Local News

  • Statehouse group, historical society merging; meeting on Monday

    The Friends of the Vandalia Statehouse and Vandalia Historical Society are merging, and an imporant meeting for the organization is on Monday evening.
    The newly merged group will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at the Statehouse, with items on the agenda including the election of officers and baord members.
    The organization's goals include raising money for the rehabilitation of windows at the Statehouse, and the maintenance of the Statehouse and Little Brick House.
    Individuals interested in being a part of the organization are urged to attend this meeting.

  • Right turn only at 8th/Fletcher before, after school

    The Vandalia City Council took action on Monday that is designed to improve traffic flow at a busy intersection before and after school.
    The council approved an ordinance amendment that stipulates that on school days between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m., and from 2-4 p.m., both eastbound and westbound motorists on Fletcher Street may make only right turns onto Eighth Street.
    It also stipulates that southbound motorists on Fletcher Street may only make right turns onto Fillmore Street.

  • New school year brings changes

    Tuesday was the first day of changes for the Vandalia School District as administrators, teachers, students and parents prepare for the start of a new school year.

  • Engineer: Buildings need to come down

    After the roof and third story of a building in downtown Vandalia collapsed early on Tuesday, a structural engineered offered the opinion that that building, and two others, should be demolished.

  • CEFS holds first-time homebuyer event

    The CEFS Economic Opportunity Corp., an HUD-certified housing counseling agency, is sponsoring a first-time homebuyer informational workshop this Friday.
    The workshop, funded in part by State Farm Insurance, will be held from 1-3 p.m. at Evans Public Library, 215 S. Fifth St., Vandalia. Individual sessions will start every 30 minutes; to register or obtain more information, call 283-2631.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 6

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ 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.

  • Structural engineer says 3 buildings not safe, will have to come down

    A structural engineer told city officials on Tuesday that the three buildings at the northwest corner of Gallatin and Fifth streets is not safe and will have to come down.

    But it will likely be some time before those three buildings will be demolished, due to legal issues, and until they can be torn down, the east half of the 500 block of Gallatin Street and north half of the 100 block of South Fifth Street will be blocked off.

  • Amber Alert arrest made near Vandalia


    Effingham – Early on Wednesday, an Illinois State Police District 12 Trooper located an Ohio child identified in an early morning Amber Alert.

    At approximately 2:22 a.m. on Wednesday, District 12 telecommunications advised troopers of an Amber Alert issued by the Ohio State Highway Patrol (Jefferson County, Ohio).

    The Amber Alert indicated a 7-year-old girl was abducted by her estranged father, Matthew Scott Montgomery, and was possibly en route to Missouri via Interstate 70.

  • Saying Goodbye

    On the fifth anniversary of the dedication ceremony for the Family YMCA Fitness Center, the gym at the center got a new name – John K. Ashdown Gymnasium. Rick Myers, president of the YMCA Board of Directors, unveiled a plaque designating that honor as board members and staff said goodbye to Ashdown.

  • 'All over the board'

    Just a few years ago, the Fayette County Farm Bureau held its annual crop survey a little early, due to weather conditions that put corn and soybeans ahead of schedule.
    There’s no chance of that this year.
    Rain, both the amount and when it fell, has affected the growth of crops in places throughout the county. It has also caused replanting and delayed when the replanting could be done.
    “I talked to some farmers last week who were still planting beans,” said Stephanie Kraus, manager of the Farm Bureau offices in Fayette and Bond counties.