Local News

  • Extension helping food pantries

    The face of hunger may surprise you.
    It’s the family of four where both parents work extra jobs to cover growing expenses. It’s the single dad trying to care for his children while attending night classes. It’s the senior citizen stretching his social security check to cover both medication and food. It’s the young high school graduate skipping meals to cover expenses of her first apartment.

  • State tourism director visits Vandalia

    For some time, Mayor Rick Gottman has been in touch with the director of the Illinois Office of Tourism, encouraging him to visit Vandalia. Last week, Cory Jobe took Gottman up on that offer.

  • Reeter hired for ROE post

    Angela Reeter has always had a goal of working for the Regional Office of Education. That doesn’t mean that it was easy to make such a career move.

  • Restructuring OK'd for Brownstown School District

    Following the resignation of the principal at its elementary school, the Brownstown School District has moved forward with some restructuring that has its other administrators pulling double duty.
    After the resignation of long-time Brownstown Elementary School Principal Angela Reeter (see separate stories), the district spread those principal duties between the district superintendent, Adam Bussard, and its junior-senior high principal, Mike Shackelford.

  • County makes another fund loan

    The Fayette County Board has continued to transfer funds to meet the county’s financial obligations, and to look at possible ways to alleviate the need to make such transfers.
    While the board on Tuesday approved another loan of up to $250,000 from the county’s capital improvement fund to its general fund, numerous board members said they don’t like doing it. But, they added, there’s really no other option at this time.

  • Council OKs 3 TIF grants, reads license requests

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday three Tax Increment Financing grants and conducted the first readings of two requests for liquor licenses that allow gaming operations.
    Two of the TIF grants are assisting with the startup of new businesses, both coffee shops, and the third is for a building currently housing a business.

  • Pipeline restoration work well under way

    The Southern Access Extension Pipeline Project was successful in achieving its December 2015 in-service date. Restoration, which is the final phase of the project, is under way and will continue through the end of summer 2016.
    Restoration crews are preparing to return the right of way to conditions established under landowner agreements and regulatory agencies.
    The Illinois Extension Pipeline Co. has been assessing soil conditions and other environmental considerations to optimize successful restoration.

  • Scarpaci Foundation Board awards grants to 17 groups

    The Scarpaci Foundation Board of Directors has selected 17 organizations to receive funding totaling $40,225.
    The Board received grant requests from many local causes.  Those chosen were:
    • Evans Public Library
    • Family YMCA of Fayette County
    • Fayette County Emergency Management
    • Fayette County Health Department
    • Friends and Families of Fayette County Hospital and Long Term Care
    • Kaskaskia College
    • Operation OUTING
    • OUR PLACE Youth Center
    • SAFE

  • Blackerby named assistant PD chief

    After lengthy discussions about Police Chief Jeff Ray’s recommendation that the city create a second-in-command officer position, the Vandalia City Council took that action.

  • City splits duties, fills building, code posts

    Having made the decision to split up the duties of Vandalia’s current code official into two position, city officials filled those positions within the past week.
    The council also discussed filling the position of city administrator.
    The action to fill the building/zoning official and code enforcement officer positions comes within about a week of the retirement of Keith Meadows, the city’s code official since mid-2002.