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Today's News

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 15

    ✔ The Tools for School distribution will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 1221 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Thursday, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday. Entry at the church is through the north door, and all students must accompany their parents. For more information, call 283-0937.
    ✔ 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.

  • Fulk's motion to suppress overhear denied

    Judge James Roberts conceded that, in hindsight, it might have been nice to have had more information before allowing the Illinois State Police to conduct an overhear operation.
    But, Roberts said last Friday, he still believed that there was enough evidence to allow for that eavesdropping operation in the case of a Farina man charged with trying to have his wife killed.
    At the end of a three-hour hearing, which included testimony from three state police investigators, Roberts denied a motion filed by the attorney for Mark Fulk.

  • Wet spring delays Ramsey school project

    A wet spring has translated into issues with a major building project as the Ramsey School District prepares for the fall return of students.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This week's photo from the Vandalia Memories Facebook page is another postcard from the collection of Larry Emerick.

    This postcard features an aerial view of Jay's Restaurant and Motel, which were at the intersection of Eighth Street and Gochenour. This and many photos from Vandalia's past are featured on the Facebook page started by Vandalia resident Kathy Schultz. Many of the photos feature comments that both help tell their history and relate the memories of current and former residents.

  • We Apologize

    It was reported in last week's Public Record section that Gregory Moreland of Ramsey has been arrested for failure to appear in court. Court records show that he had paid court-ordered amounts and that a warrant for his arrest should not have been issued.
    We apologize for the error.

  • Man recovering from attack by bear

    A rural Beecher City man is recovering in a St. Louis hospital from injuries sustained when he was attacked by a bear that he had raised.
    The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office reported on Monday that the “unprovoked attack” on a 64-year-old had occurred at about 9:30 a.m. on Sunday.
    The man, Marion Julius, was initially airlifted to St. John’s Hospital and was later airlifted to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.

  • Clothes Closet open to all St. Elmo people

    The First United Methodist Church’s stately parsonage on Walnut Street in St. Elmo is no longer used as a parsonage, but it continues to fill a need for the community.

  • No action on Mabry license

    The Fayette County Board was scheduled on Tuesday to vote for the third time on a request from a couple planning to operate a restaurant on Vandalia Lake.
    But there was no vote, despite the wishes of several board members.
    Board Chairman Steve Knebel asked that the request from Steve “Luke” and Latisha Mabry for a liquor license be tabled until the September meeting.
    Board member Jean Finley didn’t want to table the matter. “I’d like to vote on it and get it over with,” she said.

  • Park board gets rough estimate for pool work

    To Lisa Robbins, the Vandalia Swimming Pool is more than just a place for people of all ages to cool off on a hot summer day – much more.

  • Residents trash waste ordinance

    Close to 200 people attended a public hearing that the Fayette County Board held on Tuesday to hear residents’ opinions on a proposed solid waste ordinance.
    And most of those present were ready and willing to offer the opinion that passage of such an ordinance would be a bad idea.
    In the end, county board Chairman Steve Knebel said that what has been presented as a proposed ordinance would not be approved, and that the idea of having any type of such ordinance may die out.