Local News

  • 6-5 vote

    The Fayette County Board last Tuesday approved a new tax levy that gives the county an additional $36,000 in the coming fiscal year, but only by the narrowest of margins.
    The board approved the $2.215-million tax levy in a 6-5 vote, with board members John Daniels Jr., Troy Pattillo, Darrell Schaal, Dean Bernhardt, Joe Kelly and Glen Gurtner voting for it, and Wade Wilhour, Glen “Whitey” Daniels, Chairman Jeff Beckman, Jake Harris and Jean Finley casting dissenting votes. Keith Cole, John Blythe and Chad Austin were not present.

  • County tables 'low-speed vehicles' law

    The Fayette County Board was scheduled to vote last Tuesday on an ordinance allowing the “operation of low-speed vehicles” on rural roads in the county, but action on that issue was quickly tabled.
    Fayette County State’s Attorney told The Leader-Union that some time ago, he was approached about such an ordinance, and that the proposed law was drafted after it was suggested by county board member Jake Harris.

  • Redman gives Veterans Day address

    Blaine Redman told a packed house at Northside Christian Church last Wednesday that many people view Veterans Day in different ways.

  • Soroptimist Cookie Walk
  • Fire Destroys Garage
  • Fire Destroys Garage
  • VES Fun Fair
  • Shop with a Cop

    The Vandalia Police Department is again partnering with Land of Lincoln Credit Union for its Shop with a Cop program.
    Through the program, the police department takes a number of local children shopping for Christmas. Last year, the department was able to serve 11 children.
    The department is raising money for the program through November, with donations being accepted at the VPD, 219 S. Fifth St., and Land of Lincoln Credit Union, 925 New York Drive, Suite 4.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Nov. 12

    ✔ The Vandalia Park District meets at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

  • Jury trial reset after a mistrial

    A new trial date has been set for a local woman whose trial at the end of last month was canceled because she allegedly interacted with jurors.
    A jury trial for Tiffany M. Siebert, 28, of Vandalia, on a charge of domestic battery got under way on Oct. 27 with jury selection.