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  • A joyful reunion

    For one-third of her young life, Madison Lash has been away from her family at their home in rural St. Elmo. And for all but five days of Madison’s time in St. Louis, her mother was right by her side.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Jan. 14

    ✔ Farm Credit of Illinois will host a crop insurance winter meeting from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., with lunch to follow, at the Carriage House Event Center in Altamont.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center on the Vandalia Community High School campus.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • New state laws go into effect

    On Jan. 1, 237 new laws went into effect in Illinois, including measures that impact fighting crime, government transparency, business, hunting, health and family.  
    When it comes to fighting crime, several news laws are making public safety a top priority.
    For example, individuals who continue to endanger citizens on Illinois roadways by repeatedly driving under the influence of alcohol, will have another barrier that can prevent them from getting back behind the wheel.

  • VPD's Top Gun
  • Hunt competing in state pageant

    The 57th Annual Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant will take place at the IAAF Convention held on Jan. 14-17 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, and Miss Fayette County Fair Queen Jenna Hunt will compete along with 69 other contestants from throughout the state.

  • Saturday fire destroys rural residence

    A fire early Saturday afternoon destroyed a residence east of Shobonier.
    Vandalia’s volunteer firefighters were called to the home of the Jeff and Evonne Stephenson on North 1100 St., a short distance south of the St. Peter Blacktop, at 12:32 p.m. on Saturday.
    Upon their arrival 12 minutes later, firefighters found the mobile home to be fully involved in flames.
    Vandalia Fire Chief Keith Meadows said that the Stephensons were at a neighbor’s residence when they saw smoke coming from their residence.

  • Vandalia man held on kidnapping charge

    A Vandalia man is being held in Fayette County Jail on $50,000 bond after being arrested last week on a charge of kidnapping.
    One day after his arrest, Christopher G. Griffith, 19, was formerly charged with that offense in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    According to a Vandalia Police report, city officers were dispatched to Walmart at 6:23 p.m. last Tuesday for a report of a person “possibly being held against his will.”

  • Enterprise Zone work begins

    Vandalia officials are beginning the work necessary to continue participating in a state incentives program designed to spur development in Illinois communities.
    Mayor Rick Gottman reported at Monday’s city council meeting that the city will start the process of applying for an extension of the Vandalia/Fayette County Enterprise Zone designation.
    The Enterprise Zone designation was awarded to the city at the end of June 1988 by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, now the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

  • NASS will begin conducting survey

    Beginning in January, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will conduct the annual Agricultural Resource Management Survey.
    ARMS is USDA’s primary source of information on the financial condition, production practices and resource use of America’s farm businesses and the economic well-being of America’s farm households.
    Information obtained from ARMS is used to estimate net farm income and agricultural productivity.

  • State police running NITE patrols this month

    The Illinois State Police District 12, will conduct Nighttime Enforcement Patrols in Fayette and Marion counties in January, according to the District 12 commander, Capt. Kelly Hodge.
    The ISP has zero-tolerance for impaired drivers. Therefore, officers working NITE patrols will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, driving under the influence (DUI) and are not properly buckled up.