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Today's News

  • Man found guilty of sex crimes

    A St. Elmo man was convicted of sex crimes in a jury trial last week in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    The jury deliberated about 90 minutes before returning guilty verdicts against Jeremy Wayne McMillian.
    McMillian, 37, was found guilty of two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse (sexual conduct and sexual penetration) and one count of criminal sexual assault.
    All three counts allege that McMillian committed the offenses on or about Nov. 13, 2010.

  • County still struggling with finances

    “It’s the same old song and dance,” Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel said at Tuesday’s board meeting while talking about the county’s financial picture.
    The failure of the state to keep up with the payments owed to the county, Knebel said, continues to cause major problems.
    “You know that $355,000 that we set aside in the budget – we’re already into it,” Knebel said.

  • Former St. Elmo librarian arrested for theft

    More than six months after an Illinois State Police investigation into the financial records of the St. Elmo Public Library District, the district’s former librarian has been arrested for theft.
    Terri E. Gillespie, 51, of St. Elmo, turned herself at the Fayette County Jail on Saturday, two days after the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel filed theft charges against her.

  • Business Briefs

    Snider named FCH employee of month

    Brandy Snider, certified nurse aide, has been named employee of the month at Fayette County Hospital and Long Term Care.

  • Museum has two new displays

    New exhibits are on display at the Fayette County Museum.
    One display case features Fayette County advertising calendars from 1890-1964. Paper, die-cut and two calendar plates are included.
    Ramsey is represented by two unique calendars from Lindhorst’s Mammoth Store in 1914; J. B. Green & Son in 1903, 1904, 1908 and 1909; and Ramsey National Bank in 1917.
    Brownstown is represented by calendars from D.O. Pitcher in 1912 and 1913, and from Griffith Bros. and Co. in 1939.
    The Civil War is featured in the other two special cases.

  • Dragon puts Vandalia on the map

    The fire-breathing dragon, which for the past decade has faithfully kept watch over Kaskaskia Supply & Rental in Vandalia, recently caught the fancy of a national organization that promotes what it describes  as "odd, hilarious and offbeat" tourist attractions.

  • State Quitline offers help with smoking cessation

    The Fayette County Health Department is recommending assistance for individuals who are trying to quit smoking as a New Year's resolution.
    Those who are trying to call the Tobacco Quitline, 1-866-QUIT-YES.
    Sonsored by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the American Lung Association, the Tobacco Quitline is offered free of charge.
    Those who are trying to quit smoking receive support through the Quitline, and they can learn whether they are eligible to receive free nicotene replacement patches through the Fayette County Health Department.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Shirley J. Johnston, 39, 2311 W. St. Clair St., Vandalia, turned herself in on Jan. 12 on a warrant for failure to appear in court in small claims and ordinance violation cases. Bond was $350 cash.
    • Shawn M. Keith, 26, 409 S. Moreland St., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 9 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.
    • Ted E. Hanner, 36, Bunker Hill, was arrested on Jan. 9 for failure to appear in court on a charge of felony driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $30,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 12

    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, January 14
    ✔ The Spirit, Soul and Body Fit Club will meet from 10-11 a.m. at Family YMCA of Fayette County on Rock Island Avenue in Vandalia. There is no membership fee.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken about 35 years ago, shows three siblings who live in the area and went to Vandalia High School.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No photo.
    This week’s Scrambler: eht tager tra fo renigvong sticsons fo otn geltnit emn worg dol ni rehti sjbo.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, please call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.