Today's News

  • County feels coroner status change to FT not possible

    A proposal to change the status of the Fayette County coroner from part-time to full-time appears to have been killed during a committee meeting on Tuesday night.
    County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder told county board members at a meeting of the finance committee that Assistant State’s Attorney Brenda Mathis had presented a resolution on such a change to be considered by that committee.

  • VCHS selling shirts to support family

    Vandalia Community High School is accepting orders for Izzy Strong T-shirts to support the family of student Isaac Isringhausen.
    All proceeds will go to the family of Jeff Isringhausen, who is battling cancer.
    Orders for T-shirts, ranging in size from youth small to adult XXL large, will be taken in the VCHS office until Thursday at 2 p.m.
    The shirts will be printed with VANDALS on the front and IZZY STRONG on the back.
    The cost is $15 per shirt, and orders must be paid at the time of the order.

  • KC offering late-starting classes

    Kaskaskia College will offer a group of late-starting classes for the spring 2019 Semester at the KC Main Campus, education Centers and online.
    These classes are designed with the student’s busy schedule in mind and are held so the student can stay on track toward meeting their educational goals.
    All courses will begin the week of March 18.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Devin J. Duckworth, 27, 819 N. Main St., St. Elmo, was arrested on Feb. 3 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500, and he was released at the order of a judge.
    • Cynthia C. Elliott, 51, 1008 W. Johnson St., Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 2 on charges of disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property. No bond information was listed.
    • Taylor R. Richards, 25, 104 E. Division St., Brownstown, was arrested on Feb. 1 for an alleged probation violation. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Friday, February 8

    ✔ There is no bingo at the American Legion Home in Vandalia.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.
    ✔ The Vandalia Community High School band is holding a spaghetti dinner from 4-7 p.m. in the VCHS cafeteria. Spaghetti and sides are being provided by Joe's Pizza. Tickets are $10 and are available from band members and at the door.
    ✔ The second annual Vandalia Alumni and Friends Pep Band Night is when the Vandals play Greenville in boys basketball.

  • Ingrams saved Schwarm cabin

    Some years ago, on a visit to Ingram Log Cabin Village near Kinmundy, I stopped in front of a primitive log cabin identified by the signboard as the Schwarm cabin.
    Additional information told that it had once stood near Hickory Creek in Fayette County, having been constructed of white oak logs about 1847.  

  • The Way We Were

    30 Years Ago

    1989 – The Fayette County Agronomy Day program drew 140 farmers.
    Five people filed nominating petitions for mayor: Rich Walker, Herb Walker, Jim Horn, Robert E. Carroll and Everett R. Jarrett.
    Debra Sue Logsdon was appointed Vernon postmaster.
    Tom Long was named manager of the Vandalia Kroger Store.
    St. Elmo’s eighth grade basketball team won its regional basketball tournament, beating Altamont, 47-31, in the IJHSAA finals.

    35 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

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  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Zachary T. Butkauskas, 32, 531 S. Cypress St., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 28 on a charge of aggravated domestic battery. Bond was $6,500.
    • William E. Thacker, 37, 330 S. Sixth St., Apt. 6, Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 28 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $5,000.
    • Ricky L. Hill, 31, Jacksonville, was arrested on Jan. 28 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $5,000.

  • Calendar

    Friday, February 1

    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

    Saturday, February 2

    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia is holding a Groundhog Day Story Saturday at 1 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to listen to stories and make a craft.

    Monday, February 4