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Today's News

  • Former St. Elmo librarian pleads not guilty to theft

    The former director of the St. Elmo Library District who has been charged with embezzling funds from the district has pleaded not guilty.
    Terri E. Gillespie, 51, of St. Elmo, entered the plea on Monday while making her first appearance with an attorney in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    Gillespie, who is being represented by D. Peter Wise of Springfield, waived her right for a preliminary hearing. Her trial has tentatively been set to begin at the end of April.
    Gillespie was charged with two counts of felony theft on Jan. 5.

  • Thomason being deployed with National Guard firefighters unit

    A local man who acquired firefighting skills while a member of the Brownstown Fire Department will be putting those skills to use in Afghanistan.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, February 9

    ✔ A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at noon at All About You Day Spa, 522 W. Gallatin St., Vandalia
    ✔ 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.
    Friday, February 10

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:
    Charles Timothy Henna
    Vandalia
    Barbara Jeanne Yount
    Vandalia
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    Allen Frederick Magnus
    St. Peter
    Delores Sue Devore
    Centralia
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    Dalton Eugene Hanna
    Vandalia
    Heather Elizabeth Russell
    Vandalia
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    Lowell Wayne Chatham
    Ramsey
    Barbara Lea Logsdon
    Ramsey
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    Terry Scott Kimberlin

  • Soil and water seminar is Feb. 16

    Soil, water, and air interactions will be the focus of a soil and water management seminar sponsored by University of Illinois Extension on Feb. 16.
    The workshop will be held at the Effingham County Extension office at 1209 Wenthe Drive in Effingham.  Presentations will be delivered via PowerPoint and webconferencing from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Christopher L. Gordon, 23, Shelbyville, was arrested on Feb. 7 on a charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse (two counts). Bond was $75,000.
    • Gregory L. Carroll, 23, Oak Grove Trailer Park, Lot 17, Brownstown, was arrested on Feb. 7 on a charge of obstructing justice. He was released at the order of the state’s attorney’s office.
    • Curtis D. Schwarm, 36, 416 Agnes St., Brownstown, was arrested on Feb. 6 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $1,000.

  • Lady Vandals advance in regional tournament

    TEUTOPOLIS - Senior Haley Wollerman and junior Amber Bruno combined to score 49 points on Monday night during Vandalia's 65-32 win against Casey-Westfield in the first round of the Teutopolis regional tournament.

    Both players, along with sophomore Morgan Cripe, also advanced to the next round of the 3-point shootout, which will start at about 5:23 p.m. on Tuesday. At 6 p.m., the No. 4 Lady Vandals will battle top-seeded Marshall

  • Girls basketball teams begin regional play on Monday

    The Illinois High School Association girls basketball playoffs begin on Monday.

    Vandalia, a fourth seed, will open play at the Teutopolis regional at 6 p.m., with a game against No. 5 Casey-Westfield. The winner will meet top-seeded Marshall on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

    Meanwhile, at North Clay, (4) Brownstown and (5) South Central will battle at 6 p.m. The winner of that game will meet top-seeded Red Hill on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

    Last Friday, Brownstown beat South Central, 46-31.

  • Vandal wrestlers win 18th straight regional championship

    TOLEDO - On the strength of six first-place finishes, the Vandalia wrestling team won the Cumberland Regional Tournament, tallying a team score of 202 while securing its 18th straight team title.

    Freshmen Ryne Lipsey (106) and Dalton Blankenship (132); sophomore C.J. Runkel (138); and seniors Daniel Edwards (152), Dayin Godberson (182) and Levi Ulmer (195) each took first-place honors.

    Junior Seth Purcell (145) and senior Anthony Fladeland (285) placed second, while junior Tyler Dagen (126) took third.

  • Births

    Joslyn Dean Stephens
    Stephanie and Jade Stephens are the parents of a girl born at 10:59 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2011, at Fort Hood, Texas.