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Today's News

  • Remembering Victims of 9/11

    Ray Karnes, left, and John McWhorter of the St. Elmo Fire Department conduct a memorial bell-tolling ceremony during the program held on Sunday by the St. Elmo Ministerial Alliance to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

    Other photos from the program are in a photo slide show to be added to our website this week.

  • County faced with big budget deficit

    As the time to finalize a budget for the upcoming fiscal year draws near, Fayette County Board members will be faced with some tough decisions.
    That’s the message that the chairman of the board, Steve Knebel, delivered to board members on Tuesday evening.
    “Right now, we’re looking at $639,000-plus the wrong way,” Knebel said, talking about the deficit with the new budget at this point in time.
    “It’s ugly, real ugly,” Knebel said.

  • 'Very unfair & a bit cruel'

    Though local officials have since learned that Vandalia Correctional Center is not on Gov. Pat Quinn’s short list of state facilities targeted for closure, State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) said at last Wednesday’s monthly meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce that the governor’s tactics of naming those facilities is “very unfair and a bit cruel” to employees and their families.

  • City makes a big dent in deficit

    The city of Vandalia’s latest audit shows a budget deficit, but one that’s considerably smaller than the start of that budget year.
    In fact, the local CPA whose firm performed the audit called that deficit “good news.”
    It’s good news, Dale Timmermann said, when you put the deficit in perspective.
     “When you started out (in April 2010), I think the budget deficit was about $600,000,” Timmermann said.

  • Food, shelter meeting set

    Fayette County has been chosen to receive funding to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
    The selection was made by the national board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities and United Way of America.
    The local board is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the county.

  • Marriage Licenses

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

    Jacob Vernon Dilley
    Centralia
    Christina Marie Steber
    Centralia
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    Tommy Lee Ray Stockton
    St. Elmo
    Jeanne Lee Rhodes
    St. Elmo
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    Rodney Eugene Wright
    Ramsey
    Karen Lea Hemingway
    Ramsey
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    Mitchell Lee Cole
    Fowler
    Ashley Renee Hagemeier
    Morrisonville

    Matthew Tyler Adermann

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Sept. 15, 2011

    • Nathan D. Livingood, 23, Bethany, was arrested on Sept. 13 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,500.
    • Michael S. Alsbury, 41, 206 N. Poplar St., Farina, was arrested on Sept. 13 on a charge of possessing more than 30 grams of cannabis. No bond amount was listed.
    • Amber D. Blair, 24, and Kelly D. Blair, 24, both of 206 N. Poplar St., Farina, were arrested on Sept. 13 on charges of possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond for each was $1,000.

  • Community Calendar-SEpt. 15, 2011

    Thursday, September 15

    ✔ 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.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Sept. 15, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photos: These two members of the class of VCHS class of 1966 will be holding their reunion soon.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – More than 150 Vandalia Community High School students and faculty members gathered outside for prayer as “See You at the Pole” was observed nationwide.
    Louie and Josephine Franklin of Ramsey were observing their 50th wedding anniversary.
    A crew from NBC-TV was in Vandalia to interview local residents on such things as the economy, politics and the status of the country in general. The product was to be aired during the network news.