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Today's News

  • Donley this year's recipient of Distinguished Alumni Award

    A 1983 graduate of Vandalia Community High School who is a chemical engineer with a strong background in handling hazardous materials is this year’s lone selection of the Vandalia Alumni and Friends Foundation’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 27

    ✔ "If You Grew Up with Abraham Lincoln" is the story for the final story time at 10 a.m. at the Vandalia Statehouse. The story time will feature some retired teachers, homemade toy crafts and ice cream.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

    Friday, July 28

    ✔ Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 will hold bingo at 7 p.m. at the Legion Home; doors open at 5:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday deadline for FSA nominations

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency acting state executive director for Illinois, Richard L. Graden, is reminding farmers and ranchers that they have until next Tuesday to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.
    County committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers in their communities to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:

    Jeremy Jordon Smith
    St. Elmo
    Lisa Marie Austin
    Brownstown
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    John David Shelton
    St. Elmo
    Taylor Paige Cole
    St. Elmo
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    Aaron Reigh Hudson
    Beecher City
    Myste Marie Brown
    Beecher City
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    Myron Leon Sandiford
    Vandalia
    Kim Rayné Ward
    Vandalia

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Rose C. Stepeney, 31, St. Louis, Mo., was arrested on July 25 on charges of driving while her license is suspended or revoked, speeding, expired registration, no valid registration, improper display of registration and no front license plate. No bond information was listed.
    • Jessie M. Knight, 32, 927 W. Edwards St., Vandalia, was arrested on July 25 on a charge of driving while her license is suspended. Bond was $1,500.

  • Feldhake helps provide new event for fair

    County fairs have been an American tradition for many years – Fayette County’s informational book states that 2017 is the 87th year for the Fayette County Fair, offering something for all of the family.

  • Alumni event one of three on Sept. 30

    This year’s All-School Reunion held by the Vandalia Alumni and Friends Foundation will be part of a day full of activities in Vandalia.
    The reunion will be held in the evening of Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Vandalia Moose Lodge, under the following schedule:
    • Social hour – 5-6:30 p.m.
    • Dinner – 6:30-8 p.m. The menu includes fried chicken, ham, beef and noodles, twice-baked potato, green beans, carrots, farmer’s salad, rolls and pie.
    • Distinguished Alumni Award presentation – 8 p.m. (See Page 1B)

  • Disturbances cause delay in trial

    A bench trial has been set for a St. Elmo man jailed on drug charges who has been disruptive in court during recent pretrial hearings.

  • Flying to the Top

    Having completed two years at Kaskaskia College, Bryan Radliff was headed to Southern Illinois University for a degree in administration of justice.
    Although the 1984 graduate of Vandalia Community High School was unsure about a career once he finished college with his bachelor’s degree, he was sure of one thing that he really liked doing.
    Thus, it may have been more than a coincidence that in the SIU course catalog, aerospace science was listed near administration of justice.

  • Revisiting the story of Tramel

    The story of Joe Trammel is one I have visited before in this column. Along with George Welsh and Jefferson Hastings, he was charged with the murder of an Oconee farmer by the name of Morris.