Local News

  • 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.

  • Clothes Closet open to all St. Elmo people

    The First United Methodist Church’s stately parsonage on Walnut Street in St. Elmo is no longer used as a parsonage, but it continues to fill a need for the community.

  • No action on Mabry license

    The Fayette County Board was scheduled on Tuesday to vote for the third time on a request from a couple planning to operate a restaurant on Vandalia Lake.
    But there was no vote, despite the wishes of several board members.
    Board Chairman Steve Knebel asked that the request from Steve “Luke” and Latisha Mabry for a liquor license be tabled until the September meeting.
    Board member Jean Finley didn’t want to table the matter. “I’d like to vote on it and get it over with,” she said.

  • Park board gets rough estimate for pool work

    To Lisa Robbins, the Vandalia Swimming Pool is more than just a place for people of all ages to cool off on a hot summer day – much more.

  • Residents trash waste ordinance

    Close to 200 people attended a public hearing that the Fayette County Board held on Tuesday to hear residents’ opinions on a proposed solid waste ordinance.
    And most of those present were ready and willing to offer the opinion that passage of such an ordinance would be a bad idea.
    In the end, county board Chairman Steve Knebel said that what has been presented as a proposed ordinance would not be approved, and that the idea of having any type of such ordinance may die out.

  • Elks will hold orthopedic assessment clinic

    The Effingham Elks 1016 Lodge, in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corp., will sponsor a free children’s orthopedic assessment clinic for children who do not have private health insurance on Tuesday, Aug. 27.
    The clinic is from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and by appointment only at Bonutti Orthopedic Clinic, 1303 W. Evergreen Ave. in Effingham. Dr. Timothy Gray will be the clinician in charge.
    To make an appointment, call the Illinois Elks Children’s Care office at 1-800-272-0074 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  • 'Meet the Author' next Wednesday at museum

    The Fayette County Museum and Artworks Gallery are hosting a “Meet the Author” session at 6 p.m. next Wednesday.
    The featured author is Joanne Hardy, who will talk about her book, “The Girl in the Butternut Dress.”
    Hardy grew up in Clay County and now lives in Palm Desert, Calif.
    Her historical novel is about a young girl facing the extraordinary challenge of divided loyalties during the Civil War. It is based on true stories from Southern Illinois.

  • CEFS public transit makes improvements

    July 1 kicked off a new program year for the Central Illinois Public Transit Program.
    “We have a great need for public transportation in our service delivery area and we expect that need to continue to grow,” said Kevin Bushur, chief operations officer and interim CIPT director.