Today's News

  • Meeting the President
  • Beccue murder trial under way

    Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison told a jury on Tuesday morning that the prosecution will present sufficient evidence to find Alexander Beccue guilty of murdering Joshua K. Smith in August 2017, including an admission of guilt.
    In his opening statement, Beccue’s attorney said that there is no question that Beccue fired the fatal gunshot. The question, Ed Deters said, is why he fired the shot.

  • School security work approved

    Until Monday, the top item on the list of needed building projects in the Vandalia School District was the replacement of the old air-conditioning system at the Okaw Area Vocational Center.
    That changed when district officials learned that significant work on the district’s security system is needed.
    Reporting on the 45-year-old air-conditioning system at the vocational center, Steve Stombaugh said that the “mechanical is working. There is no control – the control system is done, it’s obsolete.

  • Mayor gets good comments about Bicetennial

    Mayor Rick Gottman summed up Vandalia’s Bicentennial Celebration in four words at Monday’s city council meeting.
    “Wow, what a weekend,” Gottman said.
    The mayor said that he received “more positive than negative” comments about the weekend, and that many people, including downtown merchants have told him that “we need more of that.”

  • State lawmakers working to increase Medicaid system efficiency

    Capitol News Illinois
    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers took several steps this legislative session to increase efficiencies in the state’s Medicaid managed care system, which has been widely panned by high-volume Medicaid providers since its inception in 2011.  

  • Fayette County grand jury returns 35 indictments

    The office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison submitted 35 cases to a Fayette County grand jury on June 12 and received indictments on the following defendants:
    Nicholas Arndt – unlawful failure to register as a sex offender.
    Linda Martin – unlawful possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of controlled substance.
    Corrina Wolfe – unlawful possession of controlled substance.
    Jamie Eubank – unlawful possession of methamphetamine.
    Ricky Harre – domestic battery with a prior.

  • Saturday Morning House Fire
  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 20

    ✔ Summer Lunches for Kids is from 11-11:30 a.m. in Ramsey at Lions Park.
    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia invites all local women to its program meeting at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse. The domestic violence/human trafficking committee will have the program. All guests are welcome to purchase lunch. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP with Janice Hejl, 322-6538 or janice.hejl@gmail.com.

    Friday, June 21

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • A 17-year-old Beecher City resident was arrested on June 17 on charges of criminal defacement, criminal damage to state property and illegal consumption of alcohol. No bond information was listed.
    • Sylvia C. Martinez, 30, 513 N. Girard St., St. Elmo, was arrested on June 17 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $20,000.
    • Patrick S. Marble, 28, 1043 US Hwy 51, Shobonier, was arrested on June 16 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.

  • Jurors selected, Beccue trial starts Tuesday morning

    Twelve jurors and three alternate jurors for the Beccue murder trial were selected by the end of the day on Monday.

    The trial for Alexander Beccue, who is charged with the murder of Joshua K. Smith in Ramsey in August 2017, is set to begin on Tuesday morning.

    The trial will begin with opening statements by the office of Fayette County State's Attorney Joshua Morrison and Beccue's attorney, Ed Deters of Effingham.