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.

  • Judge dismisses charges in meth case

    The case against one of two individuals charged last month with methamphetamine possession and manufacture was dismissed last week in Fayette County Circuit Court.

  • Murder case hearing delayed

    A pretrial hearing related to the resentencing of a Loogootee resident convicted of murdering two residents of that rural community in 2010 has been rescheduled.

  • Abe Awards

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce broke from tradition this year in honoring two individuals for their service to the community.

  • We Apologize

    Second-grader Mallory Hopkins was inadvertently omitted from the list of students making the honor roll at Vandalia Elementary School as provided by the school.
    She was inadvertently omitted from the list in last week's issue.
    We apologize for the error.

  • Early voting now available

    Fayette County Circuit Clerk Vicky Conder, the county's local election official, has announced that early voting is now available.
    Conder said late last month that objections to several presidential candidates could cause a delay in the preparation of ballots and voting tabulators for the March 14 primary election.
    Late last week, Conder announced that those issues have been resolved an early voting is now available in the clerk's office at the county courthouse.

  • Fayette County Court

    In Fayette County Circuit Court last Tuesday, Matthew W. Shaw, 45, of Vandalia, pleaded guilty to driving while his license was suspended, and was sentenced to five years in prison by Judge Michael D. McHaney.
    Also on Tuesday, McHaney sentenced Aaron F. Hall, 39, of Taylorville, to four years in prison after Hall pleaded guilty to violation of sex offender registration.
    Last Friday, Bo J. Belcher, 21, of Vandalia, was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Feb. 11

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group will meet from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. at the Okaw Area Vocational Center on the Vandalia Community High School campus.

  • Lincoln's Birthday events this Saturday, Sunday

    Vandalia is again holding a two-day celebration to recognize the birthday of one of the most-famous people in world history, a man who got his political start in this community.
    “A Weekend with Mr. Lincoln,” sponsored by the Vandalia Tourism Commission and Vandalia Historical Society, begins on Saturday morning and concludes on Sunday afternoon.
    The two-day celebration kicks off with an open house at the National Road Interpretive Center at 106 S. Fifth St., just north of Vandalia City Hall.