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Wanda C. McCollum, 90, of Vandalia

Wanda C. McCollum, 90, of Vandalia, passed away Sunday, April 18, 2021, in Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 21, at First United Methodist Church, Vandalia, with Pastor Tom Goodell officiating.   Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery Vandalia. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday,…

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Holly Noelle Sargent, 45, of Ramsey

Holly Noelle Sargent, 45, of Ramsey, passed away Saturday, April 3, 2021, at her home in Ramsey. Graveside Services were held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, at Hortenstine Family Farm Cemetery, Rural Ramsey, with Pastor Larry Daniel officiating. Friends and family may gather at the cemetery at 12 Noon. Memorials: Ramsey Community Schools Reading…

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Beulah Genelle Strole, 88, of Vandalia

Beulah Genelle Strole, 88, of Vandalia, passed away at 7:32 p.m., Sunday, March 28, 2021 at SBL Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care. Per the request of the family, cremation rites will be accorded. A memorial service and interment will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Long Term…

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Evadine Goers, 86, of St. Elmo

Evadine Goers, 86, of St. Elmo, died at 12:58 p.m. Thursday, March 18, 2021 at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham, as the result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.   Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 27, 2021 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, rural Altamont with Rev. Marcus Manley officiating.…

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Three arrested here in child pornography sting

Attorney General Kwame Raoul announced Friday, March 12 charges against a Fayette County couple for allegedly possessing and disseminating child pornography. The charges are the result of an investigation Raoul’s office conducted into an alleged child pornography ring operating in Fayette County and are part of the Attorney General’s ongoing focus on apprehending offenders who…

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Francis “Frank” Patrick Murphy

Patriarch Popop aka Francis “Frank” Patrick Murphy, who lived joyfully in his big brown house in Vandalia, passed away on March 11, 2021 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, surrounded by the most caring doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until noon, Thursday, March 18, 2021…

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Vandals vanquish Piasa Birds in busy week of play

The Vandalia Vandals put down the Piasa Birds, 49-34, in high school basketball action Friday night, March 5 at home. Carson Ruot paved the way for Vandalia on the night with 14 points, although he was silent for the first eight minutes. It was a shooting contest in the first quarter, as both teams came…

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Nancy A. Byars, 73, of Altamont  

Nancy A. Byars, 73, of Altamont, died at 2:20 a.m., Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham.   Funeral services will be held at 4p.m. Saturday, March 6, 2021 at the First Baptist Church, Altamont with Rev. Bill Weaver officiating. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until service time at the…

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Velda R. Merriman, 93, of Vandalia

Velda R. Merriman, 93, of Vandalia, passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at Willowbrook Memory Care, Vandalia. Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 6, at Unity Baptist Church, Vandalia, with Pastor Robert Weaver officiating. Burial will follow at Glendale Cemetery, Fillmore. Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, March…

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