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.

  • Harvest Festival is this Saturday

    Oh, Master Gardeners and Volunteers,
    How Does Your Garden Grow?
    “With volunteers to toil, in the good, rich, soil
    and willing hands to water, weed and hoe.”

  • Project Going Swimmingly
  • Frazier, Daulbaugh named to Y posts

    The person who has served as the interim chief executive officer of the Family YMCA of Fayette County has had the interim part of his title removed.

  • Demolition completed – now what?

    What happens with what remains after buildings at the northwest corner of Fifth and Gallatin streets in downtown Vandalia were demolished? That issue spurred several different discussions at Monday’s city council meeting.

  • McCarter will oppose Shimkus for seat in Congress


    Saying it’s time for new leadership to restore, renew and recapture the bright promise of America, State Senator Kyle McCarter of Lebanon announced Wednesday his intention to run for the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 15th District of Illinois.

  • Pedestrian fatally injured in crash early Monday

    A Mulberry Grove woman was killed when struck by a vehicle as she walked along U.S. Route 40 near St. Elmo early Monday morning.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Crystal L. Snider, 32, was walking along Route 40 about two miles west of St. Elmo shortly after midnight when she was hit by a 2002 Buick Rendezvous driven by Arik Warner, 30, of Brownstown.
    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen, who pronounced Snider dead at the scene at 1:12 a.m., said that Snider was walking with a friend when the crash occurred.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Oct. 8

    ✔ Evans Public Library's homeschool group meets from 1-2 p.m. at the library. Those interested in attending should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District meets at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ 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.

  • Pedestrian killed in early Monday morning crash

    A St. Elmo woman who was walking along U.S. Route 40 early Monday morning was killed when she was struck by a passing vehicle.

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said on Monday morning that 32-year-old Chrystal Snider and a friend were walking three-10ths of a mile east of County Road 1950E when an eastbound car driven by Arik Warner struck Schnider.

    Bowen pronounced Snider dead at the scene of the accident at 1:12 a.m.