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Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture of these four friends was taken about 30 years ago.

  • Vandalia had many inns and taverns

    In my spare time during the past several years, I have been working on a project to identify as many of Vandalia’s early taverns as I can. In those early days, a tavern was where you could find a place to sleep, and an inn, or grocery, was where you would find a dram of whiskey.

  • Being atop list of deficit states not a good spot

    As the fiscal year came to a close June 30, state financial officers issued their annual report on the state’s financial condition.
    It’s not a pretty picture.
    Though the report lags one year behind, it shows that the state is now in the worst financial condition of any state in the nation. As of June 30, 2011, our deficit of just under $44 billion easily topped runners up New Jersey ($34 billion) and California ($11 billion). The Land of Lincoln’s shortfall grew by 16.8 percent from the previous year, according to William Holland, auditor general.

  • Miss Fayette County Court

    Abigail Hill (seated), who was crowned the 2012 Miss County Fair queen on Monday, is shown with her court, which includes the winners of other pageants held at the fair.

  • Little Miss Fayette County Court

    Shelby Sasse (seated), who was crowned the 2012 Little Miss Fayette County Fair queen on Monday evening, is shown with her court.

    Standing, from left to right, are: Emma Smith, 2011 Little Miss Fayette County; Marisa Thomason (back), 2011 Miss Fayette County; Alexia Tate, first runner-up; Sarah Craig, 2012 Jr. Miss Fayette County; and Mattie Brown, second runner-up.

  • Jr. Miss Fayette County Court

    Sarah Craig (seated), who was crowned the 2012 Jr. Miss Fayette County Fair queen on Sunday evening, is shown with her court.

    Standing, from left, to right are: Candyce Stout, first runner-up; Marisa Thomason, 2011 Miss Fayette County Fair; Brooke Mayfield (back), 2011 Jr. Miss Fayette County Fair; Emma Smith, 2011 Little Miss Fayette County; and Cori Hipsher, second runner-up.

  • News Briefs


    VVFD holding fundraiser on Saturday

    The Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department will hold a fundraiser this Saturday evening at The Copper Penny, 125 S. Fourth St. Members of the VVFD will be working as guest waiters and bartenders, accepting tips and donations, beginning at about 5 p.m.
    Later in the evening, the VVFD will be giving away items and gift certificates donated by local businesses about every half hour. They are also holding a raffle for a 32-inch LCD HD television, with tickets being $10 each.

  • McDowell is first Mr. Fayette County Fair

    In the inaugural Mr. Fayette County Fair pageant, Brady McDowell of Brownstown won the title.

    Here, he is crowned by Marisa Thomason, the 2011 Miss Fayette County Fair queen, while the 2011 Little Miss Fayette County, Emma Smith, looks on.

  • Monday's shooting is termed a suicide

    Authorities now believe that a gunshot that killed a man in Shobonier on Monday was self-inflicted.
    A female contacted the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office on Monday afternoon, reported that someone had shot themself at a rural Shobonier residence.
    Shortly before 6 p.m., a county deputy found a man identified as Michael Brown, 27, of Henry, dead on the front steps of that residence.
    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen, who pronounced Brown dead at 6:18 p.m., reported that the longtime Vandalia area resident had sustained a gunshot wound to the head.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 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.
    ✔ The Fayette County Board will meet at 7 p.m. in the large courtroom at the Fayette County Courthouse.
    ✔ The Fayette County Fair continues. The grandstand attraction is C-Bar Rodeo at 7 p.m.
    Friday, July 13