Local News

  • Northside Church Pays Tribute to Veterans

    The congregation of Northside Christian Church in Vandalia welcomed back a couple of familiar faces to help them observe Veterans Day.

    The church combined its regular Sunday service with a program to honor veterans, as well as those currently serving in the armed forces. The Rev. Carl Rhodes (second photo), the former pastor of the church, was invited to be the guest speaker for the program and deliver the Sunday sermon. Rhodes and his wife, Pat, are both veterans.  Veterans on hand for the combined program and service included Brad Elmore (first photo).

  • Bellwether, Wilhour respond to letter

    The two parties that County Coroner Bruce Bowen mentioned in his letter of resignation last week responded in writing to comments made by Bowen.
    In his resignation letter to county board Chairman Jeff Beckman, Bowen expressed his displeasure with the county’s new budget preparation process, saying that he was excluded from the process.
    “All the other department heads were scheduled for a budget meeting and allowed input on their budget; I was not,” he said.

  • County board accepts resignation from coroner

    The need for Fayette County to find a new coroner became official on Tuesday night.
    The county board accepted the resignation of Bruce Bowen, who submitted a letter to board Chairman Jeff Beckman last week.
    In asking for a motion on Bowen’s resignation, Beckman thanked Bowen for his service to the county.
    Bowen thanked everyone for their assistance and support during his tenure.
    “I apologize to the citizens for leaving early,” he said, adding that he felt it was time to step down from the post.

  • County OKs levy with slight hike

    While the new budget for Fayette County was approved without discussion on Tuesday night, the same was not true for the county’s new levy.
    That new levy, which has a total that is 2.93 percent above last year’s total tax extension, was opposed by four members – Wade Wilhour, Chad Austin, Keith Cole and Glen “Whitey” Daniels.
    While those four members voted against the levy passage, voting for it were Chairman Jeff Beckman, Vice Chairman Darrell Schaal, Dean Bernhardt, Glenn Gurtner, Jenny Waggoner, John Daniels Jr. and Bryce Kistler.

  • The End of a Record Season
  • Dakota Pipeline gives EMA $20,000

    Dakota Access Pipeline, LLC announced last week plans to donate $20,000 to each Emergency Management Agency across Illinois in the counties through which the pipeline travels, totaling $240,000.

  • Briefs

    VCHS 2018 yearbook orders taken

    Copies of the 2018 Vandalois, the Vandalia Community High School yearbook, may now be ordered at the school.
    The cost is $48, or $54 with a name embossed on the cover. The deposit amount required is $25.
    Copies of the yearbook can also be ordered online at www.balfour.com.

    VCHS Talent Show is this Thursday

    The annual VCHS Talent Show will be held at 7 p.m. this Thursday in the Vandalia Community High School gym.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, November 9

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2  p.m. at the library. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Room at Evans Public Library.
    ✔ The United Methodist Men will hold their annual fish fry from 4:30-7 p.m. in Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church. The proceeds are used to purchase coats and shoes for needy children in the area at Christmastime.

  • City given refresher course on TIF program

    Some city officials, and a few residents, got a refresher course on the state’s Tax Increment Financing program on Tuesday afternoon.
    At the request of Alderman Andy Lester, the city invited Mike Weber and Adam Stroud of PGAV Planners, which specializes in the TIF program and other municipal services, to give that course.
    Mayor Rick Gottman said that city officials wanted Weber and Stroud to talk about such things as how TIF funds can be spent and the establishment of rules and regulations that “help this governing body make decisions.”

  • Olde Tyme Christmas is Friday, Saturday

    A variety of activities this Friday night and Saturday will serve as the kickoff of the holiday season.
    Olde Tyme Christmas begins at 5 p.m. on Friday with the lighting of the city Christmas tree at Seventh and Gallatin streets, followed by Christmas carols, and runs through Saturday.
    The carols will be followed by the Vandalia Rotary Club’s Christmas Parade. Participants in the parade will include Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will be visiting with local children after the parade in the former Copper Penny building at 125 S. Fourth St.