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Today's News

  • Those who have served deserve our thanks

    You can either stand on the sidelines all of your life, questioning and complaining about the decisions made by those who represent us on local governmental entities. Or, you can choose to get involved, either though an election or by appointment, by serving on one of those entities.
    On Monday night, Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman honored several individuals who fall into the second category – Lisa McNutt, Larry Bennett, Bret Brosman and Larry Cable.

  • Boggs was a part of Civil War ironclads

    James A. Boggs stood before the judge of the Fayette County courts on Nov. 2, 1880, and, raising his right hand, renounced all fealty to Queen Victoria of Great Britain and solemnly swore that he would support the Constitution of the United States.
    Boggs, a native of Nova Scotia, stated that he had lived in the United States for 38 years and, in the fall of 1861, enlisted in the Army, serving his term aboard the gunboat Louisville on the Mississippi River.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:

    Charles Guy Sisson
    Alma
    Kathleen Marie Conklin
    Alma
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    Nathan Lee Gaffner Vandalia
    Jennifer Dawn Melton
    Vandalia
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    Michael Dane White
    Herrick
    Denise Lee Webster
    Vandalia
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    Aaron Lee Guffey
    Vandalia
    Brenda Lou Doehring
    Vandalia
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    Jeffrey Dale Burnam
    Vandalia
    Amanda Jo Dufaux

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-April 21

    • Michael D. Tucker, 44, Springfield, was arrested on April 19 for failure to appear in court on a charge of deceptive practices. Bond was $3,000.
    • William R. Wallace, 45, Granite City, was arrested on April 19 on a charge of escape and for failure to appear in court on a charge of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $150,000.
    • Robert E. Scrimpsher, 38, 1036 W. St. Louis Ave., Apt. 3, Vandalia, was arrested on April 18 for failure to appear in court on an ordinance violation charge. Bond was $1,000.

  • Community Calendar-April 21, 2011

    Thursday, April 21

    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Friday, April 22

  • Rhodes goes from the military to the Lord's army

    “We’re supposed to attack Satan where he’s at…That’s the only way I know how to do it, as a paratrooper would do, just jump in with both feet.”
    Rev. Carl Rhodes

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Sad Awakening On The Chicken Roost
    When I opened the gate to let the girls (hens) out early Wednesday morning, only Blackie and Anita came out. A look into the pen revealed Fuzzy stretched out on the ground near the fence, obviously gone.

  • Quick response to bomb threat at FCH

    A bomb threat to Fayette County Hospital on Friday afternoon resulted in the brief evacuation of all patients in the facility and FCH Long Term Care.

  • City thanks 4 outgoing aldermen

    Two weeks before welcoming their four new aldermen, Vandalia officials said goodbye to four individuals who served as aldermen for a combined 68 years.

  • Getting their heads together

    The only National Road Interpretive Center in Illinois moved one step closer to completion on Monday, with the unveiling of busts of four men who were instrumental in the construction of the only federally funded and federally built highway in the nation.