Today's News

  • Samuel Griffith implicated in failed dam

    Samuel Griffith was born on Jan. 23, 1793, in New York State, where his Welsh ancestor had settled nearly 20 years before.
    He traveled to Pennsylvania, locating near Laurel Hill, and married Mary Ann Beckley on Jan. 1, 1811.  Their 10 children were born in Pennsylvania.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Vandalia Police Department dispatcher Christy Brown and Richard Winters of Greenville split a $16,000 reward for information they gave that helped police capture murderer Kelly McGinnis of Greenville.
    Ruth Lape of Vandalia was celebrating her 90th birthday.
    Marc Sikma of Vandalia moved on to the finals of the Country Companies’ Three-Point Showdown.

  • LaDage a good choice for ROE

    If you drew up an ideal profile for a candidate for the assistant regional superintendent of schools position, that profile would have Bill LaDage's name on it.
    A highly respected former teacher and administrator in the Vandalia district, he has served for the past 11 years as a part-time employee in the ROE system. As such, he's aware of many of the programs administered through that office. His duties have included working with school and district improvement teams, new teacher training, standards-aligned classrooms and teacher evaluations.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:

    Joseph Gavin Johnson
    St. Elmo
    Michelle Lee Olsen
    St. Elmo
    Robert Lee Mosley
    Sharon Jane Lampe
    Scott Alan Crain
    Amanda Lee Springer

  • First Food Bank is this Saturday at VCHS

    The funding drive to bring the Central Illinois Food Bank back to Fayette County has passed the halfway mark on its goal of $3,300.
    In March, the Fayette County Farm Bureau learned that the funding for the mobile food bank had been reduced, and it might not be able to return to Fayette County.
    The Farm Bureau Foundation decided to step up and try to raise the $3,300 needed to bring the food bank back to Fayette County three times this year. Letters were sent to area civic organizations, churches and businesses looking for support.

  • Edgewood man sentenced on weapon charge

    An Edgewood, Ill., man was sentenced on April 6, 2012, in United States District Court in Benton, on a one-count information charging making a false statement in acquisition of a firearm, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen R. Wigginton announced on Monday.
    Richard Paul Culver, 55, was sentenced to three years probation and 30 hours of public service, and was fined $1,000.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • A 17-year-old youth was arrested on April 9 on a charge of illegal consumption of alcohol. The youth was released on a notice to appear in court.
    • Jeffrey D. Reeter, 47, 517 N. Coles St., Vandalia, was arrested on April 8 on charges of aggravated assault and criminal damage to property. Bond was $1,000.
    • Roy L. Hardin, 30, Collinsville, was arrested on April 8 on charges of possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis and operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,000, and he was released on a personal recognizance bond.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 12

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Fayette County Home and Community Education will hold its Get-Acquainted Day at the Golden Years Club building in Brownstown. Registration is at 9 a.m., and brunch is at 9:30 a.m.
    ✔ 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.

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Visitors
    Mahala Harpster of Gray Summit, Mo., spent the weekend with her parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter. Belinda and Mahala attended the baby shower of Dawn Urban of St. Peter on Saturday afternoon.
    Saturday evening dinner guests of Dane and Belinda Harpster were: Mahala Harpster, Mary Harpster of St. Peter and Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo.
    Visits Grandparents
    Emma Latin of Chase, Mich., spent the week with her grandparents, Larry and Sue Urban of St. Peter.

  • St. Elmo News

    Wednesday, April 11
    Thursday, April 12
    • The Fayette County Home and Community Education Get-Acquainted Day will be held at the Brownstown Golden Years Club building. Registration will be at 9 a.m. and a brunch potluck at 9:30 a.m. Following the brunch, the Sefton Unit will present a skit, and there will be a Make It, Bake It, Sew It, Grow It auction. All interested in this county activity are invited to attend.