Local News

  • Calendar

    Friday, August 4

    ✔ Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 will hold bingo at 7 p.m. at the Legion Home; doors open at 5:30 p.m.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

    Saturday, August 5

  • Surplus monies will cover deficits in new city budget

    The Vandalia City Council has approved a budget that includes deficits in three funds, but those deficits will not create an overall deficit.
    That’s because surplus monies in those funds will be used, if necessary, to offset the deficits. Also, those deficits may be smaller than anticipated.
    Three days after going over the budget for the current fiscal year during a work session, the Vandalia City Council approved on Thursday afternoon a spending plan tied to that budget.

  • School will start even with fight on funding

    The start of a new school year may be delayed in some Illinois districts, but not in Vandalia.
    In recent weeks, Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Rich Well has kept school board members, administrators and teachers updated on the stalemate in the state capitol that means a delay in the release of funds to Illinois school districts.
    “There’s no mechanism yet to send out funds for schools,” Well told the Vandalia Board of Education at its July meeting.

  • Sprucing Up Our History
  • Happy – but hot – times at the Fayette County Fair (18 Photos)
  • Briefs

    Carson’s Lemonade Stand

    Carson’s Lemonade Stand is being held again this year, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday at County Market on Veterans Avenue in Vandalia.
    Carson LaDage holds the Lemonade Stand fundraiser at various locations to raise funds for research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, with 81 cents of every dollar donated to go directly to research.
    Donations are accepted.

    Concert at St. Elmo Christian Church

  • Statehouse Story Time
  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 27

    ✔ "If You Grew Up with Abraham Lincoln" is the story for the final story time at 10 a.m. at the Vandalia Statehouse. The story time will feature some retired teachers, homemade toy crafts and ice cream.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

    Friday, July 28

    ✔ Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 will hold bingo at 7 p.m. at the Legion Home; doors open at 5:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday deadline for FSA nominations

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency acting state executive director for Illinois, Richard L. Graden, is reminding farmers and ranchers that they have until next Tuesday to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.
    County committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers in their communities to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level.

  • Alumni event one of three on Sept. 30

    This year’s All-School Reunion held by the Vandalia Alumni and Friends Foundation will be part of a day full of activities in Vandalia.
    The reunion will be held in the evening of Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Vandalia Moose Lodge, under the following schedule:
    • Social hour – 5-6:30 p.m.
    • Dinner – 6:30-8 p.m. The menu includes fried chicken, ham, beef and noodles, twice-baked potato, green beans, carrots, farmer’s salad, rolls and pie.
    • Distinguished Alumni Award presentation – 8 p.m. (See Page 1B)