Local News

  • Bids for swimming pool project opened on July 9

    Vandalia Park District officials will know in the near future whether bids for the renovation of the district’s swimming pool are in line with estimates for the project.

  • SWCD executive director explains potential impact

    Kelly Thompson, SWCD Executive Director
    Nearly $7.5 million Soil and Water Conservation District funding for FY 2016 has been named in the governor’s latest budget cuts and will be “suspended” July 1 if a balanced budget cannot be reached by the General Assembly.
    The suspension of funds accounts for district operations and cost-share project appropriations. If the suspension is not lifted, soil and water conservation districts around the state will be forced to dismantle their work force and offices will close.

  • Extension among proposed state cuts

    With this year’s Fayette County 4-H Show just around the corner, funding for the program that provides that show is among those in the spotlight during the state’s budget impasse.
    University of Illinois Extension is one of the programs included in cuts proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner as he tries to get state legislators to approve a balanced budget for the fiscal year that begins next Wednesday.

  • Prime Timers taking trip to Alton in August

    Fayette and Bond counties will be hosting a Prime Timers trip to tour the Melvin Price Lock and Dam in East Alton on Wednesday, Aug. 26.
    And after touring the lock and dam facility, attendees will enjoy a two-hour cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on the Mississippi River. Lunch will be served while on the cruise.
    This excursion is open for any Farm Bureau member.
    The cost of the day trip is $60. Buses will pick attendees up in Vandalia at 6:45 a.m. and in Greenville at 7:15 a.m.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 25

    ✔ 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. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

    Friday, June 26

  • Five RR crossings closed this week
  • Health Department holding Ladies Night Out
  • School board OKs amended budget

    The Vandalia Board of Education approved on Tuesday an amended budget that reflects, among other things, building projects associated with the relocation of some of the district’s younger students.
    The amended budget, as presented by district Business Manager Lori Meseke, includes renovations made to Vandalia Elementary School and Vandalia Junior High School, as well as the construction of a new maintenance building.

  • Vandalia hosting Law Dogs this weekend

    For the second time in two months, Vandalia is hosting an organization’s national gathering.

  • City working to solve water leak

    The city of Vandalia has asked for assistance from its consulting engineers is trying to take care of a water leak.
    And the mayor has asked the engineers to have the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take the city’s issue into consideration as they decide on the release of water from Lake Shelbyville.
    Marty Huskey, the city’s water plant superintendent, told the city council on Monday that they have been using purple dye in an attempt to find the leak, and believe it is between the city’s water and sewer plants.