Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured about 43 years ago, grew up in Fayette County. He is married and lives near Brownstown.

  • Cleanup Week is coming

    Are you having trouble walking through your garage because of all the “treasures” that have accumulated there? Have you tired of the junked items that have taken up residence in your back yard? Or are you fed up with the lawn mower you thought you could resurrect, but steadfastly refuses to run?
    If any of those scenarios sound familiar, you’re in luck.

  • News Briefs

    Saturday is call-in day
    for fair pageants

    This Saturday is call-in day for girls interested in competing in the Little Miss and Junior Miss pageants in Fayette County this summer.
    Parents of contestants for the Little Miss pageant (ages 5-7) may begin calling 427-3762 at  9 a.m. on Saturday.
    Parents of contestants for the Junior Miss pageant (in grades 6-8 this fall) may begin calling 427-3762 at 10 a.m.
    The first 20 callers in each division will be accepted for the pageants.

  • Logo selected for Fayette County family histories book

    The Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society has announced the logo for its Fayette County Family History Book – a sketch of the Vandalia Statehouse within the outline of Fayette County.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 2

    ✔ 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.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Devin J. Mathis, 19, 320 W. Jackson St., Vandalia, was arrested on April 30 on a charge of illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. Bond was $1,000.
    • Jacob Nishke, 20, 1525 Shelley Drive, Vandalia, was arrested on April 30 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $1,500.
    • Monty E. Evans, 31, Altamont, was arrested on April 29 for failure to appear in court in Fayette, Effingham and Coles counties. Bond totaled $152,000.

  • Arika Craig loves all types of music

    It seems like God gave Arika Craig a love of music when she was very young. Her taste in music is eclectic – she likes all kinds, and she wants to study and pursue a career in music.

  • Electric aggregation hearing is Monday

    Vandalia residents will have an opportunity on Monday night to learn more about the electrical aggregation issue they approved in the April election.
    During that hearing, a summary of the plan of operations and governance will be presented. That plan will explain the implementation of the opt-out municipal electricity aggregation plan.
    The roles of both the city and its aggregation consultant, Good Energy, “will be defined as they relate to various stages of the process,” according to the city’s legal notice for the meeting.

  • Murder for hire

    A judge ruled last week that a Farina man should go to trial on a charge of trying to arrange for the murder of his wife.
    Mark G. Fulk, 35, has been in Fayette County Jail since April 5, one day after authorities were told that he allegedly arranged to have someone kill his wife.
    Judge James Roberts ruled that Fulk should face trial on the Class X felony at the conclusion of a preliminary hearing last Wednesday afternoon in Fayette County Circuit Court.

  • A New Bridle Suite at VCC

    The Vandalia Correctional Center staff welcomed six new residents on Monday. Those new residents are unlike any others housed at any prison in Illinois.