Local News

  • Sisters repurpose old items of all types

    Vicki Bearden and Lori Kruenegel are not only sisters, but also partners in crafting unique one-of-a-kind home décor pieces, either of their own design or as the customer requests.

  • More students in most Vandalia schools

    Reports from building principals at Tuesday’s meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education indicate that student registration numbers are up this year at most schools in the district.
    Leading the increases are the high school (493 students) and the Okaw Area Vocational Center (279 students), both up by about 50 students. Jefferson Primary School (299 students) is up by about 15 students, thanks to one of the largest kindergarten classes in recent years, with 125 students.

  • City will ask Graham for building

    Vandalia officials are hoping that after it ceases operations at its local plant, Graham Packaging will give the facilities to the city.
    After meeting in closed session for about 35 minutes on Monday, the city council voted to have Mayor Rick Gottman send a letter to Graham officials, telling them that the city would be interested in receiving the facilities as a donation.
    Gottman has said that this would be an alternative to selling the building for scrap, and that the city could use it as part of its efforts to lure another industry to the building.

  • Braun won't seek 4th term

    As the end of her third term nears, and a decision must be made whether to seek a fourth term, Terri Braun isn’t hesitant to say, “I truly love his job.”

  • 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.