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Today's News

  • '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.

  • Make your pet our Pet of the Week

    Make your pet our Pet of the Week. Go to the Pet of the Week on our homepage, click on the More button, then click on Nominate Your Pet.

  • Many played a role in Edgar becoming a priest

    Zachary Edgar, a life-long member of Mother of Dolors Catholic Church in Vandalia, is an ordained deacon and is looking forward to May 2012, when he will become an ordained priest.

  • Murder trial stays here

    After initially appearing to lean toward moving Clifford Baker’s murder trial to another county, the judge in that case has decided it will stay in Fayette County.
    One day after taking under advisement a renewed motion by Baker’s attorneys to move the trial for the Loogootee teen, Judge Michael McHaney denied that motion.
    Baker is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly fatally shooting Mike Mahon, 60, and Deb Tish, 53, in their Loogootee home in the early morning hours of Aug. 4, 2010.