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Today's News

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:
    Lawrence Arthur McFall Jr.
    Brownstown
    Karen Elaine Cochran
    Brownstown
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    Adam Jerome Hoover
    Mulberry Grove
    Mary Lavonne Turner
    Ramsey
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    Adam James Turner
    Vandalia
    Jaci Dawn Marie Tinker
    Vandalia
     

  • News Briefs

    Relay for Life event participants sought

    Organizers of an event to benefit Fayette County Relay for Life are looking for participants to the event.
    Local crafters, woodworkers, jewelry makers, artists, quilters, pottery makers, toy collectors and makers of various handmade items are being invited to set up booths for the event, to be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Vandalia Eagles Club.
    The event will include various concessions, a 50/50 drawing and silent auction.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Logan A. Cook, 20, Shobonier, was arrested on Nov. 18 on a charge of aggravated battery. No bond information was listed.
    • Eric T. Dunn, 29, Mason, was arrested on Nov. 18 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Jeremy R. Lippert, 20, Salem, was arrested on Nov. 18 on a charge of retail theft and on a warrant for failure to appear in court. Bond was $5,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, November 22

    THANKSGIVING
    ✔ The Vandalia Ministerial Alliance will hold its sixth annual Community Thanksgiving Meal at the American Legion Home in Vandalia, with serving from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. There is no charge, and reservations are not required.
    Saturday, November 24

    ✔ The Vandalia Moose Lodge will hold its annual pancake and sausage breakfast from 6 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Moose Lodge. The cost for the all-you-can eat meal is $5 per person. Carry-outs will be available.

  • LeDuc family has much to be thankful for

    The Rev. Pete and Pam LeDuc and their daughter, Aimee, will offer special thanks this year as they gather together with the rest of their family around the table.

  • School district keeping close eye on spending

    In an abbreviated 40-minute meeting, the Vandalia School Board on Monday handled a light agenda of business and heard reports from building principals about end-of-semester events scheduled before the semester break.
    Superintendent Rich Well also gave a report on the district’s financial condition.

  • Man convicted of sex offense asking to withdraw plea

    Saying that he was threatened into pleading guilty to a sex offense last month, a Brownstown man now wants to withdraw that plea.
    Lloyd W. Merkley, 62, pleaded guilty at the end of October to a charge of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.
    Through a plea agreement, Merkley agreed to a 10-year prison sentence. A Class X felony, predatory criminal sexual assault is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
    Under Illinois law, Merkley would be required to serve at least 85 percent of the 10-year sentence.

  • Chain buying FS Travel Center

    The Vandalia City Council took action on Monday that supports a Midwestern chain’s acquisition of a local travel center.

  • Senior Spotlight: RaeChelle Leiken

    For the Lady Vandals, it’s a good thing that first impressions don’t always last.

    “At first, I thought I hated them,” said senior RaeChelle Leiken of her teammates. “They were funny from the get-go – that’s not a lie – but it’s funnier to just say that I hated them.”

    Leiken wasn’t sure what to think of the unique personality that engulfs Vandalia’s volleyball team when she moved here from Oregon the summer before her junior year.

  • Cripe's absence felt in season-opener

    LITCHFIELD – Junior Morgan Cripe did not play due to illness, and a reshuffled rotation did what it could in the post in the Lady Vandals’ season-opener on Monday.

    But Nokomis' sophomore  center Ashley Schneider scored 30 points against the undersized Lady Vandals, and Vandalia committed 25 turnovers in a 65-47 loss at the Litchfield Thanksgiving Tournament.