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Today's News

  • Verizon store officially opens

    After being quietly open since late March, the Verizon Wireless store in Vandalia officially opened its doors on May 12 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house.

  • Marriage Licenses-May 26, 2011

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    Christopher Lee Scholes
    Nokomis
    Stacy Nicole Reed
    Nokomis
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    Gary Lee Eller
    Ramsey
    Samantha Diane Smith
    Ramsey
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    Larry Donald Weischedel
    Vandalia
    Melissa Jean Maroon
    Vandalia
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    Richard Lynn Jay
    Vandalia
    Clara Mae Cox
    Vandalia
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    Ivan Black Jr.
    Beecher City
    Shannon Jeanette Thompson

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-May 26, 2011

    • Michael E. Tessman, 54, 2207 Angie Drive, Vandalia, was arrested on May 24 on a charge of driving under the influence, and on an Effingham County small claims warrant. Bond was $3,100.
    • Kayla M. Hovis, 20, 318 N. Fifth St., Vandalia, was arrested on May 23 on a charge of driving without a valid license. She was given a notice to appear in court, and was held for federal authorities on a charge of methamphetamine manufacture.
    • William E. Jackson, 25, RR 1, Vandalia, was arrested on May 23 on a charge of battery. No bond amount was listed.

  • Community Calendar-May 26, 2011

    Thursday, May 26

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will hold a lapsit story time at 6 p.m. The theme is, "Here Comes Peter Cottontail."

  • Banks of the Okaw-May 26, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken in 1968, shows three brothers and a cousin. All grew up in the Ramsey area.

  • Michael Steinhauer home housed FCHD

    The auction notice of the building at 509 W. Edwards St., used most recently as headquarters of the Fayette County Health Department, sparked my interest because I discovered only a couple of years ago that this home was built in the early 1860s by Michael Steinhauer.

  • Map drawing a local issue, too

    District remapping is a big issue at both the state and national levels right now, with politics playing a big role in what those final products will look like.
    All of the talk of those mapping issues got us to wondering where the discussions are for such a project in Vandalia?
    City officials have in recent years talked about drawing up new ward boundaries, replacing the ones that have been in place for many, many decades.

  • Graduation Day

    Six of seven area high schools held commencement exercises for the class of 2011 last weekend.

  • Miles Filer recalls his time as a POW in WW II

    When Miles Filer left Fayette County to join the U.S. Army 508th Parachute Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, in October 1942, the young farm boy weighed 160 pounds.

  • Volunteers needed for Avenue of Flags

    Volunteers are needed to put up and take down the Avenue of Flags display provided by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 in Vandalia.
    Those who wish to help put up the flags should report to the Legion Home at 221 S. Seventh St. at 6 a.m. on Monday.
    A full breakfast will be provided to workers after all flags are put up.
    The flags will not be put up in the event of bad weather.