Local News

  • A new kind of court

    In the near future, juveniles who commit criminal offenses in Fayette County will sentenced in a new way – they will truly be judged by their peers.
    The Fayette County Probation Office recently announced that it would begin operating a youth court.
    The office made the announcement as it began seeking local youth who will help the court function.
    Applications are being accepted from youths ages 14-17 who will serve in the roles of prosecuting and defense attorneys, clerk, bailiff and jurors.

  • Horsin' Around

    Clients of FAYCO Enterprises experienced a new kind of outing last Thursday afternoon, and the executive director of the facility hopes it’s the first of many.

  • Extension's fall gardening series set to begin Aug. 22

    The fall series of University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening program, which focuses on environmental stewardship and backyard food production, gets under way this month.
    The first session of the series, “Some Like it HOT: Plants for Hot, Dry Areas,” is being offered at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday.
    Sessions will be presented via teleconference at the Fayette County Extension office in Vandalia.   

  • Volunteers needed for Youth Court

    The Fayette County Probation Department is searching for youth volunteers as they begin implementing a Youth Court program.
    Youth Court is an alternative approach that holds first-time juvenile offenders accountable through a sentence imposed by their peers.
    The department is currently seeking youth volunteers between the ages of  14-17 who will play the roles of the prosecuting and defense attorneys, clerk, bailiff and jury.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 15

    ✔ The Tools for School distribution will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 1221 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Thursday, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday. Entry at the church is through the north door, and all students must accompany their parents. For more information, call 283-0937.
    ✔ 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.

  • Fulk's motion to suppress overhear denied

    Judge James Roberts conceded that, in hindsight, it might have been nice to have had more information before allowing the Illinois State Police to conduct an overhear operation.
    But, Roberts said last Friday, he still believed that there was enough evidence to allow for that eavesdropping operation in the case of a Farina man charged with trying to have his wife killed.
    At the end of a three-hour hearing, which included testimony from three state police investigators, Roberts denied a motion filed by the attorney for Mark Fulk.

  • Wet spring delays Ramsey school project

    A wet spring has translated into issues with a major building project as the Ramsey School District prepares for the fall return of students.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This week's photo from the Vandalia Memories Facebook page is another postcard from the collection of Larry Emerick.

    This postcard features an aerial view of Jay's Restaurant and Motel, which were at the intersection of Eighth Street and Gochenour. This and many photos from Vandalia's past are featured on the Facebook page started by Vandalia resident Kathy Schultz. Many of the photos feature comments that both help tell their history and relate the memories of current and former residents.

  • We Apologize

    It was reported in last week's Public Record section that Gregory Moreland of Ramsey has been arrested for failure to appear in court. Court records show that he had paid court-ordered amounts and that a warrant for his arrest should not have been issued.
    We apologize for the error.

  • Man recovering from attack by bear

    A rural Beecher City man is recovering in a St. Louis hospital from injuries sustained when he was attacked by a bear that he had raised.
    The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office reported on Monday that the “unprovoked attack” on a 64-year-old had occurred at about 9:30 a.m. on Sunday.
    The man, Marion Julius, was initially airlifted to St. John’s Hospital and was later airlifted to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.