Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1992 – As last week’s temperatures dipped below freezing, swelling peach buds – caught off guard by the unseasonably warm weather during most of March – succumbed to the harsh cold.
    The trial for a Bluff City man, Stuart Wayne Heaton, charged with the stabbing murder of a Ramsey girl, Krystal Lynn Naab, was scheduled to begin next week.
    An ammonia feed system is now removing an unhealthy byproduct from the city’s water supply.

  • Our sports facilities are second to none

    As the spring sports seasons get under way, one thing will be apparent to anyone who attends baseball, softball or track contests in Vandalia.
    That one thing is that Vandalia now has some of the best facilities in the area. It's notable because not long ago, all three of those facilities were among the worst that Vandal athletes encountered during their season.

  • Maddox House was social center of town

    The Maddox House on Gallatin Street was a social center of capital-era Vandalia,  and was known far and wide as one of the best hotels in the state.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kendan S. Worley, 33, Croydon, Pa., was arrested on March 26 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and speeding. Bond was $1,500.
    • Crystal N. Smith, 24, Salem, was arrested on March 25 on possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis and on an Effingham County warrant. Bond was $15,000.
    • Vincent B. Casseday, 44, Kinmundy, was arrested on March 25 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, improper lane usage and illegal squealing of tires. Bond was $3,000.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:

    Joseph Cole Younger Patterson
    Kerri Lynn Pruitt
    Christifer Adam Tate
    Kayla Leann Kellermann
    Jay Daniel Hinton
    Tower Hill
    Heatherlynn Crystal Saunders
    Johnny Ray Burgess
    Tanya Lynn Evans
    Andrew Allen Longwell

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 29

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ 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 30

  • Morrison begins run for office without opposition

    Joshua Morrison can be assured that he will have opposition this November as he seeks to become Fayette County’s state’s attorney.

  • Open house Sunday at museum

    Area residents will have the opportunity on Sunday to see improvements to the home of the Fayette County Museum, and to learn about improvements planned in the future.
    An open house will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the old Presbyterian Church at 301 W. Main St., the home of the museum and Artworks Gallery.
    The open house, which includes refreshments, is part of a fundraising effort for improvements to the upstairs sanctuary, which has been used for art shows.

  • Woman found guilty in cannabis trial

    A Fayette County jury deliberated only 15 minutes before finding a rural Vandalia woman guilty of cannabis manufacture.
    Tammy L. Finley, 50, was convicted of the unlawful manufacture of between 2,000 and 5,000 grams of cannabis.
    Finley was charged with the offense, a Class 1 felony, on Sept. 17, 2010. The offense is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $150,000.

  • Meth maker gets 18 years in prison

    A Vandalia man who was arrested on methamphetamine charges twice in a three-month period was sentenced to prison on Monday after pleading guilty.
    Eric L. Hohlt, 45, was sentenced to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of participation in methamphetamine manufacturing.
    Hohlt was sentenced to nine years on each of the two counts, with the sentences to be served consecutively, according to court records.
    Each of the counts is a Class X felony, punishable by up to 40 years in prison.