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Today's News

  • Plank road helped settlers cross bottoms

    History is ever unfolding.  
    Driving east on U.S. Route 140 toward Bluff City this past Wednesday, I was surprised and thrilled to see logs piled up near the bridge construction site along that road.
    The squared logs were reminiscent of the hewn logs that had formed the plank road across what was known as the Okaw Bottoms more than 150 years ago. The logs, harvested from the virgin forest and squared with a woodcutter’s ax, were laid crosswise over the road with planks over the top to fit the wagon wheels.

  • Marriage Licenses-Nov. 11, 2010

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by the office of Fayette County Clerk & Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    Steven Charles Connor
    Brownstown
    Betty Ruth Bradley
    Brownstown

    Ryan Keith Henna
    Vandalia
    Kirstie Lynn Beck
    Vandalia

    Shawn David Givens
    Vandalia
    Erika Lynn Howard
    Vandalia

    Corey Brandon Tull
    Beecher City
    Lauren Elizabeth Bekis
    Bartlett, Tenn.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Nov. 11, 2010

    • Paul T. Stasiak, 53, 223 E. Third St., Ramsey, was arrested on Nov. 8 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding and improper lane usage. Bond was $3,500.
    • Teresa M. Witt, 42, 1826 W. Jefferson St., Vandalia, was arrested on Nov. 8 for failure to appear in court in a divorce case. Bond was $2,500.
    • Timothy A. Dunahee, 21, 517 N. Riverview Drive, Vandalia, was arrested on Nov. 8 on a charge of domestic battery. Bond was $75,000.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, November 11

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia will hold a Veterans Day program at 1:30 p.m. at the Legion Home, 321 S. Seventh St., Vandalia.
    ✔ 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.

  • Community memorial services is Sunday at 1 p.m.

    The winter holidays are generally perceived as “the most wonderful time of the year.” But for those who are facing grief after the death of a loved one, the holidays may, instead, be a time filled with pain and sadness.
    Even those for whom grief is not as fresh, the holidays may serve as an annual reminder of the loss – not only of that person, but of tradition and celebration.
    Bereavement professionals working in hospice and palliative care understand how difficult this season can be.
    They support families coping with loss all year long.

  • 'Songs of the Civil War' is next Friday

    When you attend “Songs of the Civil War,” you may see a tall fellow with a slouch hat shading his eyes, with baggy pants and suspenders, and toting a guitar and banjo. Chances are you’ve run into Bob Welch.
    Welch performs songs of the Civil War period, singing and accompanying himself on guitar and banjo.
    “Songs of the Civil War – Lincoln and Liberty, Too” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12, at the Mother of Dolors Catholic Church Parish Hall, located at Seventh and St. Clair streets in Vandalia.

  • VFW Auxiliary to hold chili cook-off

    The VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 3862 of Vandalia held its monthly meeting on Oct. 18.
    The ladies discussed the upcoming chili cook-off to be held on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. at the post home. There is a sign-up sheet, and entry fee is $10, to be paid at registration.
    Entries will be open until noon on Nov. 13. All contestants will need to bring their chili in a Crock-Pot that holds at least 4 quarts.
    A discussion was held on the annual children’s Christmas party to be held in December.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    Thirty members and four guests of ExxonMobil Annuitants Club traveled to Litchfield for their monthly meeting and luncheon at the ChinaTown Restaurant.
    After everyone had arrived, the pledge of alliance was given and the meal blessing was given by Brock Fisher.
    After everyone had completed their meal, the meeting was opened by President Dean Black. A warm welcome was given to Charles and Evelyn Hainaut, who had not been able to attend for sometime due to health issues.

  • Relay for Life wins award

    Relay For Life of Fayette County was awarded the American Cancer Society’s prestigious Relay All Star Award at the Society’s recent Relay Leadership Summit in Itasca.
    With the Relay All Star Award, the Illinois Division of the American Cancer Society honors Relay events that achieve significant fundraising and participant growth.
    This year, Relay For Life of Fayette County raised just over $65,000 with nearly 400 participants.

  • Swarm – 50 Years

    Jerry and Sandra Swarm of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 14, with a reception from 1-4 p.m. in the banquet room at Days Inn in Vandalia.
    The couple was married on Nov. 13, 1960, at First Christian Church in Vandalia.
    Roberta Worrell was the maid of honor, and John Eyster was the best man.
    The couple has two children: Mark Swarm of Columbia, Ill., and Michael Swarm and his wife Carolyn of St. Louis, Mo.