Local News

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Feb. 18

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
    ✔ 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.

  • Abe's Birthday
  • Enterprise Zone agreement OK'd

    The Vandalia City Council took action on Tuesday through which an outside agency will assist the city in its attempt to continue participating in a state economic development incentives program.
    The council also approved an ordinance amendment that limits traffic to one direction in a block of Main Street.

  • Board OKs VCHS grading scale change

    The Vandalia Board of Education approved on Tuesday a modification of the grading scale for Vandalia Community High School that includes the replacement of valedictorian and salutatorian designations.
    Under the new scale, the top students will recognized through cum laude levels.
    The new 10-point scale includes the following grade levels:
    • 100-97 – 4.00, A+
    • 96-93 – 3.80, A
    • 92-90 – 3.60, A-
    • 89-87 – B+, 3.40
    • 86-83 – B, 3.20.
    • 82-80 – B-, 3.00

  • Probation in firearm discharge case

    A Vandalia man who was charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting a firearm several times at a local residence was placed on probation last Thursday after pleading to a lesser charge.
    On Tuesday, Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison issued a press released explaining the sentence in that case.
    Judge Marc Kelly accepted on Friday through which Travis E. Stewart, 39, pleaded guilty to a Class 1 charge of aggravated discharge of a firearm.

  • Judge dismisses charges in meth case

    The case against one of two individuals charged last month with methamphetamine possession and manufacture was dismissed last week in Fayette County Circuit Court.

  • Murder case hearing delayed

    A pretrial hearing related to the resentencing of a Loogootee resident convicted of murdering two residents of that rural community in 2010 has been rescheduled.

  • Abe Awards

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce broke from tradition this year in honoring two individuals for their service to the community.

  • We Apologize

    Second-grader Mallory Hopkins was inadvertently omitted from the list of students making the honor roll at Vandalia Elementary School as provided by the school.
    She was inadvertently omitted from the list in last week's issue.
    We apologize for the error.

  • Early voting now available

    Fayette County Circuit Clerk Vicky Conder, the county's local election official, has announced that early voting is now available.
    Conder said late last month that objections to several presidential candidates could cause a delay in the preparation of ballots and voting tabulators for the March 14 primary election.
    Late last week, Conder announced that those issues have been resolved an early voting is now available in the clerk's office at the county courthouse.