Local News

  • Ellis makes run for sheriff

    A Vandalia man who worked in law enforcement in Fayette County for close to two decades has announced his run for sheriff.

  • Braving the Cold

    If you think it’s been bad just going to and from your vehicle in this winter’s frigid weather, think about those who are out in the cold for hours at a time.
    Those include the employees of Vandalia’s public works department, who have been exposed to below-zero wind chill temperatures performing both routine and emergencies.
    “If you’ve got a water leak, you have got to repair it,” said John Moyer, director of public works. “You can’t put it off until warmer weather.

  • Elks orthopedic clinic in Effingham Feb. 14

    The Effingham Elks 1016 Lodge, in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corporation, will sponsor a free children’s orthopedic assessment clinic on Tuesday, Feb. 14.
    The clinic is from 8:30-9:30 a.m., by appointment only, at the Bonutti Orthopedic Clinic, 1303 W. Evergreen Ave., in Effingham. Dr. Timothy Gray will be the clinician in charge.
    To make an appointment call the Illinois Elks Children’s Care office at 1-800-272-0074 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. There are no charges for any services at this clinic.

  • Evans Library starts Teen Advisory Board

    Teen Advisory Board is a new program for junior high and high school students at Evans Public Library in Vandalia.
    The library’s TAB is a group of teens who advise library staff on how to better serve the library’s teen population. Members offer insight on library materials to purchase, programming ideas and other library-related activities.
    The TAB meetings are held once a month and last about one hour.
    During this time, teens discuss and plan upcoming activities, book suggestions, programming ideas and ways the library can help teens.

  • Evans Library gets grant for new books

    Evans Public Library has received a grant from The Libri Foundation, a nationwide non-profit organization that donates new, quality hardcover children’s books to small, rural public libraries in the United States through its “Books for Children” program.

  • City OKs TIF grant for pavilion at baseball/softball complex

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday an agreement with the Vandalia Park District that will allow a local group to continue improving the local baseball and softball complex.
    Through a Tax Increment Financing agreement, the city will give the park district a $5,000 grant, which will be used toward the construction of a pavilion.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 23

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Ramsey.

  • School district will likely finish year with a deficit

    At the midway point in the fiscal year, the Vandalia Community School District is in slightly better shape than it was a year ago, but Superintendent Rich Well said that it still will finish the year with a deficit of nearly $1 million.
    That deficit will continue to deplete the district’s operating balance, which now stands at just under $4.7 million.

  • A third water source

    The Vandalia City Council could vote in two weeks on an agreement that would provide a third source of water for the city.

  • Making it to the Red Carpet

    It’s a long way from Vandalia to the red carpets of Hollywood, but after six decades of toiling in relative obscurity in the stage and film industries, June Squibb has finally hit pay dirt.