Local News

  • CEFS will take IHEAP applications in July

    The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program will begin taking applications for summer energy assistance on July 7, and will conclude on July 23 or when funds are exhausted.
    Appointments for the first day of the program can be scheduled on July 3.
    Appointments will be set on a first-come, first-served basis until the available funding is gone.

  • Pool fundraiser goes swimmingly

    Strong community participation made the latest efforts of the Vandalia Swimming Pool staff to raise funds for necessary pool renovations a success.

  • A sign of the times

    Brownstown’s emergency responders have undertaken a project that will help them to better serve the residents of that area.

  • Major I-70 project

    Illinois’ governor is scheduled to announce on Thursday a major road project in Fayette County.
    The office of Gov. Pat Quinn said on Wednesday that the governor will announce capital investments of more than $19.6 million to build two new Interstate 70 bridges over the Kaskaskia River near Vandalia.
    Funded the governor’s “Illinois Jobs Now!” program, Quinn said that the project is part of his commitment to creating jobs and improving the state’s economy.”

  • Fire causes significant damage to home

    A fire believed to be electrical in nature caused significant damage to a Vandalia home on Monday afternoon.

  • Amateur Radio Week is observed next week

    Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate.

  • Coroner handles two deaths on Wednesday

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen handled two cases on Wednesday.

    Bowen said on Wednesday evening that John Bolyard, 68, of rural Ramsey, was working on a combi9ne on Wednesday morning when he collapsed. Bowen pronounced Bolyard dead at the scene at 11:13 a.m.

    Bowen also reported on Wednesday evening that Harold "Matt" Gillett, 33, of Vernon, was found dead in his pickup truck near the Vandalia Lake Marina. Bowen said that Gillett died from a gunshot wound that believed to be self-inflicted.

  • Garden Party

    Historical Vandalia Inc. held a garden party on the grounds of the Fayette County Museum on Saturday to raise funds for improvements to the old Presbyterian Church that houses the museum and Artworks Gallery.

    First photo: Party-goers enjoy music by Baroque Folk. Second photo: Historical Vandalia President Jim Brewer, left, partakes in samples made from recipes included in the organization's anniversary cookbook, also being sold to fund museum renovations. Manning the samples booth was Historical Vandalia board member Anna Jean Rhodes, right.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 19

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ 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, June 20

  • Security measures added at schools

    The Vandalia Board of Education learned on Tuesday about additional security equipment being installed at two buildings in the district.
    Superintendent Rich Well told board members that the new security equipment is being installed at entrances to the administration building and the Okaw Area Vocational Center.
    That equipment will include security doors and video surveillance equipment for both buildings, the only two in the district that currently do not have those security measures.