Local News

  • City to use reserves to offset budget deficits

    The city of Vandalia will be spending more than it takes in during this fiscal year, using some of its cash reserves to offset deficits in two funds.
    The money spent in one of those funds, capital improvement, will include an expenditure to begin working on the replacement of a bridge just outside of town that was deemed unsafe more than two years ago.

  • Two arrested in Saturday raid

    Fayette County’s sheriff called on a regional tactical unit to conduct the raid of a Hagarstown residence early Saturday morning that resulted in the arrest of two individuals on felony charges.

  • Still watching spending

    Prior to the auditor telling Fayette County Board members that the county’s current assets declined again during the last fiscal year, the board chairman continued urging department heads to watch spending.
    Rod Croxford of the CPA firm Franklin and Vaughn told board members that the county’s current assets declined by about $580,000 last year.
    “That’s not good,” Croxford said. However, he added, the drop in the previous year was about $730,000, “so you stopped the bleeding somewhat.”

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    Sheriff recovers stolen vehicle

    Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith reported on Monday that his department had recovered a vehicle that was reported stolen in Indiana more than a year ago.
    Smith said that the owner of property along U.S. Route 40 in the Mulberry Grove area called his department about a suspicious vehicle on that property.
    The sheriff said that the vehicle "appeared to have been at that location for a period of time. We had to cut away brush to recover (it)."

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 14

    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 3-7 p.m. at First Baptist Church on U.S. Route 51 in Ramsey.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District meeting scheduled for this Thursday afternoon has been canceled due to a lack of quorom. It will be rescheduled in the near future, and notice of the meeting will be posted on our website and Facebook page.

  • Education budget rally draws hundreds

    Less than 12 hours after a large group of school officials from throughout the state congregated for a rally urging legislators to approve a new state budget, lawmakers did just that.

  • Lincoln Fest is this weekend

    The fourth annual Lincoln Heritage Festival in Vandalia this Saturday and Sunday includes a number of returning attractions as well as a few new ones.
    The attractions once again include two Civil War skirmishes and vintage baseball games.
    The festival, held in city parks along Fillmore Street, gets under way at 10 a.m., with Civil War camps and museum tents, tomahawk throwing demonstrations, children’s activities in the Locust Street pavilion, music by Prairieland Pickers and a new attraction, the 17th Corps Field Hospital.