Today's News

  • This year's yields lower

    Fayette County farmers can expect to see corn and soybean yields lower than what they experienced last year, if last Thursday’s crop survey is any indication.

  • News Briefs

    EIU band at Vandals' game on Friday

    The Eastern Illinois University marching band, which includes two recent Vandalia Community High School graduates, will perform at the Vandals' varsity football game this Friday.
    Maggie Childers, who plays the mellophone, and Alexa Campbell, who plays the trumpet, will be a part of the EIU Marching Panthers' pregame performance. The EIU band will sit with the VCHS band until halftime, then perform two songs with the band at halftime.

  • McEndollar honored for 63 years in HCE

    Vontella McEndollar of the Wheatland Home and Community Education Unit was recently awarded with a Certificate of  Recognition for 63 years of membership in the Fayette County Home and Community Education organization.

  • Remembering Victims of 9/11

    Ray Karnes, left, and John McWhorter of the St. Elmo Fire Department conduct a memorial bell-tolling ceremony during the program held on Sunday by the St. Elmo Ministerial Alliance to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

    Other photos from the program are in a photo slide show to be added to our website this week.

  • County faced with big budget deficit

    As the time to finalize a budget for the upcoming fiscal year draws near, Fayette County Board members will be faced with some tough decisions.
    That’s the message that the chairman of the board, Steve Knebel, delivered to board members on Tuesday evening.
    “Right now, we’re looking at $639,000-plus the wrong way,” Knebel said, talking about the deficit with the new budget at this point in time.
    “It’s ugly, real ugly,” Knebel said.

  • 'Very unfair & a bit cruel'

    Though local officials have since learned that Vandalia Correctional Center is not on Gov. Pat Quinn’s short list of state facilities targeted for closure, State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) said at last Wednesday’s monthly meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce that the governor’s tactics of naming those facilities is “very unfair and a bit cruel” to employees and their families.

  • City makes a big dent in deficit

    The city of Vandalia’s latest audit shows a budget deficit, but one that’s considerably smaller than the start of that budget year.
    In fact, the local CPA whose firm performed the audit called that deficit “good news.”
    It’s good news, Dale Timmermann said, when you put the deficit in perspective.
     “When you started out (in April 2010), I think the budget deficit was about $600,000,” Timmermann said.

  • 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.