Local News

  • Haunted house opens Friday

    The Halloween season kicks off this weekend with the opening of the haunted house provided by the Vandalia Swimming Pool staff.
    “Monster Manor” is again inside the former Washington School building in the 400 block of South Eighth Street in Vandalia.
    Admission is $6 per person, and all proceeds go to the park district swimming pool.
    The schedule for “Monster Manor” is:
    • Friday and Saturday – 7-11 p.m.
    • Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 22 – 7-11 p.m.

  • Candidates' forum is Thursday night

    Fayette County residents will have an opportunity this Thursday night to hear from the candidates for three county officer positions on Thursday’s general election ballot.
    The candidates for circuit clerk, coroner and state’s attorney are scheduled to participate in the forum, set for 6 p.m. in the Little Theater at Vandalia Elementary School.
    The forum is being sponsored by WKRV-WPMB Radio, The Leader-Union and Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.
    The candidates scheduled to participate include:

  • Volunteers sought for cemetery work

    A Vandalia woman wants to restore some of Vandalia’s history, and she would like some help doing that. This Saturday, Dorothy Donley will show those volunteers how to do the work.

  • Search for bank robber continues

    Authorities are continuing to search for a man who held up Midland States Bank in Farina last Friday morning.

  • County still hammering out a new budget

    The Fayette County Board’s finance committee is continuing to fine tune a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and two members of the committee said that it’s not an easy task.
    “It’s an ongoing process,” Chairman Jeff Beckman told other board members on Tuesday, adding that the budget will not likely be well received.
    “It’s not pretty,” Beckman said. “We’re just going to have to do what we have to do,” he said, referring to the trimming of expenses.

  • Community Garden Harvest Festival
  • Three arrested on meth charges on Monday

    The Fayette County Sheriff’s office arrested three individuals on methamphetamine charges on Monday, with one of the men taken into custody on 15 charges.
    Arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver were Samuel E. Brummet, 29, of Ramsey; Justin D. Blackburn, 25, of Ramsey; and Jacob L. Lowe, 41, of Pana.
    Blackburn was also arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, use of property (a trailer) for methamphetamine production, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Bridge Project Under Way
  • Extending water to lake area discussed

    “We need to start looking for grants to extend water to the lake,” Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman said at Monday’s city council meeting.
    Gottman said that the city is interested in extending water lines to provide service to residents in the Vandalia Lake area, and he got aldermen’s permission to have the city’s consulting engineers, John H. Crawford & Associates, put together an estimate for such a project.

  • City looks to add 2-hour limitation with angle parking

    About six weeks after putting in angle parking in two downtown blocks, the Vandalia City Council will now vote on parking limits during the day in those blocks.
    The council, at the recommendation of its streets committee, will vote at its Oct. 17 meeting on an ordinance amendment for two-hour parking from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on weekdays in the 100 blocks of Fifth and Sixth streets.
    The ordinance amendment will also include the 100 block of Sixth Street, which already has two-hour parking signs posted.