Local News

  • Koontz in jail; bond is $2 million

    The Vandalia man who failed to show up for his jury trial on child pornography charges is in Fayette County after being apprehended late last week.

  • Wicked Spring Weather
  • Council hires administrator

    Vandalia’s seven-year search for a city administrator ended right where it started – city hall.

  • Taking the Oath
  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 4

    ✔ The Vandalia Historical Society will hold its annual meeting at 5 p.m. at the Vandalia Statehouse. All members are asked to attend.
    ✔ 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, May 5

  • City sets guidelines for landscape waste pickup

    The city of Vandalia has established new guidelines for the pickup of yard waste, brush and sticks.
    The setting of the new guidelines was announced at Monday’s city council meeting, with Mayor Rick Gottman emphasizing that the city will begin more strongly enforcing the city ordinance prohibiting mowing or blowing grass or other waste into the street.
    Gottman said that not only is that practice unsightly, it’s costly. “It goes into the storm system and it costs us a lot of money (to get it out of the system),” he said.

  • Family YMCA of Fayette County's Healthy Kids Day is this Saturday

    This Saturday, the Family YMCA of Fayette County is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active at the annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families.
    The morning event features activities such as games, healthy living education, arts and crafts, and exercise on the inflatables to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home.

  • National Week of Prayer gets under way Sunday

    The local observance of the National Week of Prayer gets under way on Sunday evening.
    • Sunday, 6 p.m. – Unity Baptist Church, Ill. Route 185 and Airport Road.
    • Monday, 7:30 a.m. – Vandalia Tourist Information Center, North Fifth and Fletcher streets.
    • Tuesday, 8 a.m. – Vandalia Community High School gym.
    • Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. – Fayette County Courthouse entrance.

  • 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.

  • Route 140 Accident