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Today's News

  • Forty years of music at old Seminary School

    Some folks gathered at the old Seminary School recently to celebrate 40 years of county music, dancing and just plain old fellowship and fun for the whole family – no age limit either way.

  • Cavaletto announces; could face incumbent Stephens

    State Rep. John Cavaletto made the rounds in Fayette County earlier this week, announcing that he will run in the new legislative district that includes this county.
    In his attempt to gain re-election, the Salem Republican may have to square off against a long-time legislator who currently represents this county.
    Cavaletto was in Fayette County Monday to announce that he will run in the new 107th District, and to “start building relationships” in this county.

  • Judge rules nurses must testify at murder trial

    The judge in the Clifford Baker murder trial has ruled that three employees at a medical center that treated Baker shortly before he murdered a neighbor couple must appear at trial.
    At a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court last Wednesday, Judge Michael McHaney denied a motion in which Baker’s attorneys ask to quash subpoenas issued to three registered nurses who are behavior health employees at Gateway Regional Medical Center.

  • Nadine Visits Brownstown

    "Nadine, the Church Lady," a popular character on the RFD TV show "Larry's Country Diner," brought her humor to Brownstown High School on Saturday evening for a performance sponsored by the Brownstown Branch Library.

  • A success in many ways

    When it took over the area recycling program, FAYCO Enterprises acknowledged that the success of the program would depend on the participation of local residents.
    As the one-year anniversary of program under FAYCO’s coordination nears, that success can be measured in a number of ways, including the manner in which it can serve its clients.
    “It’s going really, really well,” said Kim Taylor, director of finance and support at FAYCO, a sheltered workshop that has served area individuals with disabilities since the mid-1970s.

  • Hollmans impacted Vandalia, Galena

    Last month, my friend Rita and I spent a girls' get-away weekend in Galena.

  • Banks of the Okaw-June 30, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, pictured about 40 years ago, grew up in Vandalia.

  • The Way We Were-June 30, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Deliberating less than 50 minutes, a Christian County jury found 41-year-old Rocky Bennyhoff guilty of reckless homicide for his part in an October 1995 wreck that caused the deaths of 19-year-olds Leigh-Ann Metzger and Kelly Horton, both of Vandalia. A prosecution expert testified that his study showed Bennyhoff had about 24 beers prior to the accident.
    Carey Oldfield of Vandalia was crowned the 1996 Miss Fayette County Fair. Samantha Morrison won the Little Miss crown.

  • Happy Fourth of July!

    This weekend, our nation will pause to celebrate our freedom and independence. With fireworks, picnics and a day off work, we'll revel in the heritage that makes the American experience unique among nations.
    We'll have ceremonies that recall the lofty goals and sturdy faith that characterized our founding fathers. We'll have fireworks that parallel the spontaneous celebrations that erupted when the Declaration of Independence was inked.

  • Blagojevich verdict sends a message

    For too long, he thought he was the Teflon governor. He could do whatever was politically expedient, but nothing would stick.
    On Monday, Rod Blagojevich found out differently. It stuck all over him. He was convicted on 17 of 20 counts of miscellaneous corruption charges and undoubtedly will spend several years behind bars for his abuse of power and his attempts to use his public office for personal gain.