Local News

  • FAYCO raises money for ALS research
  • VFW ruck march is this Saturday

    Brownstown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9770 is holding a fundraiser on Saturday that will have participants walking a considerable distance.
    The post is holding a nine-mile ruck march/walk, with participants taking off from the American Legion Home in Vandalia and trekking to the Post 9770 Home in Brownstown.
    For those not wishing to make the full march, there is an alternate starting point in Bluff City.
    After the march, a meal and refreshments will be served at the VFW Home, The event will include live music and raffles, including a gun raffle.

  • Briefs

    VCHS Alumni
    Banquet Sept. 27

    The Vandalia Alumni and Friends will hold the VCHS All-School Reunion on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the American Legion Home.
    The reunion included a social hour with hors d'oeuvres and cash bar from 5-6:30 p.m., dinner from 6:30-8 p.m., presentations of the Distinguished Alumni Awards at 8 p.m., and music and dancing from 8:30-10:30 p.m.
    The cost of the dinner is $25 per person.
    Reservation forms are available at http://www.vandaliaalumniandfriends.org/vecms3/userfiles/Default/2014All....

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 18

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, September 20

  • New VVFD Truck Delivered
  • Filing papers for April election available Monday

    While the focus is on the general election in November, it’s not too early to begin thinking about the election next April.
    At that election, to be held on April 7, area residents will fill posts in municipal, school and various district boards.
    Candidates for the April 2015 election can begin picking up nomination papers next Monday, with the filing period for the election being Dec. 15-22.
    Posts to be filled at the April election include:
    • Seats on city councils and village boards.
    • School board members.

  • Aldermen will discuss fundraising roadblocks

    Conceding that they might not even be able to prevent the practice, Vandalia officials still plan to discuss fundraising roadblocks at the next city council meeting.
    Mayor Rick Gottman told aldermen on Monday that he had recently received complaints about the roadblocks from three residents.
    Those residents, he said, expressed concerns about traffic and safety issues related to the roadblocks.

  • Simon stumps in Vandalia

    The current lieutenant governor and Democratic candidate for Illinois comptroller is a familiar face, with her family being regular visitors to Fayette County several decades ago.

  • Pool gets $315,000 in TIF from city

    After voting down one aldermen’s motion to give the Vandalia Swimming Pool project the full amount requested, the city council agreed to give $315,000 in TIF monies to the project.
    Alderman also approved another TIF grant for local developer Dennis Grubaugh, but the amount given was much less than what he requested.
    The Vandalia Park District Board submitted an application for a $400,000 Tax Increment Financing grant, with plans to use those funds to abate taxes related to its $1.27-million renovation of the pool.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Michael B. White, 23, Centralia, was arrested on Sept. 9 on charges of reckless driving, driving while his license is suspended and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $2,000.
    • Zachary A. Lay, 27, Mascoutah, was arrested on Sept. 8 on a charge of driving while his license is revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • A 17-year-old Vandalia resident was arrested on charges of theft more than $500 and theft of a motor vehicle. The youth was taken to the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center.