Local News

  • Tractor Sunday at Augsburg
  • No funding, but school starts

    As the Vandalia School District began a new school year on Wednesday morning, district officials were waiting to see if state legislators could agree on a plan to begin releasing state funds to schools.
    Because legislators had yet to agree on a funding mechanism that would allow the release of General State Aid payments, Vandalia and other districts had not received the first GSA payment last week.
    The second GSA payment is scheduled for next Tuesday.

  • A New School Year
  • Solar Eclipse

    Next Monday, a solar eclipse will be visible across the entire U.S. The last total solar eclipse seen coast to coast in the U.S. was in 1918.

  • St. Peter man charged with murder

    A St. Peter man who was released from prison about 10 months ago is back in prison after being charged with murder.

  • St. Peter man in custody for fatal shooting

    A St. Peter man is in Fayette County Jail on $1 million bond for allegedly firing a fatal gunshot wound on Friday.


    Alexander R. Beccue, 24, was taken into custody early yesterday afternoon for allegedly Joshua K. Smith early Friday morning.

    Smith was taken to Fayette County Hospital for treatment and died early Friday afternoon.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 10

    ✔ Tools for Schools, which provides free school supplies for in-need students in Fayette County, is open from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1221 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia, north entrance. All students must accompany their parents. For more information, contact the church office, 283-0937.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Room at Evans Public Library.

    Friday, August 11

  • Final E911 landline testing to be done soon

    Fayette County is moving closer to having Enhanced 911 phone service.
    Kevin Jenne, Fayette County’s 911 coordinator, announced late last week that the final landline call-through testing will begin as early as next week.
    Jenne said that Illinois law requires the Fayette County Emergency Telephone Systems Board to test landline phone numbers in each exchange randomly before going live with the enhanced system.
    The testing is to check the accuracy of the addresses in the telephone base, and it will require cooperation from the public, he said.

  • County seeing results from administrative firm

    One month after approving a contract with a Bloomington-based firm that will be providing administrative services, Fayette County Board members got a better feel for those services.
    During their meeting on Tuesday, board members learned that Bellwether plans to have a tentative budget plan to department heads by the middle of this month, perform a review on the county’s health care coverage, work on the development of a tool for labor negotiations and rework the anatomy of the county’s public building commission formed about 25 years ago.

  • Reassessing recycling

    Just one month after adding a $1 surcharge to monthly water bills for recycling services provided by FAYCO Enterprises, the Vandalia City Council has decided to take a second look at the issue.
    During Monday’s council meeting, Alderman Steve Barker said that Greenville radio station WGEL reported that FAYCO had signed an agreement with Bond County through which it would pick up recyclable items there for up to $7,200 a year, much less than what the city will be giving FAYCO as a result of the water bill surcharge.