Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Elmer W. Oestringr, 34, Highland, was arrested on Sept. 29 on charges of possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was $1,500.
    • Gregory S. Moulton, 46, 320 W. St. Clair St., Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 29 on an alleged violation of bail bond-failed drug test. No bond information was listed.
    • Harley R. Pierce, 22, 1406 W. Jefferson St., Vandalia, turned himself in on a warrant on a charge of retail theft. Bond was $1,500.

  • HCE always welcomes new members

    Next week is proclaimed as Illinois Association Home & Community Week, and the Fayette County HCE is observing it by presenting a Noah’s Ark baby quilt to the first baby born to a Fayette County resident during the designated week, or after.
    The Fayette County HCE was organized 66 years ago, on May 18,1948, with about 300 women from Fayette and other counties gathering at the American Legion Home in Vandalia for the event.

  • Weekend is full of activities

    The Vandalia area will be full of activities this Saturday, with the main event being the annual period celebration at Illinois’ oldest existing capitol.
    In addition to the the 45th annual Grande Levée, the Saturday activities include the annual Harvest Festival in downtown Vandalia, as well as the Happy Hollow Farms Fall Festival south of St. Elmo and the annual Jordan fuNFest at Gatch Lake.
    The Grande Levée actually kicks off on Friday evening, with the old-fashioned ham and beans dinner getting under way at 5 p.m.

  • Dancing Queens
  • Problem-solving court

    Success in one area of a “problem-solving criminal court” in this part of the Fourth Judicial Circuit has led to the addition to two more areas, and Fayette County is among the latest to be a part of that latest addition.
    Fayette, Clay and Jasper counties joined Effingham and Christian counties two weeks ago in the mental health and veterans aspect of the “problem-solving court” operated in Effingham County.

  • St. Elmo child found 75 minutes after reported missing

    OnSept. 25 at approximately 9:14 a.m., a report of a missing juvenile was takenby the St. Elmo Police Department.

    Uponarrival a brief search was conducted but the child was not located. Officers then contacted the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office for further assistance. Immediately, St. Elmo Fire Department and First Responders were dispatched to the scene. The child was described as an 8-year-old white male.

  • Host Lady Vandals take second at weekend tourney

    The Lady Vandals were unable to take advantage of their momentum going into the third game of the championship matchup of their tournament on Saturday, taking second place.

  • Early miscues cost Vandals in loss to Roxana

    Two early Roxana touchdowns off of mistakes put the Vandals in a deficit hard to overcome.
    But the Vandals did their best to do so.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These cousins were reared in Ramsey. One now lives in Vandalia and the other lives in Belleville.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Blood tests were no longer required for Fayette County and Illinois couples planning to get married. The state legislature repealed the mandatory premarital AIDS and blood testing.
    Mayor Rich Walker announced Vandalia would be getting a 60-room Days Inn.
    Vandalia Community High School’s No. 1 girls doubles tennis team of Beth Herrington and Kim Lotz won first place in doubles at the Centralia Orphan Annie Invitational Tournament.

    30 Years Ago