Local News

  • FCH LTC earns five-star rating

    The Long Term Care facility at Fayette County Hospital received notification from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that the nursing home has earned five out of five stars. CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily.
    Each nursing home listed on the website receives a rating of between one and five stars. Nursing homes with five stars are considered to have much above average quality, and nursing homes with one star are considered to have quality much below average.

  • Winners in Lions Club's Halloween Parade

    The winners in the Vandalia Lions Club's Halloween Parade are as follows:
    • First-Ponderosa KFC/Taco Bell Ramada Inn Award – "Monster Mash," Bright Beginnings Preschool Child care, $225.
    • Second-Bluff Equipment Award – Pirate ship, Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care, $175.
    • Third-Fayette County Real Estate/Burtschi Brothers Award – "Ghostbusters," Hohlt and File Funeral Home, $150.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, October 27

    ✔ 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.

  • Circuit clerk, coroner hopefuls tout assests at public forum

    Candidates for the Fayette County offices of circuit clerk and coroner told residents of the county at a recent candidates’ forum why they are the best choices for those offices.
    Vying for the office of circuit clerk are Republican incumbent Kathy Emerick and Democrat challenger Ashley Towler, and the incumbent county coroner, Republican Bruce Bowen, is opposed by Democrat Lori Carter.
    For the forum, coin tosses were held to determine the order for opening statements and candidate answers to questions.

  • Water issue resolved

    What looked to be a lengthy meeting to discuss water line extensions to residents of the Vandalia Lake area turned out to be nothing much more than a brief informational meeting.
    Monday’s meeting was called by Mayor Rick Gottman to deal with complaints some lake area residents voiced last Monday about the city blocking Fayette Water’s extension of water lines to their homes.
    What those residents, and city aldermen, found out on Monday is that the city really has nothing to do with those water lines.

  • Let the Celebration Begin
  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, October 27

    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. All retired teachers are invited to attend this informational meeting. For more information, contact Diane Curll at 283-0492.
    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. Anyone 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.

  • Vandalia beats Greenville in OT, 27-26, wins share of conference title
  • Bringing Back History

    First photo – Tom File (left) and Lana Morgan were among the volunteers who turned out on Saturday to begin the process of cleaning grave markers in the Old State Burial Ground, a project started by Dorothy Donley.

    The second photo shows that the cleaning process is making it possible to read old grave markers, some of which were placed in the cemetery close to 200 years ago.

  • City, lake area residents discuss water extensions

    A lengthy discussion on getting potable water to residents of the Vandalia Lake area that started on Monday night will continue next Monday evening.
    At the end of Monday’s city council meeting, after Mayor Rick Gottman called for a special meeting next Monday night for discussion on that issue, a group of lake area residents voiced their opinions to aldermen.
    At next Monday’s meeting, set for 6:30 p.m., city officials will talk with Fayette Water officials about the issue of getting water to lake area residents.