Local News

  • County puts off another transfer

    The Fayette County Board was ready to act Tuesday on two significant changes to the budget they approved just last month, one of those being another large transfer of funds to cover county expenses.
    But, after considerable discussion, the board decided to OK just one budget change, using $76,000 of its monies to pay workers’ compensation expenses.
    The board held off on another transfer of $250,000 from its capital improvement fund, giving members more time to consider and discuss their options to such a transfer.

  • Pinnacle adds 90 jobs at St. Elmo

    Pinnacle Foods announced late last week that it has acquired a new product line, and that it will locate that new line at its St. Elmo facility.
    That new product line will more than double the number of employees at the St. Elmo plant.
    To be added at the St. Elmo are Pinnacle’s recently acquired Wish-Bone and Western salad dressings, according to Tony Fernandez, executive vice president and chief supply chain officer for Pinnacle.

  • Rotary Club Christmas Parade canceled

    The Vandalia Rotary Club Christmas Parade scheduled for Saturday morning has been canceled due to cold weather.

  • News Briefs


    Scouting for Food bags to be picked up


    Local Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts will again be participating in Scouting for Food this year.

  • Law Dogs now holding Hero Collection Drive


    The South Central Illinois Law Dogs and Ladies are asking for the public’s participation in their Help a Hero Collection Drive.

    Through the drive, the Law Dogs and Ladies are preparing Christmas packages for aging veterans.

  • Calendar


    Thursday, December 5


  • Vandalia man given 15-year prison sentence


    A Vandalia man who was convicted on burglary and methamphetamine charges in an October jury trial has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

    At a recent sentence hearing, Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Gene Schwarm ordered that Avery A. Swarms serve prison terms for four offenses committed in the spring of this year.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News


    “It’s Beginning Look a Lot Like Christmas”…

    … here on the (relocated) Homestead. Bright red bows adorn the critters’ fences and bright red bows also adorn the ceramic critters on Cora’s Corner (deer; “Cloudy,” the white horse; SnowWhite Goose and Roseylee Duck).

  • Christmas in St. Elmo
  • City gets grant for Sunset work


    Vandalia’s mayor announced on Monday that the city will be taking the first step toward a major improvement to one of the city’s major north-south thoroughfares.

    Rick Gottman told alderman at the city council meeting that Vandalia has received a $150,000 grant for the design of a new road surface for Sunset Drive.