Local News

  • Man agrees to 50 years for child pornography

    A Vandalia man who was charged in June with 17 counts of child pornography will serve up to 50 years in prison.

    Manuel D. Prater, 62, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to five counts of Class X child pornography charges, and agreed to a 10-year sentence on each charge, with the five sentences being served consecutively.

    Through the plea-bargaining agreement, the other 12 counts were dismissed.

    He was given 26 days credit for time served in Fayette County Jail since his arrest.

  • State school funding is good ... for now

    Superintendent of Schools Rich Well delivered good news about state funding to the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday, but with a caveat that the news applies only to the new school year.
    With state legislators and Gov. Bruce Rauner approving a stop-gap budget that included full education funding, Well said, “it looks like were going to be 100-percent funded.
    “It will be the first time in six years that we will have 100 percent of an education budget,” he said.

  • Local man charged with child pornography

    A Vandalia man is jailed on $350,000 bond after being arrested on child pornography charges.

  • City officials note dangers faced by police

    Recent fatal police shootings, and the dangers that the local officers face, were discussed twice during Monday’s Vandalia City Council meeting.
    Mayor Rick Gottman opened Monday’s meeting by asking for a moment of silence for the Baton Rouge and Dallas police officers killed recently.
    At the same time, Gottman offered the reminder that tragedies like those don’t just happen in large cities.
    “People think we’re just a small town, but things like that could happen here,” the mayor said.

  • Trash pickup changes

    Vandalia residents are being reminded this week of some new guidelines for their trash pickup.

  • Dash for Lash
  • State director gives info on handling hot weather

    With high temperatures expected over the next couple of days, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. is urging Illinoisans to take preventive actions to avoid heat-related illness like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

  • Fair Winds Down With Rodeo
  • News Briefs

    Tools for School distribution Aug. 10-13

    Tools for School, a program that provides free school supplies to Fayette County in-need students, pre-kindergarten through junior college, will be in operation at First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia on the following dates:
    • Wednesday, Aug. 10 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Thursday, Aug. 11 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Friday, Aug. 12 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Saturday, Aug. 13 – 9 a.m.-noon.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 21

    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Room at Evans Public Library.
    ✔ First National Bank in Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka, Mulberry Grove and Greenville will hold a come-and-go retirement party for Ernie Chappel at the FNB Financial Center, 311 Banker Blvd. Appetizers will be served.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.