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Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw-June 9, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two guys are cousins.

  • The Way We Were-June 9, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Jeff and Jennifer Hester of Vandalia were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. The Rev. Reinhold and Mary Dierks were also celebrating their silver anniversary.
    Albert and Violet Johnstone of rural Mulberry Grove were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
    Fayette County Sheriff Michael D. Kleinik gave support for a new juvenile detention center in Southern Illinois.

  • Massacre to be remembered

    Early in 1811, the Indians still made annual visits to Fayette and Bond counties for hunting.

  • 'A Finer Spirit' needs to continue

    We all know the old saying, “You don’t know what you’ve got 'till it’s gone.”
    Such is the case with the Vandalia Main Street Program.
    Also appropriate at this time would be the saying, “Look at all that we wouldn’t have had without it.”
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that the local Main Street program would be dissolved at the end of this month.

  • Fayette County Relay for Life
  • First three Idol finalists are picked on Saturday

    The first three finalists have been chosen for the “Vandalia Idol” contest sponsored by Soroptimist International of Vandalia.

  • Tools for School fundraising under way

    Tools for School, a program for Fayette County in need students to select school supplies is beginning its work for 2011 with a fundraising campaign.
    Last year, nearly 700 school children, kindergarten through high school, were served by the Tools for School program.
    Monetary donations received from businesses, churches, organizations and individuals are used to purchase notebooks, paper, pens, crayons and other supplies noted on the Fayette County School supply lists.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, June 9

    ✔ The Summer Lunches for Kids program is under way. The lunches are available from 11-11:30 a.m. every Monday and Thursday through Aug. 18 at the American Legion Home and in Rogier Park in Vandalia, at the township building in Shobonier and at the township garage in Vera.
    ✔ 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.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-June 9, 2011

    • Lynette R. Howland, 39, Granite City, was arrested on June 7 for failure to appear in court on a charge of possession of a methamphetamine precursor. Bond was $10,000.
    • Sherill A. Durham, 23, 410 E. Madison St., Farina, was arrested on June 7 for failure to appear in Effingham County court on a small claims matter. Bond was $200, and she was transferred to Effingham County.
    • Lisa R. Jordan, 47, RR 1, Shobonier, was arrested on June 5 on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.

  • Bennyhoff gets three years in prison for aggravated DUI

    A rural Farina man who served a prison sentence for a drunk-driving wreck in 1995 that killed two people was sent back to prison last week for another drunk-driving conviction.
    Rocky Bennyhoff, 56, was given a three-year prison term through a plea agreement approved by Judge Allan Lolie of Shelbyville last Wednesday in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    Bennyhoff pleaded guilty to aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and Lolie agreed to delay the start of the prison term until Sept. 1.