Today's News

  • Ruffner leaps 5-5 to set new high jump record

    Senior Sierah Ruffner twice broke the school record in the high jump earlier this week.

    With a leap of 5 feet, 4 inches at Breese Central on Monday, Ruffner broke her old record of 5 feet, 3 inches.

    She bettered that by another inch at Roxana on Tuesday.


    The Vandalia boys track team will take part in its first home track meet of the spring on Thursday.

    Patoka, St. Elmo and Altamont will be the other teams at the meet, which begins at 4 p.m.

  • Senior Spotlight: Connor Beasley

    ST. ELMO – High school athletes often joke about outlandish accomplishments that they would like to achieve.

    Not that breaking St. Elmo’s single-game strikeout record was an outlandish feat for senior Connor Beasley, but he still just laughed it off when it was suggested he should strike out 19 batters before Monday night’s game.

  • Rev. Becker has had a full life in 90 years

    When one walks into the Rev. Lawrence Becker’s apartment at Brookstone Estates, a unique and pretty scene greets them in the form of a painting on the wall.

  • Raising funds & enhancing lives

    At a spaghetti dinner held to raise funds for the Fayette County Extension Foundation, volunteers of all ages were serving patrons.
    That only makes sense because of the purpose of University of Illinois Extension.

  • Farina man charged with murder solitication

    A Farina man is being held in Fayette County Jail without bond for allegedly trying to have his wife killed.
    Mark G. Fulk, 35, was arrested last Friday on a charge of solitication for murder.
    The office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison has charged Fulk with solicitation of murder for hire, a Class X felony.
    In the information, Morrison’s office alleges that Fulk approached a man and offered to him cash, a motorcycle, auto shop and house as payment for killing his wife.

  • All but Ramsey OK electric aggregation

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    St. Elmo



  • Gottman wins re-election; Myers wins in St. Elmo

    Ricky Gottman won a fourth term as Vandalia’s mayor, taking a little more than 58 percent of the vote in defeating challenger Brian J. Stout.

  • Unofficial Fayette County Vote Totals

    Ricky J. Gottman-739
    Brian J. Stout-531

    City Clerk
    Peggy Bowen-1,150

    Ward I-Jerry Swarm-130
    Ward II-Dorothy Crawford-247
    Ward III-Mike Hobler-276
    Ward IV-John A. Lester-436

    ST. ELMO
    H.L. “Ernie” Myers-303
    Larry R. Tish-137
    Dennis R. Riley-4

    City Clerk
    Patricia L. Mathis-391

    City Treasurer
    Mary E. Magnus-398


  • Gottman wins re-election; Myers wins in St. Elmo

    Mayor Ricky Gottman won a fourth term as mayor, defeating Brian J. Stout, 633-465.I

    In St. Elmo, Ernie Myers defeated incumbent Larry Tish, 278-118, to win the mayoral race.


  • Mayoral Questionnaire-Brian J. Stout

    Occupation: Insurance claims adjuster.
    Education: Attended Indiana Bible College and Vale National Claims School and graduate of Kaskaskia College and Missouri Auction School.
    Family: Wife, Chelsea; and two daughters, ages 2½ and 1.
    Church, club memberships: Metro Community Church.
    Offices held in past, elected and otherwise: N/A
    Why did you decide to run for office?