Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kevin L. Houser, 30, Newton, was arrested on March 5 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. No bond information was listed.
    • Jerry D. Alsbury, 20, RR 1, Vandalia, was arrested on March 5 on a charge of obstructing justice. Bond was $5,000, and he was transferred to Shelby County.
    • Cody R. Berry, 26, Springfield, was arrested on March 5 on a warrant on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. No bond information was listed.

  • Marriage Dissolutions

    The following marriage dissolutions have been recorded in the office of Fayette County Circuit Clerk Mary Sue Ruot:
    Dustin J. Pruett, Brownstown
    Lindsey J. Pruett, Vandalia

    Adam C. Warner, Brownstown
    Gracie M. Warner, Brownstown

    Timothy L. Burd, Mulberry Grove
    Janette A. Burd, Vandalia

    Ricki L. Beall, Vandalia
    Janet Y. Beall, Vandalia

    Josh Lofland, Vandalia
    Lora M. Lofland, Vandalia

    Christopher L. Rine, Vandalia

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 8

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The United Methodist Men will hold their annual pancake and sausage supper from 4-7 p.m. in Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church, 127 N. Fourth St., Vandalia. The proceeds will be used to support the United Methodist Men's projects.

  • Altamont man dies in Sunday morning wreck

    An Altamont man was killed in a one-vehicle accident east of St. Elmo early Sunday morning.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Matthew D. Manley, 20, was driving a Chevrolet east on U.S. Route 40, about two miles east of St. Elmo, when his vehicle left the roadway on the north side and struck an embankment.
    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen, who pronounced Manley dead at 4:38 a.m., said the vehicle came to rest in a creek bed.
    The St. Elmo Fire Department responded to the scene for extrication.

  • Time change is Sunday

    Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday

  • Courtney Taylor will speak at Lenten Luncheon next week

    Courtney Taylor, youth leader at the Northside Christian Church, will be the speaker at the third Lenten Luncheon next Wednesday at the St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Vandalia.

  • State pays city for VCC water service

    The city of Vandalia has been working a long time to see that the state of Illinois gets caught up on payments owed for water and sewer service provided to Vandalia Correctional Center.
    On Monday, City Clerk Peggy Bowen told the Vandalia City Council that that goal had been reached, thanks to state Sen. John O. Jones (R-Mt. Vernon).
    Bowen reminded aldermen on Monday that Jones had recently helped to get about $181,000 from the state, and that Jones pledged to stay on top of the matter.

  • Two have new meth charges

    Two individuals who are awaiting trials on methamphetamine charges were arrested last week on new meth charges.
    Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel last Friday filed information that charges Eric Hohlt and Angela M. Bone with three felony meth offenses.
    Both Hohlt and Bone have been charged with:
    • Participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, a Class X felony punishable by up to 40 years in prison.

  • CPR + AED = LIFE

    For 20 years, Scott Torbeck has rushed to aid others as a firefighter and emergency medical technician with the Patoka Fire Department.

  • HCE Unit Donates Tabs

    Irene Reed (left), a member of the Wright's Corner Unit of Fayette County Home and Community Education, was accompanied by her son, Larry, when donating 11 pounds of soda can tabs to the Vandalia McDonald's.

    Accepting the donation is McDonald's manager Jill Arndt. The club collects the tabs, which are used to support the Ronald McDonald House.