Local News

  • County still hammering out a new budget

    The Fayette County Board’s finance committee is continuing to fine tune a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and two members of the committee said that it’s not an easy task.
    “It’s an ongoing process,” Chairman Jeff Beckman told other board members on Tuesday, adding that the budget will not likely be well received.
    “It’s not pretty,” Beckman said. “We’re just going to have to do what we have to do,” he said, referring to the trimming of expenses.

  • Community Garden Harvest Festival
  • Three arrested on meth charges on Monday

    The Fayette County Sheriff’s office arrested three individuals on methamphetamine charges on Monday, with one of the men taken into custody on 15 charges.
    Arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver were Samuel E. Brummet, 29, of Ramsey; Justin D. Blackburn, 25, of Ramsey; and Jacob L. Lowe, 41, of Pana.
    Blackburn was also arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, use of property (a trailer) for methamphetamine production, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Bridge Project Under Way
  • Extending water to lake area discussed

    “We need to start looking for grants to extend water to the lake,” Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman said at Monday’s city council meeting.
    Gottman said that the city is interested in extending water lines to provide service to residents in the Vandalia Lake area, and he got aldermen’s permission to have the city’s consulting engineers, John H. Crawford & Associates, put together an estimate for such a project.

  • City looks to add 2-hour limitation with angle parking

    About six weeks after putting in angle parking in two downtown blocks, the Vandalia City Council will now vote on parking limits during the day in those blocks.
    The council, at the recommendation of its streets committee, will vote at its Oct. 17 meeting on an ordinance amendment for two-hour parking from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on weekdays in the 100 blocks of Fifth and Sixth streets.
    The ordinance amendment will also include the 100 block of Sixth Street, which already has two-hour parking signs posted.

  • VCHS students offered special training

    Students at Vandalia Community High School are being offered a class on first aid of a different kind.
    The Fayette Teen Issues Coalition is making available to VCHS students Youth Mental Health First Aid training on the mornings of Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 18-19.

  • Burglaries at lake investigated

    Local law enforcement authorities are asking for the public’s help in solving a rash of burglaries on the north side of Vandalia Lake.
    Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith said that as of Tuesday morning, his department had received 14 reports of break-ins at Vandalia Lake lots.
    Numerous items were taken during the burglaries, with the televisions being the most common, according to Smith.
    Anyone having information about the break-ins is asked to either contact the sheriff’s office, 283-2141, or call the Crimestoppers number, 283-1986.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, October 6

    ✔ 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, October 7

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Teen Advisory Board meets at 4 p.m. Teens interested in joining the board should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.

  • Three arrested on meth charges

    Three individuals were arrested on methaphetamine charges on Friday as a result of an ongoing investigation.