Today's News

  • Food, shelter meeting set

    Fayette County has been chosen to receive funding to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
    The selection was made by the national board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities and United Way of America.
    The local board is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the county.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:

    Jacob Vernon Dilley
    Christina Marie Steber
    Tommy Lee Ray Stockton
    St. Elmo
    Jeanne Lee Rhodes
    St. Elmo
    Rodney Eugene Wright
    Karen Lea Hemingway
    Mitchell Lee Cole
    Ashley Renee Hagemeier

    Matthew Tyler Adermann

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Sept. 15, 2011

    • Nathan D. Livingood, 23, Bethany, was arrested on Sept. 13 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,500.
    • Michael S. Alsbury, 41, 206 N. Poplar St., Farina, was arrested on Sept. 13 on a charge of possessing more than 30 grams of cannabis. No bond amount was listed.
    • Amber D. Blair, 24, and Kelly D. Blair, 24, both of 206 N. Poplar St., Farina, were arrested on Sept. 13 on charges of possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond for each was $1,000.

  • Community Calendar-SEpt. 15, 2011

    Thursday, September 15

    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Sept. 15, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photos: These two members of the class of VCHS class of 1966 will be holding their reunion soon.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – More than 150 Vandalia Community High School students and faculty members gathered outside for prayer as “See You at the Pole” was observed nationwide.
    Louie and Josephine Franklin of Ramsey were observing their 50th wedding anniversary.
    A crew from NBC-TV was in Vandalia to interview local residents on such things as the economy, politics and the status of the country in general. The product was to be aired during the network news.

  • The Hurricane Settlement included church

    In 1816, a group of people moved from Warren County, Ky., to southern Bond County and formed a settlement. The Indians were unfriendly there, so the group headed northward, locating near the Dry Fork of Hurricane Creek, two miles south of the present village of Fillmore in Montgomery County.

  • Both sides must meet obligations

    As they received the city’s annual audit report last week, Vandalia aldermen learned that the city has trimmed its budget deficit from more than $500,000 to less than $50,000.
    That’s good news, because it’s an indication that city officials have been effective in taking steps to operate the city more efficiently and  to be more cautious when it comes to spending.
    That’s a trend that must continue.

  • VCC not one of state facilities targeted for closure

    The Vandalia Correctional Center is apparently not one of the state facilities that Gov. Pat Quinn has targeted for closure as part of his effort to cut state spending.

    According to a story on the State Journal-Register website, Quinn is proposing the closure of seven facilities:

    - Tinley Park Mental Health Center - 195 staff members

    - Singer Mental Health Center, Rockford - 150 staff members

    - Chester Mental Health Center - 464 staff members

    - Jacksonville Developmental Center - 420 staff members

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

     “Kitten On The Keys”…
    …was a popular, lively, cute and entertaining piano composition years ago (when I was young).