Local News

  • Looking at the library

    Participating in youth programs at Evans Public Library in Vandalia develops and enhances local youths’ love for reading. But, it does much more than that.

  • Vandalia Pool open for season

    The Vandalia Public Swimming Pool opened for the season on Saturday.
    The pool season hours are Sunday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Saturdays are open from 1-5 only, due to private parties.
    There must be at least 10 people present to open on cool or questionable weather days/nights.
    Admission is $4, and free for children up to age 4. Those who pay to swim from 1-5 p.m. may return from 6-8 p.m. for half price, but they must get their hand stamped before leaving in the afternoon. Anyone entering the deck area must pay regardless of whether they swim.

  • 'Treasures on the Trail' is Saturday

    The National Road Association of Illinois is holding a multiple-community festival on Saturday that is designed to showcase those towns that are along the nation’s first interstate roadway.
    And, Vandalia, the terminus of the National Road, will be among the communities that will have something special to offer.
    The National Road Association is inviting people to travel along U.S. Route 40 and enjoy its “Treasures on the Trail.”

  • Summer Lunches for Kids starts next week

    The Summer Lunches for Kids program gets under way next week.
    The program runs from June 6-Aug. 12 at the following locations:
    • Vandalia, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 11-11:30 a.m. – Lincoln Park, across from the Vandalia Statehouse; gazebo in Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street; and Family YMCA of Fayette County at 710 Rock Island Ave.
    • Shobonier, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 11-11:30 a.m. – Township building across from the post office.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 26

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Registration for library's summer reading program begins June 1

    Evans Public Library and McDonald’s are inviting local youth to sign up for the library’s summer reading program at the Vandalia library: “Read for the Win.”
    “Read for the Win” offers two reading programs this summer, one for children age 3 through sixth grade and one for students in junior high through newly graduated high school seniors. Students in fifth and sixth grades may choose either program.

  • Armed Forces Days
  • Bowen decides to seek 5th term

    About eight months ago, Bruce Bowen announced that he would not run for re-election to Fayette County’s coroner post. But, after no one filed petitions to run for that position this November, he changed his mind.
    On Monday, Bowen, a Republican filed paperwork with Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder, the county’s election official, that allows him to seek an unprecedented fifth term as coroner.

  • Three area events on Memorial Day

    Memorial Day will be observed on Monday in Fayette County during three events.
    Brownstown VFW Post 9770 will hold its annual Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Wall in the village park.
    State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) will be the keynote speaker for the event, and a community choir will sing several patriotic songs.
    Also during the service, Brownstown students Jacob Baron and Addison Cage will read their winning essays from VFW contests.
    At 1 p.m. is the 14th annual local edition of the Walk Across America.

  • Work to better school funding formula ongoing

    “My job is to fight for the kids in our (school) district.”
    That’s why, Superintendent Rich Well told members of the Vandalia Board of Education last week, he’s been spending so much time with state legislators recently.
    Well is among a group of school superintendents who are working to get a better, more-equitable system for funding school districts in Illinois, particularly smaller, downstate districts.