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  • Pittsburg man pleads guilty to federal charge

    On April 5, Jason Scott Byrley, 35, of Pittsburg pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Benton to a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
    Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, said that the conspiracy offense occurred between 2008 and Jan. 30, 2012, in Williamson, Jackson, Saline, and Franklin counties.
    Byrley’s offense carries possible penalties of 10 years to life in prison, a fine of up to $10 million and at least five years’ supervised release. Sentencing is set for Aug. 8.

  • Mulvaney gets 30 years in prison

    A Farina man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex crimes.
    At the end of March, Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm sentenced Ryan E. Mulvaney on four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
    Mulvaney was found guilty of those four counts, each a Class 2 felony, in a two-day jury trial that was completed on Nov. 17 of last year.
    Schwarm ordered that two 12-year sentences and one six-year sentence were to be served consecutively, and that a third 12-year sentence was to be served concurrently.

  • Raising funds & enhancing lives

    At a spaghetti dinner held to raise funds for the Fayette County Extension Foundation, volunteers of all ages were serving patrons.
    That only makes sense because of the purpose of University of Illinois Extension.

  • Farina man charged with murder solitication

    A Farina man is being held in Fayette County Jail without bond for allegedly trying to have his wife killed.
    Mark G. Fulk, 35, was arrested last Friday on a charge of solitication for murder.
    The office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison has charged Fulk with solicitation of murder for hire, a Class X felony.
    In the information, Morrison’s office alleges that Fulk approached a man and offered to him cash, a motorcycle, auto shop and house as payment for killing his wife.

  • All but Ramsey OK electric aggregation

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  • Gottman wins re-election; Myers wins in St. Elmo

    Ricky Gottman won a fourth term as Vandalia’s mayor, taking a little more than 58 percent of the vote in defeating challenger Brian J. Stout.

  • Unofficial Fayette County Vote Totals

    Ricky J. Gottman-739
    Brian J. Stout-531

    City Clerk
    Peggy Bowen-1,150

    Ward I-Jerry Swarm-130
    Ward II-Dorothy Crawford-247
    Ward III-Mike Hobler-276
    Ward IV-John A. Lester-436

    ST. ELMO
    H.L. “Ernie” Myers-303
    Larry R. Tish-137
    Dennis R. Riley-4

    City Clerk
    Patricia L. Mathis-391

    City Treasurer
    Mary E. Magnus-398


  • Gottman wins re-election; Myers wins in St. Elmo

    Mayor Ricky Gottman won a fourth term as mayor, defeating Brian J. Stout, 633-465.I

    In St. Elmo, Ernie Myers defeated incumbent Larry Tish, 278-118, to win the mayoral race.


  • Mayoral Questionnaire-Brian J. Stout

    Occupation: Insurance claims adjuster.
    Education: Attended Indiana Bible College and Vale National Claims School and graduate of Kaskaskia College and Missouri Auction School.
    Family: Wife, Chelsea; and two daughters, ages 2½ and 1.
    Church, club memberships: Metro Community Church.
    Offices held in past, elected and otherwise: N/A
    Why did you decide to run for office?

  • Mayoral Questionnaire-Ricky J. Gottman

    Occupation: Director of facilities and support services of Fayette County Hospital (35 years); mayor of the city of Vandalia (12 years); and chief deputy coroner of Fayette County (21 years).