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Today's News

  • 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.

  • At the age of 99, Bingaman looks back on her life

    “With love, you can do almost anything.” Those wise words were spoken by Lucille Bingaman, whose appearance, intelligence, conversation and quiet sense of humor belie her age of 99 years.

  • SmartBoard of Education

    If you walk by a classroom at Brownstown Elementary School and hear the sound of race cars, it doesn’t mean that students in the class are watching a NASCAR race. It’s all of the students finding out how they completed a class exercise.

  • City fights to keep tax money from state

    As they work to finalize a balanced budget for the new fiscal year, Vandalia officials are unhappy that state legislators are talking about taking away some of the city’s revenues.
    Mayor Rick Gottman asked city aldermen, including four who were attending their first meeting, to join him in signing letters to members of the Illinois General Assembly.
    In those letters, the city opposes a proposal that calls for the state to retain all or some of the state income tax money that now goes to municipalities.

  • Banks of the Okaw-May 5, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young fisherman, pictured about 65 years ago, grew up south of Bluff City. He had a career in the Navy,  retired and moved back to the family farm.