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Today's News

  • New Briefs

    Relay for Life book sale continues

    A book sale to benefit the Fayette County Relay for Life is continuing at National Bank, 520 W. Gochenour St., Vandalia.
    The sale will continue until all books are sold.

    VCHS book fair is next week

    Vandalia Community High School is hosting a book fair April 11-18, from 8-4 p.m. daily. Parents may go online to shop and place orders at scholastic.com/schoolbookfairs.
    For more information, contact Fran Rickman at 283-5155 ext 288.

  • Other Fayette County vote totals

    LIBRARY TRUSTEES
    Evans Public
    Library District
    *Melanie Maag Bowles-760
    *F. Gale Meseke-839

    St. Elmo Public
    Library District
    6-Year Term
    *Mary K. Spitler-687
    One seat to be filled by appointment
    4-Year Term
    *Tony Koberlein-642
    *Rodney Crawford-516
    *Don Crawford-550

    REGIONAL BOARD
    OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES
    6-Year Term
    *William LaDage-2,134
    4-Year Term
    *Bruce Bannister-1,880
    PARK TRUSTEES

  • School board vote totals

    VANDALIA
    *Connie Goldsmith-979
    *Judy Wasmuth-895
    *Jay G. Smith-889
    *Matt Hall-917

    BROWNSTOWN
    *Kent L. Kistler-200
    *Brian Oberlink-239
    *Danyele Harre-204
    Michele Powell-164

    ST. ELMO
    *Josh R. Bushue-398
    *E. Dean Buzzard-469
    *Shannon Moss-476

    RAMSEY
    *Pat Click-196
    *Jim Thomas-204
    *Jim Masset-212

  • Community Sports Briefs (April 7)

    Bushue to open season with Lexington on Thursday

    Houston Astros prospect and South Central High School graduate Tanner Bushue will open the 2011 season with the Class A Lexington Legends on Thursday.

    Lexington opens the season with eight straight home games, the first four against Charleston and the last four against Hagarstown. Bryce Harper, the No. 1 overall pick in last season's Major League draft, plays for Hagarstown.

    In 25 starts, Bushue was 7-8 with a 4.11 earned run average for the Legends last season.

  • KC holds GED graduation

    Kaskaskia College recently held a GED graduation ceremony in the Lifelong Learning Center.
    All GED completers are eligible for a Kaskaskia College GED scholarship.
    The scholarship covers tuition and student technology fees and may be awarded for up to 48 credit hours as long as the student meets eligibility requirements and attends consecutive semesters.

  • Marriage Licenses-April 7, 2011

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    Bryan Lee Washburn
    Vandalia
    Myrna Sue Boone
    Vandalia

    Jason James Carpenter
    Vandalia
    Stacey Lynn Sarchet
    Vandalia

    Joshua Aaron Willium Bergman
    Ramsey
    Heather Mae Carroll
    Ramsey

    Cody James Hawkings
    Vandalia
    Brittany Mae Crandell
    Vandalia

  • Local bowling team wins tourney
  • Sheriff's arrest log-April 7, 2011

    • Kevin L. Houser, 29, Newton, was arrested on April 5 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Ashley A. Swarringin, 25, 106 Woods St., Mulberry Grove, was arrested on April 5 for failure to appear in court on a charge of operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $2,500.
    • Jerry R. Jones, 49, Decatur, was arrested on April 4 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $5,000.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, April 7

    ✔ 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.
    Friday, April 8

  • Experience with Shriners leads Beard to clowning

    April is National Volunteer Month, and one of Fayette County’s favorite volunteers, for both young and old, is Bill Beard, also known as “Windy Willy,” the lovable balloon animals clown.
    What began as a desire to help others as he and his family had been helped became a ministry of sorts that has spanned 20 years, and Bill is enthusiastically entering into the 21st.