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Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1998 – Mayor Sandra Leidner presented to the city council a proposed restructuring of the Vandalia Tourism Council.
    Vandalia Community High School senior Marc Sikma signed a letter of intent to play football at McKendree College in Lebanon.
    The Vandalia City Council approved the purchase of three lots in the 300 block of South First Street. Mayor Sandra Leidner said she would like to see that area developed into historical park.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photos: These "four good ol' tater-eatin country boys" grew up in Hagarstown.

  • Augsburg church's 100th anniversary

    This Sunday, Immanuel Lutheran Church at Augsburg, rural Shobonier, will echo in song and praise to God, who has sustained the congregation for the past 143 years.

  • Take advantage of the county fair

    The hot, steamy weather is here in full force – that can only mean that it's time for the Fayette County Fair.
    The 2018 4-H show begins on Saturday morning with the horse and pony show, then the fair kicks off on Sunday at 3 p.m. with a demolition derby.
    The grandstand activities include the Miss Fayette and Little Miss pageants on Monday evening and the Jr. Miss and Future Miss pageants on Tuesday evening.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Paula D. Miller-Stanley, 51, 203 W. Madison St., Vandalia, was arrested on July 9 on a charge of criminal damage to real property. Bond was $1,200.
    • Abed E. Said, 24, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., was arrested on July 9 on a charge of aggravated stalking. He was being held for Florida authorities.
    • Jamey M. Rhodes, 21, 208 E. Main St., Brownstown, was arrested on July 9 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $3,500.
    • Alvin Jones, 39, Chicago, was arrested on July 9 for an alleged probation violation. No bond information was listed.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 12

    ✔ Catholic Charities' Ramblin' Rose Bus, which provides free basic school supplies and clothing for children in grades K-12, will be at the Lions Club pavilion in Ramsey from 4-6 p.m.
    Friday, July 13

    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-6 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey.
    ✔ 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.

  • County OKs another fund transfer

    The Fayette County Board approved another transfer from its capital improvement fund to its general fund on Tuesday.
    But a representative of the firm providing administrative services for the county said that the county’s budget is currently in good shape.
    The county approved transferring up to $350,000 from the capital improvement fund, and Kat Lange of Bellwether said that the resolution allowing the transfer includes a stipulation that funds received through property taxes be used to repay the amount transferred.

  • Second sanctuary resolution

    One month after the Effingham County became a sanctuary county for gun owners, Fayette County followed suit. Now, the Fayette County Board has again taken the same action as their neighbors.
    This is now a sanctuary county for unborn human beings, due to action taken on Tuesday by the Fayette County Board.
    The board voted unanimously to approve that resolution, which mirrors a resolution approved in Effingham County last month.

  • Late tax bills this year

    Property owners may be receiving their Fayette County tax bills a month later than usual, and possibly two months later.

  • County OKs new real estate fee structure

    The Fayette County Board on Tuesday approved a resolution changing the structure for real estate recording fees.
    The resolution implements a “predictable fee schedule that eliminates surcharges or fees based on the individual attributes of a standard document to be recorded.”
    Under the resolution, land documents include deeds, leases, amendments, interest documents, mortgages, easements or miscellaneous documents effecting the definition of documents containing a legal property description.”