Local News

  • Morrison, Emerick win county offices

    Fayette County residents supported  the Republican candidate for president, and they also favored the GOP at the local level.

  • Fayette County Vote Totals

    Fayette County

    Unofficial Vote Totals



    R-Mitt Romney-5,950

    D-Barack Obama-2,848

    Lib-Gary Johnson-117

    Green-Jill Stein-48



  • Emerick, Morrison win county officer posts

    31 of 31 Precincts

    With Absentee Voted included


    Circuit Clerk

    R-Kathy Emerick, 4898

    D-Mary Sue Ruot 3,973


    State’s Attorney

    R-Joshua Morrison 5,305

    D- Matthew Chancey 3,430

  • Halloween parade winners

    Float Division
    1-Five Star Learning Center, Ponderosa/KFC/Taco Bell Award, $350.

  • Museum event is this Sunday

    The second in this Seasons of Events sponsored by the Fayette County Museum will be held Sunday at 2 p.m., in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    Entry is from the parking lot west of hall.
    Linda Dust, a storyteller from Assumption, will provide the program. She has relatives buried in Vandalia and will be telling historical family stories.
    After years of dabbling in folk music, Dust became a fan of storytelling and began attending concerts and festivals. It wasn’t much of a leap from singing folk ballads to telling folk tales.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, November 1

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Friday, November 2

  • Tuesday's general election features a number of races

    In five days, Fayette County voters will go to the polls to cast ballots on a number of local, state and federal races.
    Polls are open from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday, and grace period and early voting continues at the Fayette County Courthouse through Friday, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. In-person absentee voting continues at the courthouse through 4 p.m. on Monday.
    At the top of Tuesday’s general election ballot is the presidential race, which pits incumbent Democrat Barack Obama against Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

  • Halloween in Vandalia

    Five Star Learning Center (first photos) took first place in the float division at the Vandalia Lions Club's annual Halloween parade last Thursday evening.

    Among the parade watchers, second photo, was 3-year-old Olivia Roe, dressed up as a Halloween Jack-o-lantern. More photos from the parade, and from the Downtown Trick-or-Treat on Saturday, are in a photo gallery on our website.

  • Park Board looks to fill vacancies

    Vandalia Park District officials are looking for individuals willing to run for district board seats next spring.
    In fact, they are looking for a couple of individuals who are willing to begin serving right now.
    Chuck Hutson, president of the park district board, said on Tuesday that the board is down to three members following the resignations of two members.
    Long-time board member Mark Miller, who was serving as president of the board, resigned recently, and Larry Bingham, another long-time member, resigned several months ago.

  • Sex offender agrees to 10 years

    A Brownstown man accepted a prison sentence for a felony sex offense right before his case was to be presented to a jury.
    Lloyd W. Merkley accepted a plea bargain on Tuesday that includes a 10-year prison term.
    Merkley, 61, pleaded guilty to predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.