Local News

  • Graduation Day
  • Memorial Day information for Carlyle Lake

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake is preparing for a fun and safe weekend celebrating Memorial Day. Whether you enjoy fishing, camping, boating, bike riding or other outdoor activities, Carlyle Lake offers an abundance of recreation opportunities.
    While participating in water related recreation activities, always wear your life jacket. Over two-thirds of people who drown never had any intention of being in the water.

  • Fair Association Hosts Concert

    The Fayette County Fair Association hosted a night of music at the fairgrounds in Brownstown earlier this month.

    Performers included rising country music star Chris Cavanaugh, local musician Chandler Durbin and Sheena Flowers of the local band "Twisted Road."

  • Mayor given OK to act in caboose vandalism case

    The parents of one of the youths arrested in March for vandalizing Vandalia’s Little Red Caboose wants to make things right.
    The Vandalia City Council on Monday gave Mayor Rick Gottman the authority to sign off on the penalty for that youth, a penalty that has been suggested by the juvenile’s father.
    Gottman told the council that the father has offered to make repairs, along with some improvements, to the caboose, and to have his child perform various chores for the city this summer.

  • Band program's future on hold for now

    Though the Vandalia Board of Education had an hour-long meeting on Tuesday, most of that time – including a 40-minute executive session – dealt with personnel issues.
    At the end of the meeting, the board accepted the resignations of Luke Hohlt, Vandalia Junior High School guidance counselor and varsity baseball coach, and Brian Buscher, who stepped down from his position as girls softball coach. Buscher remains as a physical education teacher, assistant football coach and head boys basketball coach.

  • TIF request tabled

    Initially, the Vandalia City Council did not plan to even vote on Dennis Grubaugh’s request for city assistance in rehabilitating a barely used entertainment center.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 22

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive sponsored by Anderson-Scroggins American Legion Post 460 will be held from 2-7 p.m. at the Christian Church Fellowship Hall.

  • News Briefs

    Relay has Mr., Miss Little pageants

    This year's Relay for Life, set for June 7 at Rogier Park in Vandalia, will include Mr. and Miss Little Treasures pageants at 4 p.m.
    The pageants feature three age groups – 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12 – and will include casual wear, formal wear and talent categories. Subcategories are: most confident, best hair, most photogenic, congeniality and best talent.
    In addition to a winner in each pageant, first and second runners-up will be selected.

  • Armed Forces Tribute moved to VJHS; meal starts at 4 p.m.

    Because of wet conditions and the possibility of more rain, the second annual Armed Forces Tribute has been moved from the Vandalia Statehouse to the Vandalia Junior High School.

    Also, serving of the meal will begin at 4 p.m., one hour earlier than previously planned.

    The program, which will include local veterans and a performance by the Army National Guard Band in Springfield, will still begin at 6 p.m.

  • SAFE Luncheon

    Pat Hartke, left, board president of Sexual Assault and Family Emergency of Vandalia, registers for a raffle drawing at the recent fund-raising luncheon sponsored by SAFE at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.

    Assisting with the raffle was Sheryl Kyle, right, a counselor coordinator from Effingham. SAFE office assistant Sherry Hawkins said that the event served about 230 people and featured more than 130 giveaway or raffled items. SAFE has offices in Vandalia, Effingham, Centralia and Mt. Vernon.