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.

  • Briefs

    22/22 Challenge begins on Jan. 2

    With a 2012 study conducted by the Veterans Administration that shows that 22 veterans commit suicide each day, Northside Christian Church is inviting community members to join a national challenge at the Family YMCA of Fayette County.
    The challenge is to do 22 pushups each day for 22 days.

  • Banks of the Okaw

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  • Readers' photos of storm damage in the county
  • Sentence of 11 1/2 years in sexual assault case

    A Farina man last Friday agreed to a prison term of 11½ years upon pleading guilty to a count of predatory criminal sexual assault.

  • Saturday lake meeting is only 'informational

    The city of Vandalia has invited homeowners of the lake area to a meeting on Saturday morning to discuss its options with leased lots on the south side of the lake.
    That 10 a.m. meeting at city hall, Mayor Rick Gottman said, “is for informational purposes only, to get the input of the people at the lake.
    “I’ve had people approach me and ask if there’s any way that they could annex into the city,” Gottman said.
    “Also, there are people come to me wanting to know what it would take to buy their (land),” the mayor said.

  • Results of Recycling Survey

    • 329 responses – 63 on paper, 392 online.
    #1 – Do you use the recycling drop-off centers in Vandalia – Yes, 246; No, 146.
    #2 – Select which recycling center(s) you use – traditional, 235; electronic, 139; neither, 133.
    #3 – Are you a Vandalia water customer? Yes, 307; No, 83.
    #4 – Are you willing to pay $1.25 per month to continue these services? Yes, 168; No, 140; Not applicable, 80.
    #5 – Analysis removing “Not Applicable” – Yes, 168 (54.55%); No, 140 (45.45%).

  • Survey says: 54.5% favor surcharge

    Now that they have the results of a recycling survey in their hands, Vandalia aldermen will likely have two weeks to study them before acting on the proposal for a recycling surcharge.
    The results of that 11-day survey, presented by Kim Taylor, executive director of FAYCO Enterprises, show that 392 people voted either online or on paper.
    Of those voting, 307 are city water customers, and of those, 54.55 percent support a surcharge to city water bills to support the recycling programs offered by FAYCO and the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District.

  • Sunday storm hits area hard

    Standing outside her destroyed home just eight hours after firefighters rescued her from it, Patti West said, “We’re lucky.”