Local News

  • Council agrees to purchase fuel under contract

    The city of Vandalia will, for the first time, purchase fuel for city vehicles under contract, but the startup date for that contract has yet to be determined.
    Two weeks after South Central FS offered to sell gas and diesel to the city under contract, aldermen voted to accept that offer, but to let Mayor Rick Gottman decide when that practice will start.

  • Sheriff tells Fayette County Board about his aging fleet of vehicles with problems

    Fayette County’s sheriff told members of the county board on Tuesday that he is hoping to work with them on replacing a number of aging vehicles with high mileage in his fleet.

  • Circuit clerk, coroner hopefuls tout assests at public forum

    Candidates for the Fayette County offices of circuit clerk and coroner told residents of the county at a recent candidates’ forum why they are the best choices for those offices.
    Vying for the office of circuit clerk are Republican incumbent Kathy Emerick and Democrat challenger Ashley Towler, and the incumbent county coroner, Republican Bruce Bowen, is opposed by Democrat Lori Carter.
    For the forum, coin tosses were held to determine the order for opening statements and candidate answers to questions.

  • Water issue resolved

    What looked to be a lengthy meeting to discuss water line extensions to residents of the Vandalia Lake area turned out to be nothing much more than a brief informational meeting.
    Monday’s meeting was called by Mayor Rick Gottman to deal with complaints some lake area residents voiced last Monday about the city blocking Fayette Water’s extension of water lines to their homes.
    What those residents, and city aldermen, found out on Monday is that the city really has nothing to do with those water lines.

  • Let the Celebration Begin
  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, October 27

    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. All retired teachers are invited to attend this informational meeting. For more information, contact Diane Curll at 283-0492.
    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Vandalia beats Greenville in OT, 27-26, wins share of conference title
  • Bringing Back History

    First photo – Tom File (left) and Lana Morgan were among the volunteers who turned out on Saturday to begin the process of cleaning grave markers in the Old State Burial Ground, a project started by Dorothy Donley.

    The second photo shows that the cleaning process is making it possible to read old grave markers, some of which were placed in the cemetery close to 200 years ago.

  • City, lake area residents discuss water extensions

    A lengthy discussion on getting potable water to residents of the Vandalia Lake area that started on Monday night will continue next Monday evening.
    At the end of Monday’s city council meeting, after Mayor Rick Gottman called for a special meeting next Monday night for discussion on that issue, a group of lake area residents voiced their opinions to aldermen.
    At next Monday’s meeting, set for 6:30 p.m., city officials will talk with Fayette Water officials about the issue of getting water to lake area residents.

  • State's attorney hopefuls debate

    While all of the candidates for the three Fayette County offices up for election next month touted their qualifications and abilities, those in one of the races also challenged each other’s ability.