Local News

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 8

    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 12:30-5:30 p.m. at South Central High School in Farina. To make an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or go online to redcrossblood.org.
    ✔ Evans Public Library’s Homeschool Group will meet from 1-2 p.m. Anyone intersted in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary will meet at 6 p.m. at the Legion Home.

  • Cleanup Week is April 23-27

    Vandalia’s citywide Cleanup Week is about seven weeks away.
    At its meeting on Monday, the Vandalia City Council set Cleanup Week for April 23-27.
    During Cleanup Week, residents who are customers of Doty Sanitation can set out unwanted items with their regular trash on their regular trash pickup days. Phone calls to city hall for pickup of unwanted items are not necessary.
    Items that will not be accepted include: paint in the wet stage, car batteries, tires, brush and landscape waste, construction materials and hazardous waste.

  • Chamber president touts benefits of shopping locally

    Like others who have served in the position before him, this year’s president of the Greater Fayette County Chamber of Commerce urged chamber members, and all local residents, to shop locally as much as possible.

  • Next step in comprehensive plan process

    Now that Vandalia officials and city department heads have had their chance to give input on a plan for the city’s future, it’s now time for city residents to make their contributions.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced on Monday that on March 15, Vandalia residents can make their contributions to the development of a new comprehensive plan.
    That public meeting will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus on West Fillmore Street.

  • Safety for city workers urged

    Whether it be to repair water line breaks, fill potholes or paint road markings, Vandalia’s public works department employees are often working on or alongside roads in the city many times throughout the year.
    With that in mind, motorists need to slow down when they see city employees busy with those tasks.
    “People need to drive safely through work zones,” Alderman B. John Clark, chairman of the council’s streets committee, said at Monday’s council meeting.

  • Aldermen, Filer discuss matters related to city water supply

    The Vandalia City Council discussed just about all aspects of the city’s water distribution during its Monday meeting.
    The discussion started when Alderman Dorothy Crawford, chairman of the council’s water and sewer committee, reported on a “massive leak” late last week that “almost emptied both towers.”

  • Early voting now available at county clerk's office

    Due to a ruling handed down by the Illinois Apellate Court, the Fayette County Clerk and Recorder’s office is now open for early voting for the March 20 primary general election.
    Early voting is available in room 106 in the Fayette County Courthouse from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, through 4 p.m. on Monday, March 19.
    Grace period voting is available until 7 p.m. on election night, March 20.


  • We Apologize

    As a matter of clarification, the apartment complex mentioned in a story about a shooting incident in last week's issue is owned by Heart and Homes, not Heart and Home Realty.
    We apologize for any misunderstanding.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 8

    ✔ Evans Public Library’s Homeschool Group will meet from 1-2 p.m. Anyone intersted in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.

    Friday, March 2

    ✔ The Vandalia Moose Lodge will hold a chicken and fish dinner from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person.
    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.

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