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Today's News

  • Wildlands Outdoor Equipment Ribbon Cutting

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last Friday at Wildlands Outdoor Equipment, which shares a storefront with D&S IT Solutions at 422 W. Gallatin St.

    Owned by Mat Hanabarger, center, the business sells camping and hiking equipment, plus military surplus items. 

  • D&S IT Solutions Ribbon Cutting

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last Friday at D&S IT Solutions.

    Located at 422 W. Gallatin St., the business offers sales, service, networking and repair for all Windows-based computers – laptops, desktops, tablets or servers. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The owners of the business are Nathan Dothager and Cody Scott, second from left and third from left.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These three young people from Vandalia are pictured in 1954.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – U.S. Rep. Dick Durbin (D-Springfield) held his first town meeting in Fayette County since picking up all of this county through a redrawing of congressional district boundaries. The town meeting drew about 50 people.
    H. Edward Smith, a former employee of the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA), visited with students of Vandalia Junior High School.
    Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Harner of rural St. Elmo were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan 23.

  • Names of Fayette County towns have story

    Nearly 20 years ago, I compiled a list of Fayette County towns, villages and neighborhoods. My main source for the list was back issues of "Fayette Facts," where, in addition to information on schools, churches and cemeteries for each township, various place names within the township were listed. Many of the villages have long since disappeared.

  • Openness at VCC helps public see challenges there

    For most area residents, the only view of the Vandalia Correctional Center is the one they get from driving past on Ill. Route 51.
    From that vantage point, they can see the fences, the buildings and the 1,500-acres of land on which the facility is located. They may occasionally observe inmates in the exercise area, when the weather allows. But those superficial glimpses are about the extent of the contact most residents have with the county’s largest employer.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • A 17-year-old Vandalia youth was arrested on Jan. 22 on a charge of burglary. No bond information was listed on the arrest log.
    • Richard G. Jacques, 47, 312 N. Oak St., Farina, was arrested on Jan. 21 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500, and he was released on a notice to appear in court.
    • Brian E. Mathrusse, 24, Roy, Utah, was arrested on Jan. 23 for failure to appear on a charge of possession of a stolen vehicle. Bond was $2,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 24

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey.
    ✔ 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.
    Sunday, January 27

  • FNB Gift to MG First Responders

    First National Bank in Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka, Mulberry Grove and Greenville recently started a program called "Jeans for Charity."

  • Historical Music

    In the Fayette County Museum's third Season of Events performance, Dennis Straoughmatt of Albion played traditional music on the fiddle.

    He also talked about French history in Illinois and Missouri. The Season of Events helped raised funds for renovation to the museum.