Today's News

  • How did you celebrate Leap Day?

    Okay, you had an extra day this week. What do you have to show for it?

  • Greenhead flies tormented early settlers

    In the 1908 memoir written by Presley Garner Donaldson of Hurricane Township, he wrote a first-hand account of what life was like in the Fayette County of his time.
    Presley was not the first to mention the varmints that infested the county, but he was one of the first to go into a little detail as to the problems they encountered from the greenhead fly.

  • Plan enhances court coverage

    A recent decision to allow video and still cameras in most Illinois’ trial courtrooms is a move toward more openness and accountability in the state’s legal system.
    The announcement on Jan. 24 by Thomas Kilbride, chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, paves the way for circuit courts to apply to participate in the experimental program. If the circuit court is approved, then members of the media can request permission to cover certain cases.

  • Garage Fire

    Vandalia's volunteer firefighters were called to a fire in a garage at the home of Kirk Forbis, 1800 W. Main St., at about 4:15 p.m. last Thursday.

  • Paine is Lenten speaker

    Ryan Paine will speak at the second Lenten Luncheon, on March 7, at First Church of God, from noon-1 p.m.

  • Online History & Memories

    What started out as a discussion between two women on Facebook about some of the things from Vandalia’s past quickly developed into a Facebook page that is documenting the town’s history.

  • Cameras in the Courtroom

    While the Illinois Supreme Court has given its OK for cameras in Illinois courts, it’s not likely that you’ll see any cameras in Fayette County’s courtrooms in the near future.
    And even if you did, the coverage that you see in this county will be different than that in the state’s metropolitan areas.
    Judge Gene Schwarm, Fayette County’s resident circuit judge and chief judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit, points out that the Supreme Court’s decision allows circuits to apply for participation in what is essentially a test.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Donald R. Vanhoose, 21, RR 1, Mulberry Grove, was arrested on Feb. 28 on a charge of theft of $500 and under. Bond was $20,000.
    • Bryer N. Wemple, 23, 1313 W. Edwards St., Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 28 on charges of possession of a controlled substance, concealing a fugitive and possession of drug paraphernalia. No bond information was listed.
    • Jeffrey A. Steinkamp, 24, 1313 W. Edwards St., Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 28 for failure to appear in court on a charge of retail theft. Bond was $10,000.

  • Pana man killed in wreck Sunday morning

    A Pana man was killed in a one-vehicle accident about three miles north of Ramsey late Sunday morning.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Avgary G. Kehias, 88, was northbound in a 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck at about 11:13 a.m. when the vehicle left the road, struck a utility pole and rolled over.
    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said that Kehias was ejected from the vehicle upon impact. Bowen pronounced Kehias dead at Fayette County Hospital.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 1

    ✔ 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, March 2

    ✔ The Fayette County Knights of Columbus will hold an all-you-can-eat fish fry from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Mother of Dolors Parish Center, Seventh and St. Clair streets, Vandalia. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-11. Carry-outs are available.
     Saturday, March 3