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Today's News

  • Wet weather stalls planting

    For the second week in a row, cool temperatures, moist conditions and heavy rains have kept seeding and other field activities on hold across the state.
    A few areas were able to get out into the field on Sunday evening. The statewide average temperature was 1.2 degrees below normal, at 55.4 degrees.
    Average precipitation for the state was 2.34 inches. The norm for the time period is 0.9 inches. Saturated fields and flooding have been a problem at some locations, especially along the Illinois and Mississippi rivers.  

  • Cicadas ready to emerge after 13-year absence

    For the past 13 years, cicada nymphs have been underground, feeding on tree and shrub roots, but according to University of Illinois entomologist James Appleby, they will be emerging very soon, and when they do, you’ll know it because you’ll hear them singing.

  • Flooding continues

    Area farmers are feeling the impact of an exceptionally wet spring, This field, located southeast of Vandalia along U.S. Route 51, remains flooded, even though the Kaskaskia River level is finally dropping. The wet conditions are causing farmers to consider switching to late-season corn hybrids, or possibly planting soybeans instead of corn.

  • Soroptimists to hold Vandalia Idol contest

    “American Idol” is one of the most-watched talent searches in the country, and a local organization will be providing a similar talent search to Vandalia.
    Soroptimist International of Vandalia, a local club of the world-wide organization, is a group of professional woman that support the cause of women and girls in our community.
    The work by members include the "Food for Thought" program at OUR PLACE Youth Center and filling the big flower pots in front of businesses around town.

  • News Briefs

    Saturday is pageant call-in day

    This Saturday is the call-in day to sign up for this year's pageants at the Fayette County Fair.
    To be a Little Miss contestant, girls must be Fayette County residents ages 5-7 as of July 11. To enter a girl in the pageant, call 427-3762, beginning at 9 a.m. The first 20 contestants will be accepted; no early calls will be accepted.

  • REMINDER – It's Cleanup Week in Vandalia

    Vandalia residents who are customers of Doty Sanitation will have the opportunity to get rid of unwanted items this week during the city’s annual Cleanup Week.
    The unwanted items are to be placed alongside regular trash on residents’ normal trash pickup days.
    Residents wishing to get rid of old appliances and other large items are not required to call city hall. They need only to place those large items out with their regular trash. City workers will be following Doty Sanitation crews during Cleanup Week and picking up large items set out by residents.

  • St. Elmo man arrested for home invasion

    A rural St. Elmo man has been charged with two counts of felony home invasion following an incident in St. Elmo.
    Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel filed home invasion charges against Robert W. Elder, 42, on Tuesday.
    Earlier that day, Elder was arrested on preliminary tickets alleging that he committed the offenses of home invasion, domestic battery, aggravated battery and endangering the life of a child.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-May 5, 2011

    • William R. Raleigh, 40, 1129 W. Randolph St., Vandalia, was arrested on May 1 on a charge of delivery of drugs or possession with the intent to deliver. Bond was $1,000.
    • Jeffrey A. Beck, 38, 700 S. Thompson St., Ramsey, was arrested on May 1 for failure to appear in Vermillion County court. Bond was $826 cash.
    • Michael T. Whitten, 40, RR 3, Vandalia, was arrested on May 1 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and improper lane usage. Bond was $3,000.

  • Fire destroys Bluff City home, injures one occupant

    A fire early Tuesday morning destroyed a home south of Bluff City and caused injuries to one of its occupants.

  • Community Calendar-May 5, 2011

    Thursday, May 5

    ✔ 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.