Today's News

  • Firearm dealers challenge new law

    By Peter Hancock
    Capitol News Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD – A group of firearms dealers along with the Illinois State Rifle Association filed a lawsuit recently seeking to overturn a new state law that imposes new, stringent requirements on firearms dealers in the state, alleging that it violates both the Illinois Constitution and the state’s Administrative Procedures Act.

  • New voting equipment
  • Judge says state lawmakers, office holders can't freeze increases

    Capitol News Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD — Every lawmaker who served in the General Assembly between 2009 and 2018 might be entitled to back pay, a Cook County judge decided. Former governors and other state office holders might also qualify for lost wages.

  • Marijuana and workplace seminar at KC

    The South Central Illinois Growth Alliance will host a seminar, “Recreational Marijuana and the Workplace,” on Monday, Aug. 12, at 1:30 p.m., in the Lifelong Learning Center at Kaskaskia College.
    Illinois has legalized recreational marijuana, beginning next year. How should employers move forward with their drug policies?
    This timely event will include presenters that will help business owners understand how this change will impact your businesses.
    Topics for the seminar will include:

  • Coroner's Report

    The following report was submitted by Fayette County Coroner David Harris to the Fayette County Board for his June activities.
    Harris said that he handled one death in the home of a Fayette County resident and went with a local officer on two occasions to notify next of kin of the death of a relative.
    In June, Harris' office issued nine cremation permits, received six hospice admittance notifications and received seven hospice death notifications.
    The June revenue for cremation permits was $450.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:
    Joseph Wesley Crabtree
    Tara Suzanne Moreland
    Ronald Marion Woolsey
    Kathryn Lynn Miller

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Gregory P. Lyne, 26, DeKalb, was arrested on July 30 for contempt of court. Bond was $100 cash.
    • Megan E. Duckworth, 29, Collinsville, was arrested on July 29 for failure to appear in court. No bond information was listed.
    • Eric M. Sidwell, 28, 2093 N. 2150 St., St. Elmo, was arrested on July 29 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.
    • Stephanie K. Newton, 33, Cowden, was arrested on July 28 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 1

    ✔ The Soroptimist Club of Vandalia invites all local women to its August business meeting at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse. To RSVP, contact Janice Hejl at janice.hejl@gmail.com or 322-6538.

    Friday, August 2

    ✔ Summer Lunches for Kids is from 11-11:30 a.m. in Vandalia at Rogier Park, Kelley Park, Fayette County Health Department and Family YMCA; in Shobonier at the village hall; and in Vera at the township building.
    ✔ A food truck will be at Charters Patio from 11-7 p.m.

  • Creation of patio leads to return of Copper Penny

    Amy Gaffney is going back to the place on Fourth Street that she was about three years ago. But, she’s also staying right where she is now.

  • Trial date set for Bright

    A little more than two weeks after ruling that a Mulberry Grove man is mentally fit to stand trial on murder charges, a judge has set a date for that trial.