Local News

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Jan. 7

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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.

  • Updated TV Leader now online

    The TV Leader in the Dec. 31 issue inadvertently contained the wrong TV schedules.

    A page with the correct schedules is attached here and is now included in our online issue, on page 2B.

    We apologize for the error.

  • VPD 'Shop with a Cop'
  • Calendar

    Thursday, Dec. 31

    ✔ Crown Point Church in rural Vandalia will hold a New Year's service and celebration at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend. The church is located seven miles south of Vandalia on Carlyle Road (follow Eighth Street south).

    Friday, Jan. 1


    Monday, Jan. 4

    ✔ The Women of the Moose meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
    ✔ The Vandalia City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. at city hall.

    Tuesday, Jan. 5

  • Trade leaves Fayette's Spencer Patton excited

    An off-season trade that has moved him from the American League to the National League has a Fayette County resident excited for several reasons.

  • Flood waters starting to recede

    For the second time in a little more than a decade, severe flooding has forced the closure of two major highways outside of Vandalia, as well as periodic closures in some areas in town.

  • City will redraw its ward borders

    For many, many decades, the city of Vandalia has used two major streets in the city to create the boundaries for its four aldermanic wards. But, over the years, changes in the city’s makeup has resulted in discrepancies in the size of the wards.
    Therefore, Mayor Rick Gottman said, the city needs to create new boundaries.
    The council voted on Monday to authorize city officials to begin the redistricting process.
    “We have not done that in a number of years,” Gottman said.

  • City OKs new levy

    As expected, the Vandalia City Council approved on Monday a new tax levy that is estimated to raise the overall tax bill of city residents by about 2.35 percent.
    But it took two votes.
    The council initially voted 4-3 to reject a tax levy with a 19.44-percent increase, then – after a lengthy discussion – approved that levy in a 5-2 vote.
    The tax levy that was ultimately approved, which has a $740,600 total, was one of two options that were presented to the council by the city’s auditor, Dale Timmermann of Timmermann and Co. Ltd.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Dec. 24

    ✔ Crown Point Church in rural Vandalia will hold Christmas Eve services at 8 p.m. The public is invited to attend. The church is located seven miles south of Vandalia on Carlyle Road (follow Eighth Street south).

    Friday, Dec. 25


  • Park board talks about increasing visibility, use of Vandalia Airport

    For the second month in a row, Vandalia Park District commissioners talked about ways to increase the visibility of what they believe is the community’s best-kept secret – Vandalia Airport.
    At their meeting last Thursday, commissioners talked about ways to educate the public about just how much the airport is being used.