Local News

  • Library has adult reading program

    Evans Public Library is offering an adult reading program, and signup for that program begins on Monday.
    For each book an adult reads, he or she may fill out a slip of paper with their name and phone number, which will be put into a drawing for their choice of a $20 Walmart gift card, $20 Denny’s gift card or $20 gift card from Words, Wicks and Wood. Books must be checked out from Evans Library. For more information, call the library, 283-2824.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 10

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group will meet from 1-2 p.m. at the library. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at 283-2824.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center on the Vandalia Community High School campus.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Gottman passes on copies of VCC bills to governor's staff

    Vandalia’s mayor took advantage of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s visit on Monday to present copies of bills showing what the state owes for water and sewer service provided to Vandalia Correctional Center.
    Rick Gottman told the Vandalia City Council on Monday night that the state owes the city $374,445 for water service and $67,241.67 for sewer service.
    The mayor told aldermen that he gave copies of the bills to Randy Pollard, the Vandalia resident who is Rauner’s downstate director, and that Pollard said he would work on the issue.

  • County denies request for gift of seized truck

    The Fayette County Board voted almost unanimously to turn down a request to give a seized truck to a group that transported individuals to and from court.
    At last month’s meeting, the board was asked to give a seized vehicle to Jesus Loves You Ministry after Stacey Shallenbarger told board members that she wanted to expand her services of her Christian County-based program into Fayette County.

  • Governor makes stop in Vandalia

    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner told a group of Fayette County residents on Monday that it’s important for future of Illinois that he continues on with his “turnaround agenda.”

  • Mother charged with injuring infant

    A Vandalia woman is in Fayette County Jail on $1-million bond after being arrested late last week on a charge alleging that she caused serious injury to her infant child.

  • Rauner in Vandalia on Monday
  • UPDATED: Arrest made in child abuse case

    Updated:  Aubree Hammer, 23, of Vandalia, was arrested by the Granite City Police Department today and transported back to the Fayette County Jail on the warrant for aggravated battery to a child with great bodily harm or permeant disability. Bond is set at one million dollars.  I have attached the booking photo and previous press releases.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 3

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
    ✔ 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.

    Friday, March 4

  • Judge finds probable cause in Brownstown meth case

    A judge ruled on Tuesday that a Brownstown man who was arrested in January on three methamphetamine charges should be held over for trial.
    At the close of a preliminary hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court, Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor ruled that the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison can proceed with the prosecution of Travis Metzger, 43, on felony charges.