Local News

  • Pedestrian hit, killed in Saturday accident

    A St. Elmo man sustained fatal injuries while walking along U.S. Route 40 just west of St. Elmo early Saturday morning.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Gregory B. Stoner, 50, had crashed his vehicle in a private driveway and was walking west in the driving lane of Route 40 when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Ashley N. Lakin, 22, of Brownstown.
    According to Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen, the accident occurred shortly after 3 a.m., and Stoner was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:56 a.m.

  • Cannabis seized as part of traffic detail on I-70

    With mutual aid assistance from a number of police agencies in the area, the Fayette County Sheriff’s office conducted a traffic safety campaign along Interstate last Wednesday.

  • VPD again doing Shop with a Cop

    The Vandalia Police Department is again conducting its Shop with A Cop program during the holiday season.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, November 10

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce is holding a Business After Hours from 5-7 p.m. at the main branch of First National Bank in Vandalia, South Fifth Street entrance.

  • Election Day
  • Emerick, Morrison, Bowen re-elected

    All three Republican county office holders on the ballot won re-election on Tuesday.

    Circuit Clerk Kathy Emerick defeated Democrat challenger Ashley Towler, 5,361-3,816, State's Attorney Joshua Morrison defeated Democrat challenger Stephen Friedel, 4,767-4,318, and Coroner Bruce Bowen defeated Democrat challenger Lori Carter, 6,762-2,374.

    Emerick and Morrison are elected to second terms in office, and Bowen wins a fifth term.

  • Vandalia Lions Halloween Parade
  • Couple acquitted on charge of concealing fugitive

    A rural Beecher City couple was found not guilty of concealing a fugitive in a three-day jury trial last week in Fayette County.
    A Fayette County jury deliberated 35 minutes before returning not guilty verdicts for Brett A. and Linda R. Wood last Wednesday afternoon.
    The trial began on Monday with the selection of jurors and continued on Tuesday with Assistant State’s Attorney Brenda Mathis presenting the prosecution’s case.

  • Election next Tuesday

    Fayette County residents have a number of choices to make, from the top on down, when they step into the voting booth next Tuesday.
    In addition to having four choices for U.S. president and U.S. senator, county residents will have a choice when they vote for the three county officer positions on the ballot.
    And the residents of one Fayette County Board district will also have two options for the district seat up for election this year.

  • 'This is Home'

    The volunteers who showed up about a month ago to begin cleaning some of Vandalia’s oldest grave markers included about 10 local residents … and one came from far, far away to help out.