Stacie J. Willis, 42, 633 S. Front St., Ramsey, was arrested on Sept. 19 on charges of forgery and theft less than $500. She was released at the order of the state’s attorney’s office.
    • Veronica S. Taylor, 36, Effingham, was arrested on Sept. 19 on charges of driving while her license is suspended or revoked and speeding. Bond was $1,500.
    • Eric M. Sidwell, 20, 211 S. College St., Brownstown, was arrested on Sept. 19 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $5,000.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, September 22

    ✔ 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.
    Friday, September 23

    ✔ The 42nd annual Grande Levée gets under way on the Vandalia Statehouse grounds. Schedule information appears on pages 1 and 16.

  • White offers reminders about child safety seats

    Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White encouraged parents and caregivers to make sure children are properly secured in appropriate child safety seats, including booster seats, as studies show the vast majority are improperly installed.
    White made the announcement during National Child Passenger Safety Week.

  • Fayette County announces tax sale

    Fayette County, as trustee, has completed its tax deed proceedings on real estate properties that were delinquent for 2007 and mobile homes that were delinquent for 2008 and prior real estate taxes.
    The county will now offer for sale the real estate and mobile homes obtained to the public. They will offer approximately 13 real estate items and two mobile home items through a sealed bid auction sale.

  • City Honors Blackerby for service to DARE Program

    Mayor Rick Gottman, left, and Police Chief Larry Eason, right, represented the city in recognizing Vandalia Police Department officer Rob Blackerby for his nine years of service as the city's DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer. The city recently decided to discontinue the DARE program as part of its spending cutbacks.

  • Marriage License

    The following marriage license was issued recently by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:

    Donald Ray VanHoose III
    Mulberry Grove
    Chastity Hope Capshew
    Mulberry Grove
    There was an error in the printing of this marriage license in last week's issue.
    We apologize for the error.

  • News Briefs

    Wilkerson family benefit is Sunday
     A benefit for the Brad Wilkerson family will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Vandalia Moose Lodge. Brad and Angela (Donder) Wilkerson and their children lost their home and possessions in a fire recently.
    The benefit will include music by "Substance" and multiple gun raffles. A meal will be available, with the cost being $7 for adults and $4 for children age 10 and under; children under 5 will be served free of charge.

  • Senior Spotlight: Patrick Bauer

    Some 80 pounds trimmer and with the physical benefits of 11 weeks of National Guard training packed into his new frame, Vandalia senior Patrick Bauer feels like a new man.

    Weighing as much as 250 pounds during his junior soccer season, Bauer knew something needed to change, and joining the National Guard and thinking about his family history was enough motivation for him.

  • The Way We Were-Sept. 15, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Kelly McGinnis, a Greenville man being sought for the murder of Greenville attorney,  Tom Meyer, fled from authorities after an unsuccessful attempt to enter the offices of LeFevre, Zeman, Oldfield & Lawinger.
    Megan Schukar was crowned homecoming queen at Vandalia Community High School. Foreign exchange student Bogdan Leshchinskiy was crowned king.
    Former Vandalia Community High School principal, teacher and coach Bob McAllister, died after a battle with cancer.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Sept. 22, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photos: These two young people were members of the Class of 1961.