Today's News

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  • Benefit for Tresten Wall is this Sunday

    A benefit is being held this Sunday at the Brownstown Elementary Cafeteria for a Brownstown youth battling cancer.
    The benefit, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., is for Tresten Wall, who was diagnosed at age 7 with medulloblastoma. He has been undergoing surgeries, MRI’s, radiation and chemotherapy treatments for over a year at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
    While undergoing treatments, he has been suffering from side effects that have resulted in multiple trips back to St. Louis.

  • Positive West Nile test on bird

    A dead bird collected in Fayette County has tested positive for West Nile virus.
    Jodi Smith, director of Environmental Health at the Fayette County Health Department, said that the positive test on a bird is in addition to the two West Nile virus positive mosquito batches detected so far this summer.
    The positive mosquito results demonstrate the continued need for protection from mosquito bites, Smith said.
    Surveillance for West Nile virus includes collecting dead crows, blue jays and other perching birds.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Sarah R. Allen, 35, Pana, was arrested on Sept. 10 on a charge of driving while her license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Tuesday Flowers, 35, 1905 E. 2250 Ave., St. Elmo, was arrested on Sept. 10 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.
    • Norlena D. Horn, 45, 315 N. Walnut St., St. Elmo, was arrested on Sept. 9 on charges of methamphetamine possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic needle. No bond information was listed.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Sept. 13

    ✔ The Association of Christian Truckers, located at the Brownstown exit of Interstate 70 will hold its annual Jamboree for drivers and retired drivers from noon-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and fom 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. It will include music ministry, fellowship and food.
    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will hold a meeting of its Homeschool Group from 1-2 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.

  • County rejects prevailing wage mandate

    Having passed a prevailing wage rate ordinance for the past several years only because they believed that they had to, Fayette County Board members rejected that ordinance on Tuesday after hearing from one of its members.

  • Former local priest accused of misappropriation of funds

    A Catholic priest who formerly served congregations in Vandalia and Ramsey has voluntarily removed himself from the priesthood.
    According to a story in today’s issue of The State Journal-Register and a statement issued by the Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese, Barry J. Harmon is proceeding toward removal from the clergy after allegedly misappropriating funds while serving in Vandalia.
    His voluntary removal is also due to other allegations as reported by the diocese.

  • Remembering 9/11
  • Filling jobs, training people

    A group of local school officials, business and industry people, and agency representatives met last week to discuss not creating new jobs, but filling the job vacancies that exist.
    About 50 people were on hand for the first meeting of the work force development arm of the recently established Vandalia ONE initiative.
    “This is the first step of many in a joint venture with Vandalia ONE,” Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jennifer Garrison said.

  • Community Picnic moved to junior high

    Due to a forecast predicting substantial rain at the end of this week and this weekend, the Vandalia Bicentennial Committee has decided to hold this Sunday's Community Picnic indoors at Vandalia Junior High School.

    The city’s bicentennial committee is holding the picnic from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

    The event includes a meal catered by Ponderosa Steakhouse, with the cost being $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 4-12, with children ages 3 and under being free.