Local News

  • Smith will seek second term

    Chris Smith feels he has accomplished a number of things in his first four years as Fayette County’s sheriff. Now, he’s ready to hold that post for another four years.

  • County OKs outside work on courthouse

    The Fayette County Board approved on Tuesday the low bid from a Vandalia contractor for exterior work on the county courthouse.
    The board accepted Lester Construction’s bid of $119,500, the lowest of two bids for the work, which will include guttering and window wells.
    Explaining the project, Chad Austin of the board’s building and grounds committee said that it’s “work that has got to be done before there’s more damage (to the exterior).”

  • Multiple partners, benefits

    Local farmers looked over the crops at the research center south of Brownstown last week, though it was a different group of people who planted those crops this year.

  • City oiling streets on west end of town, at lake

    Weather permitting, Vandalia's Public Works Department began on Tuesday, as indicated in red lines on the map shown here.

    They will also be oiling roads on both the north and south sides of Vandalia Lake.
    Because of this, city workers will not be picking up brush and other landscape waste until the middle of this month.

  • FAYCO Enterprises continues to receive accreditation

    CARF International announced that FAYCO Enterprises Inc. has been accredited for three years for its developmental training, residential and employment programs.
    This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards.

  • VCHS student council helping Texas grade school

    In response to the devastation caused in Texas by Hurricane Harvey, the Vandalia Community High School student council has adopted an elementary school in Texas.
    The student council will be accepting donations for students in pre-K through fifth grade at Southside Elementary School in Angleton, Texas.
    Donations appropriate for ages 5-11 are being accepted at the high school through next Friday and also at the varsity football Pink Bowl game with Greenville this Friday night.
    Items that are most needed include:
    • Backpacks

  • Calendar

    Friday, September 8

    ✔ Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 will hold bingo at 7 p.m. at the Legion Home; doors open at 5:30 p.m.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

    Saturday, September 9

  • Beccue pleads not guilty to murder

    The St. Peter man who allegedly fired a fatal gunshot about three weeks ago last week pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

  • A look at yields ... and research

    Some Fayette County farmers not only got a look at the yields they can expect to see this year, but also at something that might help them increase their yields in future years.

  • Debate continues

    With the city’s legal counsel having issued its analysis of FAYCO Enterprises’ recycling contracts in Vandalia and Bond County, Vandalia aldermen on both sides of the issue continued to state their stances on Tuesday.
    Tuesday’s meeting of the council’s cemetery and landfill committee was called after aldermen who opposed adding a $1.25 recycling surcharge to city water bills saw a news report explaining Bond County’s contract with FAYCO.