Local News

  • Frakes found guilty of child pornography

    A Fayette County jury took little time in returning three guilty verdicts for a Vandalia man charged with possession of child pornography.

  • Dealing with intake, water plant

    Though it will likely be some time before they can proceed with either project, Vandalia officials will start doing some preliminary work on its Kaskaskia River intake and water plant.
    At last week’s city council meeting, Rodney Potts of John Crawford & Associates presented aldermen with both engineering and construction estimates for both the river intake and water plant.
    The river intake has been essentially unusable since its installation in 2005, and city officials were alerted more than four years ago of major issues with the water plant structure.

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  • Woman killed in Thursday accident

    A Shobonier woman died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident on U.S. Route 51 north of Shobonier last Thursday afternoon.
    According to Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen and the Illinois State Police, Dianna Helton, 51, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet van north on Route 51, just north of Fayette County Road 1000 North, at about 12:45 p.m. when the vehicle crossed the southbound lane and continued west down an embankment, striking a tree as it hit the embankment of a small creek. The accident caused the vehicle to burst into flames.

  • Reservations taken for Soroptimist banquet

    The annual Vandalia Soroptimist Awards Banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31, at the America’s Best Value Inn (formerly Days Inn) in Vandalia.
    Tickets are $15 per person, and reservations should be made by calling Judy Wasmuth (283-2989 or 267-7637) no later than March 24, 2017. Limited seating is available.
    Recognition is given for the Women of Distinction Award in six fields of service, honoring women who have made outstanding achievements in their professional, business or volunteer activities.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 2

    ✔ 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 3

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Teen Advisory Board will meet at 4 p.m. Teens interested in joining the TAB should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.

  • IHPA unveils a new app

    A new app from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency offers information and photos that will help visitors get the most from their trips to state historic sites.
    Te “Experience History” app also allows history fans to support Illinois’ historic sites with digital donations, an option that has been added to the agency’s website, too.

  • Chamber holding Cardinals Dinner

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first-ever Cardinals Baseball Dinner on Saturday, March 4, at the Vandalia American Legion Home.
    In honor of the 35th anniversary of the 1982 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, featured guests will be Ken Oberkfell and Glenn Brummer, members of that team.
    The evening begins with a ballpark menu dinner at 6 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session with the ballplayers at 7 p.m. The program concludes with an autograph session.

  • VPD alerts residents of new IRS phone scam

    Everyone is a target for a phone scam in which the targeted person is threatened with arrest, even the police chief.
    Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray told the Vandalia City Council on Tuesday that “people are getting hammered with phone calls” in which the caller claims to be a representative of the Internal Revenue Service.
    To alert local residents, the VPD is issuing the following release from the IRS:

  • Calendar

    Thursday, February 23

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group will meet from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.