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  • Two arrested on felony heroin charges

    Two individuals were arrested in Fayette County last Wednesday on felony drug charges, including possession of a large amount of heroin.
    Omar E. Lastra, 24, of El Monte, Calif., and Anais Rivera-Olivas, 24, of Los Lunas, N.M, have been charged with controlled substance trafficking, with information alleging that they brought into Illinois 1,150 grams of heroin.
    That charge is a Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, December 13

    ✔ Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 and Unit 95 Auxiliary will hold their annual Christmas party for members and families at 6 p.m. The men will provide meat and women are providing side dishes and desssert.

    Friday, December 14

    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

    Saturday, December 15

  • Cross sent to prison on bank fraud charges

    Alfred L. Cross, 75, of Kinmundy, was sentenced to 78 months in prison on his federal conviction on five counts of bank fraud, Steven D. Weinhoeft, United States attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, said on Tuesday.
    The evidence presented in court established that Cross defrauded seven Southern Illinois banks out of more than $500,000.
    Cross pleaded guilty to the charges in the indictment on March 16. Facts presented at the plea hearing established that Cross opened checking accounts at the following banks: Bradford

  • Statehouse Holiday Event
  • County board retains leaders

    The Fayette County Board welcomed a couple of new faces on Tuesday, but kept the same faces at its leadership positions.

  • The CARING and SHARING still going strong in Fayette County

    Though she stepped down as chairman of Fayette County Caring & Sharing after last year’s distribution, a position she held for 35 years, Marlys Hayner can still be found working day and night on the project.

  • Police vacancy topic of discussion

    In addition to holding a lengthy discussion on the new tax levy, Vandalia aldermen talked at length about whether the city should replace a retiring police officer.
    Ultimately, the council agreed to fill that vacancy.
    The council approved the retirement of Shanon Neiber, which drops the number of full-time officers to 12.
    Asked by Alderman Andy Lester how that number compares to that in other towns, Police Chief Jeff Ray said the staffing is about the same as it was 30 years ago, “and crime has not gone down.”

  • City to vote on 10.87% levy hike

    Telling city alderman that municipalities across the nation are faced with racing their tax levies, Vandalia’s auditor gave the city council three options for an increase.
    Aldermen chose the middle of those options, with two of them speaking out against a tax increase.
    All three levy options presented by Dale Timmerman of Timmerman and Co. Ltd. have all levies except the one for the city’s police pension fund staying at the last year’s levels.

  • Shy Santa Visitor
  • Christmas Open House Saturday at Statehouse

    The annual holiday celebration at the Vandalia Statehouse is this Saturday night.
    The Christmas Open House at the state’s oldest existing capitol building is from 5-7:30 p.m.