Local News

  • VCC inmate attacks guard

    The Vandalia Correctional Center is the latest state prison to experience an inmate attack on an officer.
    And a union officer at VCC said that the Friday evening incident is yet another example of the risks that prison workers face due to understaffing.
    Tom Shaer, spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Corrections, confirmed on Tuesday that a VCC inmate had attacked a correctional officer.

  • Nite at the Races is this Saturday
  • Fiddle contest and bluegrass show is Saturday

    The Patoka Civic Club will be hosting its 33rd annual Perry Biggs Memorial Fiddle Contest and Bluegrass Show this Saturday.
    Opening the show at 5 p.m. will be country singer Brenda Cook of Sullivan, Mo., followed by the Worthington Family Bluegrass Band. The Worthingtons are a family of 10 wonderful musicians playing bluegrass and gospel music.

  • Museum's Season of Events program on historical markers is Nov. 10 at FUM

    A survey of the mysterious, ludicrous and downright comical landmarks in the Prairie State will be presented by William Furry, executive director of Illinois State Historical Society, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10, in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.
    Furry’s presentation is the second program in the Fayette County Museum’s Season of Events.

  • Winners in Lions Club's Halloween parade announced

    1st – Ponderosa, KFC/Taco Bell, Ramada Inn Award – Bright Beginnings Day Care
    2nd – Denny’s Restaurant Award – Fayette County Hospital
    3rd – Vandalia Real Estate/Copper Penny Award – Land of Lincoln Credit Union
    4th – Bluff Equipment Award – Walmart
    5th – Lisa Burnam, Patrick Maag & Melanie Bowles-Edward Jones Investments Award – KC Nursing
    6th – Walmart Award – (tie)-Zombulance and Randy’s Country Barn and Christmas Tree Farm

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 31

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Friday, November 1

  • Downtown Vandalia Halloween

    Halloween was celebrated in downtown Vandalia on Saturday.

    In the first photo, Ella Satterthwaite, age 3 1/2, listens to a Halloween story read by Shawna Sprague at the Evans Public Library Halloween story time. In the second photo, Joanna Helm of Words, Wicks and Wood hands out candy to one of the trick-or-treaters visiting downtown businesses.

  • Steele is Ramsey Schools' 'Singing Custodian'

    She is custodian for Ramsey Schools and she loves to sing … and she often combines the two, singing as she goes about her work cleaning, which is enjoyed by all who happen to hear her in the halls.

  • Free seminar on synthetic drugs

    With synthetic drugs drawing a lot of news coverage and discussion recently, local agencies are teaming together to present a seminar on the topic.
    “The Ivory Wave Tsunami: Synthetic Drug Awareness” is a free seminar being presented from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. next Thursday at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.
    Bruce R. Talbot, a nationally recognized expert trainer on drugs of abuse, will present the seminar.

  • Collecting past due traffic fines

    At a time when the Fayette County Board is faced with trimming the county’s budget, one county officer has come up with a way of increasing revenues.
    If you never paid for a traffic ticket you received more than two decades ago, you probably know how Circuit Clerk Kathy Emerick is doing that.
    Emerick, the circuit clerk since December 2012, was at a conference when she learned about Credit Collection Partners, a company that was beginning to collect past due fine monies.