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Today's News

  • Church Briefs

    Salvation Army raises $15,200 in county

    The Salvation Army bell ringers in Fayette County raised a record-breaking $15,200 from their efforts during the Christmas holiday season. Last year, $15,022 was raised.
    The volunteers rang the bells for more than 210 hours at locations across Fayette County. Donations were collected from shoppers, who put money in the Salvation Army kettles.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Edith Elliott
    Donna Smith greeted guests with piano melodies from the past at Monday's Evergreen Outreach program. Among those songs were: "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean," "How Much Is That Doggie In the Window?" Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art."
    The Rev. Jim Fackler led the "Welcome" and "Evergreen" songs. He also recognized those who had birthdays: Sharon Maxwell, Patricia Pence, Susann Schumacher and Margaret Rogers.

  • Simeon's peace is available to all through Jesus

    But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5)
    The joy we celebrate at Christmas is for the arrival of the long-awaited Savior, Jesus in the flesh. In Luke, chapter two, Mary and Joseph are carrying the infant Jesus, who is 40 days old. Jesus, the savior of the world, makes his entrance into the temple in Jerusalem. It was time for Mary and Joseph to offer the required sacrifice for the first-born male.

  • VCSF is working to help Vandalia students

    Sharon LaDage retired from teaching approximately 10 years ago, but her interest, involvement and promotion in helping to provide a better education for young people has not waned; in fact, it has only intensified.

  • Gallatin Work Essentially Done

    Mayor Rick Gottman told the Vandalia City Council last week that the streetscape work on Gallatin Street between Seventh and Eighth streets is essentially complete.

    The latest improvements, including a new road surface, period lights, new sidewalks and new curbs and gutters, was funded solely with state grant funds. Fayette County paid for the lowering of the slope on the north entrance to the courthouse and jail parking lot.

  • 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.