Local News

  • City discusses school traffic, parking

    Parking and traffic took up much of the Vandalia City Council for a second straight meeting.
    After the council approved the addition of a stop sign for westbound traffic on Progress West Drive at Rock Island Avenue, Alderman Mike Hobler said he feels that city and school officials need to meet to discuss upcoming changes at Vandalia Junior High School and Vandalia Elementary School.
    The Vandalia School District is moving kindergarten and first-grade students from Jefferson Primary to VES and moving fourth-graders to the junior high.

  • City: 3 more crossing arms

    City officials agreed on Tuesday that of the options available to improve rail crossing safety in downtown Vandalia, the best alternative is adding three crossing arms at Sixth Street.
    Rodney Potts of John Crawford and Associates presented to Mayor Rick Gottman and four aldermen three options during a 45-minute work session.
    Aldermen Andy Lester, B. John Clark, Neil Clark and Jerry Swarm were present for that meeting, which was set after the Illinois Commerce Commission and Illinois Department of Transportation presented their rail safety proposal on Feb. 2.

  • News Briefs

    National Road birthday party Thursday

    The National Road Association of Illinois Interpretive Center in Vandalia will celebrate its sixth anniversary from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday.
    The celebration will include an address by Linda Hanabarger on the history of the National Road and Vandalia at 11 a.m. and a talk by Kathy Schultz on the Vandalia Memories Facebook page at 3 p.m.

    KC to hold charcoal drawing class

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Feb. 12

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The National Road Association of Illinois Interpretive Center in Vandalia will celebrate its sixth birthday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Linda Hanabarger will talk about the history of the National Road and Vandalia at 11 a.m., and Kathy Schultz will talk about the Vandalia Memories Facebook page at 3 p.m.

  • Remembering Abe

    Lincoln's Birthday celebration included the Lincoln Victory Ball on Saturday (first photo) and a program on Sunday, with Kevin Kaegy (second photo) speaking at the Vandalia Statehouse on Ann Rutledge; at right is Linda Hanabarger.

  • 2-hour parking

    Because of complaints about two separate matters, a Vandalia City Council is again going to take a look at the two-hour parking limit on Gallatin Street.
    Alderman Mike Hobler asked that the issue be referred to the council’s streets committee last Monday after Police Chief Jeff Ray told aldermen about complaints related to the parking ordinance.
    Ray said that a number of individuals who rent apartments in Gallatin Street buildings have complained about not being able to park for extended periods, including overnight.

  • Land for new water plant

    The city of Vandalia took the first step toward the construction of a new water treatment plant by purchasing land for that facility.
    In a meeting that lasted just a few minutes on Monday evening, the city council approved the purchase of property on Jackson Street from the Rev. and Mrs. Peter Kolb.
    The property is located just west of the current water plant, with the sale including four lots, along with some additional property, according to Alderman Andy Lester.

  • Gift from Buffet Foundation

    Early on in his first term as Fayette County’s sheriff, Chris Smith is making it known that he will try innovative ways to generate revenue for his department’s operations.

  • Lincoln events this weekend

    Vandalia will celebrate  Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday with two events this weekend
    The celebration kicks off  Saturday evening with the fifth annual Lincoln Victory Ball, an event featuring local residents in period dress performing period dances to period music.
    The Vandalia Tourism Commission is sponsoring the ball, which will be held from 7-10 p.m. at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
    There is no admission charge for those dressed in period clothing, and the cost for others is $5.

  • Three arrested on Class X meth charges

    Three area residents have been charged with Class X felonies after being arrested this week for allegedly being involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
    Charged with the manufacture of 400-900 grams of methamphetamine are Tommy Lee R. Stockton, 29, of Altamont; Justin K. Leonberger, 35, 319 S. Remann St., Vandalia; and Shana C. Reed, 19, 2087 W. Fifth St., St. Elmo.
    Reed has also been charged with possession of less than 15 grams of a methamphetamine precursor (a substance from which another is formed).