Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – A crew from 20/20, an ABC news magazine, visited with Larry LeFevre, as it was doing a story on violence against divorce attorneys.
    Fayette County Hospital President Dan Gantz was given regional administrative duties by the BJC Health System.
    Bob Thompson was elected chairman of the new Vandalia Tourism Commission.
    Ed Taylor Jr. opened Noise Music and Sound in the 300 block of West Main Street in Vandalia.
    Elizabeth Zeman of Vandalia received the highest award in Girl Scouts – the Gold Award.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: The woman in this picture, shown with her two nieces, will be 90 years old this Sunday.

  • Tombstone found in fill dirt, returned to plot

    I was going about my Saturday morning routine when the telephone rang. Andy Craig was on the other end to tell me that a tombstone had been found in fill dirt brought in to level the lot on which the new Habitat for Humanity house has been built on North Second Street.

  • Youth Court may offer alternative

    When Fayette County youths run afoul of the law, they soon may find themselves at the mercy of their peers.
    Though it’s a different method of meting out justice, a new structure called Youth Court offers an alternative that just might work.

  • Marriage License

    The following marriage license application was issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:

    Bradley James Cearlock
    Amber Mae Yeager

  • Extension BBQ is Saturday

    The Fayette County Extension Foundation will hold a 4-H barbecue dinner from 4-7 p.m. this Saturday at Rogier Park in Vandalia.
    The menu will include a pork burger or butterfly pork chop, baked beans, chips, applesauce, homemade dessert and drink.  Tickets: 13 years of age and up, $7; and 5-12 years of age, $5; children under 5 eat free.
    In addition to the meal, a bounce house and horse-drawn carriage rides will be available.  A silent auction of various items will also be conducted.

  • Briefs

    September is library card signup month

    A library card grants access to books, e-books, computers, homework help, assistance with resumés and job searches, music, movies and more. In September, Evans Public Library will be waiving all lost card replacement fees, so it is a perfect time to update library cards.
    The library will also be giving out gift bags to the first 25 people who sign up for a new card.

    Crop survey, dinner are next Thursday

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 5

    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, September 7

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Robert L. Eddy, 38, RR 1, Herrick, turned himself in on Sept. 3 on a warrant in a divorce case. Bond was $2,500.
    • Rodney L. Craig, 37, 206 S. Superior St., Ramsey, was arrested on Sept. 2 on a charge of domestic battery. No bond information was listed.
    • Alexander B. Campbell, 20, Shobonier, was arrested on Sept. 2 on a charge of theft up to $500. Bond was $1,000.
    • Johnathan M. Este, 24, Fairfield, Ohio, was arrested on Sept. 1 on charges of driving while his license is suspended and speeding. Bond was $1,500.

  • Shimkus visits FAYCO

    The staff of FAYCO Enterprises hosted U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill., 19th District) last Wednesday, showing the congressmen work done by FAYCO clients in the sheltered workshop's facility on Sunset Drive in Vandalia.

    Above, FAYCO Marketing Coordinator Mike Sahr (far left) talks to Shimkus about the workshop. At far right is FAYCO Executive Director Kim Taylor.