Local News

  • Election 2018

    County Coroner

  • We Apologize

    In our election coverage in this week's issue, Treasurer candidates Michelle Hagy should be listed as a Republican and Lucas Watson should be listed as a Democrat.

    We apologize for the error.

  • Moment of Reflection
  • Hammer sentencing is postponed again

    The sentence hearing for the Vandalia woman who has been convicted of seriously injuring her infant child has again been delayed.
    A sentencing hearing for Aubree Hammer was scheduled for Wednesday morning, but on Monday, Hammer’s sentencing was reset for 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 29.

  • On the clock

    Fayette County could be adding a time clock in the future.
    At Tuesday’s meeting of the Fayette County Board, Joe Hart of Bloomington-based Bellwether, the county’s administrative consultant, told board members that he will be demonstrating a time clock on Friday.
    “We’ll move forward from there,” Hart said.
    Also at Tuesday’s meeting, board Chairman Jeff Beckman asked County Treasurer Rose Hoover about the current state of the county’s finances.

  • Lions celebrate 90th anniversary

    Back in 1928, 19 Vandalia men got together to form a local arm of an young international service club.

  • Two California men arrested on Class X cannabis charges

    Two California men have been charged with Class X felony cannabis charges after being arrested in Fayette County last Thursday.
    Christian O. Peralta Martinez, 34, of Miranda, Calif., and Shawn E. Hulsey, 33, of Leggett, Calif., were arrested on charges of cannabis trafficking, delivery of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, possession of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis and calculated cannabis conspiracy.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 15

    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. in the Ramsey Grade School cafeteria.
    ✔ The United Methodist Men will hold their annual pancake and sausage supper from 4:30-7 p.m. in Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church, 127 N. Fourth St., Vandalia. Donations will be accepted, and funds raised support the UMM projects, including coats and shoes for children at Christmas.

  • NHS Pinning Ceremony
  • Residents need to use paper bags for landscape waste

    As Vandalia residents plan to clear their yards of limbs, leaves and other landscape waste, they are reminded that only paper bags are to be used for grass clippings and leaves.
    The landscape waste in paper bags, as well as limbs and sticks, is to be placed in a pile along their street for pickup.
    Vandalia’s public works department routine runs routes for pickups of landscape waste once a week, usually early in the week, depending on the weather.
    Large, 30-pound paper bags are available locally at a number of local businesses.