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.

  • Ohio man killed in I-70 accident

    An Ohio man was killed in a three-vehicle accident Thursday evening on Interstate 70 near the Brownstown exit.

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen and the Illinois State Police report that David Duke, 59, of Columbus, Ohio, was fatally injured in the accident, which occurred in the eastbound lanes of I-70 about a mile east of the Brownstown exit.

  • Looking at the library

    In addition to helping patrons of Evans Public Library find a book or other media through interlibrary loan programs, library employee Cathy Smith helps individuals with family research.

  • City hosting schools' budget event

    While Vandalia students will be in the classroom this fall for the start of another school year, there may be many districts in Illinois in which that is not the case.

  • AC Added at VCHS
  • FSA county committee nominations now accepted

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last Thursday that the nomination period for farmers and ranchers to serve on local Farm Service Agency county committees began last Wednesday.
    “Through the county committees, farmers and ranchers have a voice. Their opinions and ideas get to be heard on federal farm programs,” FSA Administrator Val Dolcini said.
    “I encourage all eligible farmers and ranchers across the spectrum of American agriculture, to get involved in this year’s elections.

  • Lions' hearing unit here on Friday

    To protect the hearing of the public through an early alert system, and to increase public awareness of the problems of the deaf and the capabilities of the hearing-impaired, the Lions Clubs of Illinois sponsor free hearing clinics.
    As part of that program, the Vandalia Lions Club is sponsoring hearing screening from 1-5 p.m. this Friday at Walmart in Vandalia.

  • Tools for School work under way

    Tools for School, a program for only Fayette County in-need students to select free school supplies, is beginning its work for 2016.
    Step one of the program is to receive donations from individuals, churches, businesses, clubs and others. Gifts of money enable the purchase of exactly what the teachers indicated their students need. Groups or individuals who wish to donate supplies are asked to contact the church to see what is needed.

  • Five arrested on mob action charges

    Three adults and two juveniles have been charged for allegedly attacking a male and female at an area residence.
    Information filed on Monday charged April Gates, 38; Brady W. Gates, 19; Ashley M. Swain, 19; and two juveniles, ages 16 and 17, all of Vandalia.
    All five individuals have been charged with mob action for allegedly acting together in attacking a male and female on Friday evening. Mob action is a Class 4 felony punishable by up to three years in prison.