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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Sept. 25, 2011

    • Meghan R. Kessinger, 18, 204½ S. Broadway St., Herrick, was arrested on Sept. 27 on a charge of retail theft. Bond was $1,000.
    • Lisa B. Simmons, 45, 1210 W. Tower St., Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 26 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and improper lane usage. Bond was $3,000, and she was released at the order of the state’s attorney’s office.

  • Three local youths attend Rand's writing camp

    Madeline Cade, Audrey K. Myers and Hope Budny-Clymer are best friends and schoolmates at Fayette Christian Academy in Vandalia.

  • Festivals draw big crowds

    Good weather and a variety of activities during the Grande Levée and Corn Day attracted big crowds to downtown Vandalia throughout the day on Saturday.

  • Smoking trial is next week

    A jury trial is scheduled next week for the owners of a Vandalia bar who have been issued three tickets for allegedly allowing smoking in the bar.
    The trial for G&T Holdings will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Monday with the selection of jurors.
    Vandalia Police issued three tickets last August which allege that the Redwood Inn violated a city ordinance put on the books in January 2010.

  • Baker sentencing is Friday

    The Loogootee teen who was convicted last month of murdering a neighbor couple will be sentenced in Fayette County Circuit Court on Friday.
    Before the sentencing proceedings, however, attorneys for Clifford W. Baker will present arguments for setting aside the guilty verdicts or granting the 16-year-old a new trial.
    Baker was found guilty on Aug. 23 of two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of home invasion.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Sept. 29, 2011


    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo:
    These two young men are part of the VCHS class of 1966.

  • The Way We Were-Sept. 29, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council rejected proposed pay increases for the mayor, city clerk, city treasurer and aldermen, and also agreed to put the hiring of a director of community development “on the back burner.”
    Odie Washington, the director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, was the guest speaker at the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting.
    Vandalia defeated Hillsboro, 28-6, in varsity football play to remain undefeated and take over the conference lead.

  • More info on the blackberry patch conflict

    Many years ago, I read a story in "Fayette Facts" about two Fayette County women who got into a fight over a blackberry patch. It ended when one of the women pushed the other into an open well.
    From what I remembered, the local justice of the peace held court, fined the woman who did the pushing and then paid the fine for her.
    I have searched for this story off and on during the past several years, and finally gave up, figuring that I would stumble across it again one day.

  • Weather a big plus for the Grande Levée

    Probably the biggest advantage to holding the Grande Levée on Father’s Day weekend for more than four decades was that it was easy for both local residents and tourists to keep the event on their calendars.
    But the 42nd period celebration on the grounds of Illinois’ oldest capitol proved that moving the date is really not that big of a deal.
    This year’s Grande Levée is drawing rave reviews, mostly because of the weather.

  • Senior Spotlight: Lauren Wasmuth

    Drawing the daunting task of being Vandalia’s No. 1 singles player, senior Lauren Wasmuth was starting to get down on herself after recording zero wins through the first half of the season.