Local News

  • Primary filings under way

    The Fayette County ballot for the primary election next spring began taking shape on Monday, the first day to file nominating petitions for that election.
    Those filing nominating petitions on Monday included three incumbent county officers – Supervisor of Assessments Cindi Lotz, County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder, and Sheriff Chris Smith, all Republicans.
    Lotz is running for a seventh term in office, and Smith and Conder are both running for a second term.

  • Christmas Gala, other holiday events this weekend

    The state’s oldest existing capitol will host two popular Christmas events on the next two weekends.
    The Christmas Gala, sponsored by the Vandalia Historical Society, is this Saturday evening, and the Statehouse Christmas Open House next Saturday night.

  • Well steps down as superintendent

    Citing “personal reasons,” the superintendent of the Vandalia School District has stepped down from that position.

  • UPDATE: Casey appointed interim Vandalia superintendent

    In a brief special meeting on Friday afternoon, the Vandalia Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Nick Casey as the interim superintendent of schools.
    Casey, who currently serves as the director of the Okaw Area Vocational Center, was named the interim superintendent following a closed session that lasted less than 10 minutes.
    Casey’s appointment came three days after Rich Well, the district superintendent for about 12 years, submitted his resignation, citing “personal reasons.”
    Casey appointment is effective on Monday.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, November 23

    ✔ Fayette County Habitat for Humanity is holding its 11th annual free community Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the American Legion Home in Vandalia. Reservations are not required. Deliveries will be made to shut-ins only.
    Friday, November 24

    ✔ Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 will not hold bingo at the Legion Home, due to Thanksgiving.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

    Saturday, November 25

  • Police handle large number of thefts from vehicles

    In light of numerous thefts one evening last week, Vandalia’s police chief is reminding residents to lock their vehicles.
    The city police reported last week that they handled thefts from 13 vehicles, with most of them being at Capitol Pointe Apartments at the west end of Randolph Street.
    All of those vehicles, Police Chief Jeff Ray said, were not locked at the time of the thefts.
    In addition to the thefts late last Wednesday evening, police have received sporadic reports of thefts from vehicles, Ray said.

  • Council adds liquor license for new restaurant

    The Vandalia City Council voted on Monday to add a Class E liquor license, which would go to a new restaurant in town.
    The council unanimously approved an ordinance amendment that increases the number of Class E licenses available from seven to eight.
    With that action now taken, Mayor Rick Gottman, as the city’s liquor commissioner, will act on the liquor license application submitted for Anthony’s, a restaurant at the northeast corner of Kennedy Boulevard and Gallatin Street.

  • FIT kits

    Flu clinics offered by the Fayette County Health Department helped to kick start a new program that helps diagnose colorectal cancer.
    And the results from that first group of fecal immunochemical tests surprised FCHD officials.
    As of Oct. 31, the department had distributed 55 kits, and of those, 41 of the kits had been returned. Of the 41 kits returned and tests run, 15 were found to be abnormal.
    That means the rate of abnormal tests was 36.6 percent, much higher than the national rate for abnormal FIT tests – 7-13 percent.

  • Getting on track

    As the 45th anniversary for a significant landmark in Vandalia was observed last week, the work to preserve that landmark – and fund that preservation work – continues.

  • Premium surcharge for Nov. 23 issue

    Due to the premium nature and increased production and distribution costs of the Thanksgiving Day edition, to be published on 11/23/2017, all subscribers will incur a nominal additional charge of $1 for the edition.
    Your total bill will remain unaffected but there will be a slight adjustment in your expiration date, unless you have selected the Monthly EZ Pay option.  The premium surcharge will be added to the applicable regular Monthly EZ pay charge.