Local News

  • County on target with current budget

    A member of the Fayette County Board reported on Tuesday that the county is right on target with this year’s budget.
    But, Darrell Schaal, a member of the board’s finance committee, cautioned the county’s department heads that they need to remain vigiliant with their spending for the next six months.
    Schaal reported that the county is at 48 percent with its revenues and at 49 percent with its expenditures midway through the fiscal year.

  • Warrant served on sythetic drug charges

    A Vandalia man who was charged in April with two synthetic drug offenses was arrested on those charges last week.
    According to Fayette County Jail records, an arrest warrant was served on Jerry W. Weldon Jr., 44, 120 E. Jefferson St., and he was processed at the jail last Tuesday.
    In April, the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison filed information charging Weldon with two felony offenses.

  • The fight against synthetic drugs

    Calling together for a town hall meeting members of a team fighting the use and sale of synthetic drugs, state Sen. Kyle McCarter asked those attending the meeting to join the team.
    McCarter, a Republican from Lebanon, set up the town hall meeting to educate the public on synthetic drugs, a growing problem throughout the state.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 11

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees meets at 4:30 p.m. at Evans Public Library.
    ✔ 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. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

  • Prime Timers taking bus trip

    The Fayette and Bond County Farm Bureaus are sponsoring a Prime Timers bus trip to Arthur on Saturday, June 20.
    The trip will be for a full day and will include many activities in Amish country.
    The bus will be making stops at both Farm Bureau offices to pick up attendees. The bus will be leaving from Greenville at 8 a.m. and will stop in Vandalia at about 8:30.
    The first stop of the day will be at a market in downtown Arthur. The market includes crafts, foods and some antiques. Following the market, the group will head to Beachy’s Bulk Foods.

  • Relay for Life is this Saturday

    The Fayette County Relay for Life will be held this Saturday in Vandalia.

  • Town meeting Thursday on synthetic drugs

    Education and awareness are important tools to combat the serious health threat caused by a rise in synthetic drugs, according to state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon).
    The rise of those synthetic drugs in Illinois and across the nation is keeping law enforcement, health professionals and drug counselors working overtime, said McCarter, who wants to play a leadership role in addressing the problem.
    McCarter is hosting a district-wide town hall meeting on synthetic drugs from 6:30-8 p.m. this Thursday at Vandalia Junior High School.

  • Summer Lunches for Kids

    The Summer Lunches for Kids program gets under way next week in area communities.
    The free lunches will be available from 11-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, June 10-Aug. 14, at the following locations:
    • Vandalia – Lincoln Park, across from the Vandalia Statehouse; and gazebo in Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street.
    • Shobonier – Township building across from the post office.
    • Vera – Township garage parking lot.
    • Ramsey – Lions Park.

  • No beggars allowed

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday an ordinance amendment designed to get rid of beggars, a problem that has been prevalent at main intersections in town.
    The ordinance states, “No person shall beg or solicit alms within the city limits except when acting as a representative of a recognized charitable organization.”
    The city drafted the ordinance after receiving numerous complaints about individuals with signs soliciting money at such places as Mattes Avenue near Murphy’s and Embers.

  • Evans Summer Reading Program now under way

    Evans Public Library and McDonald’s invite local youth to sign up for the library’s summer reading program, "Read to the Rhythm."
    "Read to the Rhythm" 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.
    Prizes will be awarded for reading throughout the summer and five special programs will be offered in June at the library.