Local News

  • Dynamic Dental's Free Dental Day is May 5

    Dynamic Dental Group in Vandalia is again holding a Free Dental Day.
    The fourth annual event will be held from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, May 5, at the dental practice, located at 2102 W. Randolph St. in Vandalia.
    No appointments are being taken, and patients must be at least 18 years of age.
    Patients can choose one cleaning, extraction or filling.
    Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. They are encouraged to arrive early and dress appropriately for the weather.

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  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 27

    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse. All Fayette County retired teachers are encouraged to attend this meeting to learn current information regarding insurance and pension legislation.
    ✔ 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.

  • Well given special honor

    Vandalia’s superintendent of schools was among 25 school administrators in the state receiving a special honor on Monday.
    Rich Well, who has served as the Vandalia School District’s superintendent for the past 11 years, was one of 21 superintendents picked by their regional colleagues to receive Superintendent of Distinction honors in Springfield.

  • Reward for helping to find Koontz

    Local authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating the Vandalia man who failed to show up on Monday for his jury trial on child pornography charges, and are offering a reward for anyone who helps find him.

  • Defendant, attorney are no shows

    Ryan Koontz chose not to show up on Monday as his jury trial on child pornography charges got under way. On the second day of that scheduled trial, neither Koontz nor his attorney showed up.
    Now, a new trial will have to be scheduled for Koontz, a 36-year-old Vandalia man who was charged with 10 counts of child pornography in November 2014.

  • City to consider fee for recycling

    Vandalia’s aldermen will likely be asked to vote on a $1.25 surcharge on water bills to help fund the community’s two recycling programs.
    The city council’s cemetery and landfill committee, and Mayor Rick Gottman, on Monday asked FAYCO Enterprises and the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District to draft such agreements.

  • Guidelines for Vandalia's Cleanup Week are listed

    For Vandalia residents anxious to clean out their garages, basements and other storage areas, next week is the time to do it.
    Next Monday through Friday is Cleanup Week in Vandalia, with customers of Doty Sanitation being allowed to get rid of additional items along with their regular trash.
    The city’s guidelines for Cleanup Week are:
    • Unwanted items are to be placed alongside regular trash on residents’ normal trash pickup days.

  • Two new VJHS programs OK'd

    The Vandalia Board of Education approved two new programs at Vandalia Junior High School that are designed to help some students at that school begin working toward their post-high school futures.
    Using federal grant funds, After-School and Gear Up programs work jointly to provide support for those students through their high school graduation, according to VJHS Principal Brian Kern.
    “It gets them to start thinking about the future and giving them support in areas that will help them in the future,” Kern said.

  • County finance battle continues

    Two months after approving a $600,000 interfund loan to cover expenses for the current fiscal year, all of that loan money has been used.
    At the start of last Tuesday’s meeting of the Fayette County Board, County Treasurer Rose Hoover told board members that the county’s general fund had a deficit of $24,248.88 at the end of March.
    And, Hoover said, “It’s a guessing game – I don’t think we will have enough money at the end of April” to cover expenses.