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.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 26

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Registration for library's summer reading program begins June 1

    Evans Public Library and McDonald’s are inviting local youth to sign up for the library’s summer reading program at the Vandalia library: “Read for the Win.”
    “Read for the Win” offers two reading programs this summer, one for children age 3 through sixth grade and one for students in junior high through newly graduated high school seniors. Students in fifth and sixth grades may choose either program.

  • Armed Forces Days
  • Bowen decides to seek 5th term

    About eight months ago, Bruce Bowen announced that he would not run for re-election to Fayette County’s coroner post. But, after no one filed petitions to run for that position this November, he changed his mind.
    On Monday, Bowen, a Republican filed paperwork with Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder, the county’s election official, that allows him to seek an unprecedented fifth term as coroner.

  • Three area events on Memorial Day

    Memorial Day will be observed on Monday in Fayette County during three events.
    Brownstown VFW Post 9770 will hold its annual Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Wall in the village park.
    State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) will be the keynote speaker for the event, and a community choir will sing several patriotic songs.
    Also during the service, Brownstown students Jacob Baron and Addison Cage will read their winning essays from VFW contests.
    At 1 p.m. is the 14th annual local edition of the Walk Across America.

  • Work to better school funding formula ongoing

    “My job is to fight for the kids in our (school) district.”
    That’s why, Superintendent Rich Well told members of the Vandalia Board of Education last week, he’s been spending so much time with state legislators recently.
    Well is among a group of school superintendents who are working to get a better, more-equitable system for funding school districts in Illinois, particularly smaller, downstate districts.

  • John J. Satterthwaite Sr., 69, Brownstown


  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Walt Barenfanger asked the city of Vandalia to take over maintenance of the road that runs west of Majestic Drapery and the old Crane Packing building. The council gave Mayor Rich Walker the authority to work with Barenfanger.
    The local postal food drive netted about 5,500 pounds of food for the CEFS Food Pantry in Vandalia.
    Darrell Gummert, principal of Vandalia Community High School, was elected president of the Charles R. Ruemmelin Foundation Board.