Local News

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 12

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. at Vandalia Airport.
    ✔ The monthly meeting of Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 will be held at the Legion Home. The meal is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

  • Nadine Returns

    Nadine of Larry's Country Diner on RFD TV (first photo) returned to Fayette County on Saturday, making her third appearance at a fundraiser for the Brownstown Branch Library.

    This time, Nadine brought with her country music stars Joey and Rory (second photo). In the third photo, some of the 400-plus people at the afternoon show applaud the performance of the husband-and-wife duo. In the fourth photo , Connie Bingaman enjoys the humor of Nadine; Connie and her husband, Fred, have arranged for the RFD stars to come to town the past few years.

  • City taking bids for sidewalk work

    The city of Vandalia is ready to take on what it hopes is only the first round of sidewalk replacements.
    The city council agreed last week to seek bids for the replacement of sidewalks at nine locations in town:
    • The area of 627 W. Jefferson St., on Jefferson and North Seventh streets.
    • 1028 N. Sixth St.
    • 500 block of North Fifth St., east side.
    • Between 331 and 403 N. Eighth St., west side.
    • 1415 W. St. Louis Ave.
    • 802 N. Sixth St.
    • 506 S. Sixth St.

  • Fundraiser Facepainting

    Jensen Hollinshead, right, has her face painted by Julianna Berg at the barbecue fundraiser held for Fayette County Extension on Saturday evening in Rogier Park in Vandalia.

  • Joneses enjoy working with young people

     Matt and Misty Jones are excited about an upcoming youth event at the Family Worship Center. They have been at the Family Worship Center for four years, serving as youth pastors for past 2 1/2 years.
    Meet Matt and Misty Jones, a very nice young couple dedicated in their calling to work with youth.

  • Schaal announces candidacy for county clerk

    A Farina woman has decided to run for Fayette County clerk and recorder, meaning that there will be a contest for that post in 2014.
    Barb Schaal, a Republican, announced on Monday evening that she will run for the post now held by Democrat Terri Braun, who will retire next year.

  • Benefits options studied

    The Fayette County Board renewed dental and vision coverage for its employees, but that renewal may be for only one month.
    As the board voted on that issue, Wade Wilhour, chairman of the board’s insurance and personnel committee, said he would be presenting to the board next month a proposal related to that coverage.
    Wilhour said that of the county’s 88 employees, 59 – including seven elected officials – are not represented by a union.

  • County OKs Mabry license, 7-6

    By the narrowest of margins, in its third vote on the issue, the Fayette County Board approved on Tuesday a liquor license for a new restaurant on Vandalia Lake.
    The board voted 7-6 on the request from Steve “Luke” and Latisha Mabry, who opened The Lake House last month.
    The vote came two weeks before the future of the restaurant is determined in court.
    On Thursday, Sept. 24, a judge will decide whether the city has the authority to enforce a 1988 agreement that subjected the Mabrys property to residential zoning.

  • County OK's liquor license

    In a 7-6 vote, the Fayette County Board OK'd on Tuesday a liquor license for The Lake House restaurant on Vandalia Lake.

  • Schaal announces candidacy for county clerk and recorder

    A Farina woman has decided to run for Fayette County clerk and recorder, meaning that there will be a contest for that post in 2014.


    Barb Schaal of the Farina area announced on Monday evening that she will run for the office being vacated next year when Terri Braun retires.

    Schaal, a Republican, is the second person to announce her candidacy for the post. Last month, Democrat Kelly Taylor, who is currently serving as Braun’s chief deputy, announced her candidacy.