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Today's News

  • St. Elmo News

    By Anna Jean Rhodes

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    By Panzi Blackwell

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Oct. 28, 2010

    • Vernon C. Martin, 27, Greenville, was arrested on Oct. 18 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and speeding. Bond was $15,000.
    • Jarvis R. Denning, 22, RR 1, Shobonier, was arrested on Oct. 18 on a warrant for criminal damage to property. Bond was $10,000.
    • Nicky L. Maness, 31, Shelbyville, was arrested on Oct. 18 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence. Bond was $5,000.

  • News Briefs (Oct. 28)

    New fire number
    The old emergency fire line number — 283-2121 — is not functioning and will be disconnected. Anyone wishing to report a fire should call 911 or 283-2131. Businesses and residents with remote alarm services should advise their alarm companies of this information.

    TIF meeting

  • Teen stabbed at riverfront party

    A 19-year-old Vandalia man is scheduled to appear in Fayette Circuit Court on Nov. 3 after authorities say he repeatedly stabbed another teen at a party near the Kaskaskia River.
    Bo T. Blackwell, 605 N. Rock Island, was arrested Oct. 16 and charged with aggravated battery after witnesses told officials he stabbed Jerry Alsbury, 18, with a 3 ¾ - inch knife in the left side of his abdomen. Alsbury also suffered lacerations on his left arm, left leg and buttocks, according to a preliminary report filed with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

  • Williams, Hale marshals in Vandalia Lions' annual parade

    Presiding over this Thursday’s 68th annual Lions Halloween Parade will be two long-time members of that service club.
    Both Fayette County natives, the two – Cecil Williams and Wayne Hale – have been active Lions for decades.
    Williams has served in virtually every office within the club – including president in 1984-85 – and currently is on its board of directors.
    Hale, similarly, has contributed to the club in a variety of ways. But in the community, he is best known as an accomplished magician.

  • Tons collected in FAYCO's inaugural recycling shipment

    More than 15.5 tons of materials have been diverted from landfills since a Vandalia agency began aiding local recycling efforts this fall, according to Kim Taylor, finance director for FAYCO Enterprises.
    The non-profit organization reports that it shipped about 10 tons of newspapers and magazines, five tons of cardboard and a half-ton of plastic for off-site processing in the first 60 days since it began facilitating most of the area’s recycling operations.

  • Adopted son reunites with birth mother (Part 2)

    Last week-Adrian Curley’s story began with his birth mother, Janet, giving him up for adoption…because of her love for him,  And of his adoptive mother’s (Orla Jo)  efforts to help him in his quest to find his birth mother …because of her love for him.
    Although all adoption records seemed to be lost to him, Adrian, with the help of his adoptive mother, found his birth mother, Janet.   Janet wrote a poem as she remembered "The first time I saw you through a window’ and telling him good-bye," she thought, forever.

  • Marriage Licenses-Oct. 28, 2010

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

    Nathan Scott Watterson and Vanessa Nicole Helm Steinkamp,
    Vandalia

    Jay Wesley Kirkland and Kayla Danielle Rosetto,
    Vandalia

  • Community Calendar (Oct. 28)

    Thursday, October 28
    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department, as part of the Paint the Town Pink community celebration promoting national breast cancer awareness, will provide lunch and educational materials from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Lincoln Park in the 300 block of Gallatin Street in downtown Vandalia.
    ✔ 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.