Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Merbrahtu B. Tesfay, 32, Arlington, Va., was arrested on July 9 on a charge of retail theft. Bond was $1,500.
    • Glenn M. Starnes, 34, Altamont, was arrested on July 8 on a charge of methamphetamine possession. Bond was $35,000.
    • Terrell A. Cowherd, 38, University Place, Wash., was arrested on July 8 on charges of unlawful possession or use of a weapon, driving while his license is suspended or revoked and improper lane usage. No bond information was listed.

  • Golden Circle Menus

    The Golden Circle Nutrition Program, located at 616 W. Jackson St., Vandalia provides meals in a comfortable setting to people 60 years and older and their spouses.
    There are no income guidelines or any type of restrictions besides the age limit. Meals are prepared by Deb’s Catering of Altamont and delivered fresh daily.
    The suggested donation is $3 for meals.
    Call the site director, Deb Segrest, at 283-1040, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. the day before you wish to eat there.

  • Reunion

    The 2019 Ehrat reunion will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church at Augsburg, four miles east of Shobonier, on Sunday, July 21.
    The day will begin with a special 10:30 a.m. worship service for church members and guests, to which the general public is also cordially invited.

  • Pritzker signs capital bill

    Capitol News Illinois
    SPRINGFIELD —Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers, business leaders and labor representatives in Springfield last Friday as he signed a package of bills enacting a $45 billion statewide infrastructure plan in one of four stops on a tour of Illinois.

  • Trumbold charged with three counts of aggravated battery

    A Ramsey man who was arrested last Wednesday on a charge of attempted second-degree murder has been formally charged with three counts of aggravated battery.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Jeffrey A. Tedrick, 38, 407 S. Moreland St., Vandalia, was arrested on June 30 on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was $1,500.
    • Robert E. Matthews, 31, 1410 W. St. Louis Ave., Vandalia, was arrested on June 30 on charges of resisting a peace officer and possession of drug paraphernalia. No bond information was listed.
    • Ricky T. Harre, 55, 870 N. 931, Shobonier, was arrested on June 30 on a charge of criminal trespass to a residence. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 4

    ✔ Farina Fourth of July Celebration includes food vendors and beer garden at noon; parade registration at 2 p.m. and parade at 3 p.m.; SIETC Rebels at 3:45 p.m.; inflatables, pony rides, kids' games and bingo at 4 p.m.; American Legion Post 411 opening-national anthem and cake walk at 5 p.m.; Ivas John Band at 5:15 p.m.; Ben Nation Band at 7 p.m.; raffle drawing at 9:15 p.m.; J&M Displays fireworks at 9:30 p.m.; and Ben Nation Band at 10 p.m.

    Friday, July 5

  • Council OKs road closures for Wine & Ale

    The Vandalia City Council agreed on Monday to close two downtown streets for a larger edition of Wine & Ale with Abe.
    But, city officials said, they will have to get permission from the state for the closure of one of those streets.
    The council approved closing Gallatin Street from Third Street to Fifth Street and Fourth Street from Main Street to Johnson Street on Saturday, Sept. 28.
    Vandalia Historical Society President Susan Williams and Amy Gaffney of Blind Society were at Monday’s council meeting to explain their requests.

  • Fines, fees are up

    Illinois drivers will now be pay a heavier penalty if they’re caught using their phones without a hands-free device.
    In fact, they will be paying more for violating all minor traffic offenses in the state, and even more if they fail to pay their fines – now termed assessments – promptly.
    Drivers, smokers and vapers are also seeing their costs increase.
    Fayette County Circuit Clerk said on Friday that the assessment for all minor traffic offenses, without a fine, is increasing from $120 to $164.

  • Weather delays planting, wheat harvest

    For many Fayette County farmers, the unusually wet spring has caused delays in the planting of corn and soybeans. For some, it has caused the replanting of some crops, and for others, it has caused just enough planting to qualify for insurance claims.