Local News

  • TIF grants supported for new restaurant, historic house

    Vandalia aldermen on Monday night recommended Tax Increment Financing grants for a new restaurant and restoration work on an historic home that houses a state office.
    Also during that work session prior to Monday’s city council meeting, Mayor Rick Gottman told aldermen that after those two TIF applications are acted on, the program will be put on hold due to a sizeable project that is pending.
    Aldermen first recommended the approval of an application submitted by Charles Barenfanger for the historical Dieckman house at 129 N. Kennedy Blvd.

  • 'Huge success'

    The president of the Vandalia Historical Society believes that organization’s event at the Vandalia Statehouse on Saturday went over well.

  • Megan Wilson's address to the Vandalia School Board on bullying

    This is something that I have never dreamt of doing – standing up in a room to express how scared I am for our children. The word bullying is taken so lightly anymore in the state has tied the hands of our teachers in order to follow through with appropriate action.

  • Winter clothing give-away is Saturday

    In cooperation with Fayette County Real Estate, Vandalia Rehab and Health Care Center is hosting a free winter clothing and coat give-away this Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Donations of gently used winter clothing items and coats are being accepted through Friday at Vandalia Rehab and Health Care Center, 1500 W. St. Louis Ave., and Fayette County Real Estate, 725 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia.
    On Saturday, doors open promptly at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be provided.

  • Hammer set to plead next week

    A Vandalia woman who was charged in March of last year with seriously injuring her infant child said last week that she intends to plead guilty in the near future.

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  • FCHD to offer FIT screening for colorectal cancer

    Rhonda Andrews knows first-hand the importance of early detection of colon cancer, and the administrator of the Fayette County Health Department wants to make it easier for local residents to be tested.
    Andrews, who lost her husband to colon cancer about two years ago, is a member of numerous colon cancer coalitions, and was at a presentation about the Fecal Immunochemical Testing Project starting up in primary care centers.

  • Hagy announces run for treasurer

    Within just two days of the Fayette County treasurer announcing that she would not seek re-election next year, a Vandalia woman told of her intent to seek that office.

  • A big weekend in the community

    Vandalia Community High School is celebrating homecoming this weekend with a variety of activities, but there is also a lot going on in this area.

  • Bullying

    While she addressed the Vandalia Board of Education on the issue of bullying, the parent of a student in the local school system said it will take the entire community to address that issue.
    And after Megan Wilson finished reading a written statement prepared for last Tuesday’s meeting, Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Rich Well said that Wilson had been invited to join the district’s student discipline committee.