Local News

  • News Briefs

    VBS at Parkview Free Methodist Church

    Parkview Free Methodist Church, located at 1507 W. Jefferson St. in Vandalia, will hold Vacation Bible School this Saturday.
    Registration for “Once in a Minion” begins at 9:30 a.m., and VBS ends at 2 p.m., with lunch being provided. The VBS is open to all children preschool age through age 10.

    VBS at St. Elmo Christian Church

  • Summer Reading Program Kickoff
  • Youth Workcamps coming in 2018

    Having been involved in several Workcamps Home Repair missions, Staci Carroll saw how the program allows youth to help individuals in need while also beautifying communities.
    Therefore, Carroll wanted to see about bringing the program to Vandalia. Her timing couldn’t have been better.
    “It was a God thing,” Carroll said about approaching Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman last year.

  • Recycling vote coming in two weeks

    The Vandalia City Council could be voting on a water bill surcharge for recycling in two weeks.
    Mayor Rick Gottman said at Monday’s city council meeting that results from a survey on the proposed monthly surcharge of $1.25 that ended on Sunday evening “have been collected.
    “We will have a full report at the next (council) meeting (on Monday, June 19) to be acted on.”

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 1

    ✔ Evans Public Library's summer reading program, "Read by Design," begins. Children age 3 through newly graduated high school seniors can sign up to win prizes for books read all summer long.
    ✔ 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 in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

    Friday, June 2

  • News Briefs

    Golf scramble for Lighthouse center

    A four-person golf scramble to benefit Lighthouse Pregnancy and Health Services will be held on Friday, June 23, at Ramsey Lake Golf Course.
    The entry fee of $200 per team includes golf, cart and lunch. An optional skins game is $20 per team. The event is limited to 13 teams.
    A number of prizes will be awarded. Hole sponsorships ($50) are available.
    Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., lunch is from 11 a.m.-noon and golf begins at noon.

  • Remembering those who sacificed
  • St. Elmo bank closed, assets purchased

    In announcing late last week that it had closed a long-time St. Elmo bank, a state agency also reported that the assets of that bank had been purchased.
    The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced on Friday that it, in cooperation with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., “took possession and control” of Fayette County Bank, which had been in operation since 1915.

  • City preparing to get new plan

    Mayor Rick Gottman concedes that the preparation of a new comprehensive plan for Vandalia is long overdue. But steps are being taken to remedy the situation.

  • Recycling survey

    City water customers have only a few more days to give their input on a water bill surcharge to help fund local recycling services.
    A survey created by FAYCO Enterprises late last week asks water customers to answer five questions, one of them being, “Are you willing to pay $1.25 per month to continue these (recycling) services?”
    The survey also allows those filling out the survey to make comments on the recycling issue.
    The cutoff for that survey is 8 p.m. on Sunday, with customers able to vote online or on paper.