Today's News

  • P.G. Donaldson was county storyteller

    I enjoy reading first-hand accounts of what life was like for early Fayette County settlers.
    Presley Garner Donaldson, who was born in Hurricane Township in 1839, is one of my favorite Fayette County storytellers. P.G., as he was called, self-published his down-home stories in 1908 under the title, “Life and Adventures of P.G. Donaldson.” The book was printed at the Jewett Printery in Cowden.
    Following is one of his tales.

  • Drought shows our connections

    It’s no secret that Fayette County will be severely impacted by this summer’s drought.
    Corn yields are estimated to be only one-third of the norm, and soybeans will generate about two-thirds of an average crop.
    Last week’s crop survey, conducted by the Fayette County Farm Bureau, predicted an average corn yield of 41.65 bushels per acre, significantly below last year’s county average of 149.69 bushels per acre. And soybeans are projected to yield 21.49 bushels per acre, down from last year’s harvest of 32.48 bushels per acre.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses were issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    Dennis Wayne Smail
    Bernie Theresa Griswold
    Kevin Duane Whitten
    Staci Gayle Sieben
    Rodney Alan Hunt
    Brenda Czerwonka Ludwig
    Kenneth Austin Taylor
    Kayla Mae Long
    Ryan Lynn Reeter
    Tamyra Lynn Mars

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Curtis W. Smith, 42, 421 Cherokee  Strip, Brownstown, was arrested on Aug. 13 on charges of driving while his license is suspended, improper lane usage, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was $1,500.
    • Paul L. Gilkeson, 44, Charleston, was arrested on Aug. 13 for failure to appear in court on a charge of possession of 2.5-10 grams of cannabis. Bond was $7,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 16

    ✔ 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.

  • Florida man guilty of cannabis trafficking

    A Florida man faces up to 60 years in prison after being convicted of felony cannabis trafficking charges in Fayette County Circuit Court earlier this month.
    A Fayette County jury deliberated only 80 minutes before returning two guilty verdicts in the trial for Luiz M. Diaz Guillen.
    Guillen was found guilty of possessing more than 5,000 grams of cannabis with the intent to deliver and cannabis trafficking, with Fayette County Assistant State’s Attorney Matt Chancey serving as the prosecutor in the case.

  • News Briefs

    City OKs bids for properties

    Meeting in special session on Monday night, the Vandalia City Council accepted bids on two city-owned tracts of land in the city's western Interstate 70 interchange.
    Rick Cripe was the only bidder for 3.104 acres of land, with a bid of $31,500. Cripe submitted with his bid the required 10-percent down payment of $3,150.

  • Second Ford show at lake is next weekend

    Organizers are gearing up for the second annual regional Ford show at the Vandalia Lake campground next weekend.

  • VCHS Band Camp

    The Vandalia Community High School band prepared for the upcoming marching season with a camp last week.

    First Kendall Leander. Second: Karlie Brimberry. Third: Eli Bowen. Fourth: Johanna Walton.

  • KC LPN Pinning Ceremony

    A pinning ceremony for new Licensed Practical Nursing graduates was held on July 17 at Kaskaskia College’s Jane Knight Auditorium.