Local News

  • Cover crop meeting set for March 22

    The Fayette and Effingham County Soil & Water Conservation Districts will hold a cover crop meeting from 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, March 22, at the Carriage House in Altamont, with registration starting at 8:30 a.m..
    Each state in the Mississippi Watershed was required to develop a nutrient loss reduction strategy to reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus getting into the Gulf of Mexico.
    The Illinois strategy came out last year.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kacy M. Alday, 19, 1822 E. 3100 Ave., Herrick, was arrested on Feb. 16 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $5,000.
    • Ritchie L. Moorehead, 46, Cincinnati, Ohio, was arrested on Feb. 16 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and driving more than 40 mph over the speed limit.  Bond was $1,600.
    • Travis L. Eller, 22, 15134 Oak Valley Road, Ramsey, was arrested on Feb. 15 on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.

  • Fayette County Cancer Fund is organized

    A group of local residents has launched a new effort to provide financial assistance to Fayette County cancer patients, after the first organizational meeting for the Fayette County Cancer Fund was held in October.
    A not-for-profit organization under the umbrella of the Old Capitol Foundation, the FCCF mission is to “unite our community by meeting the needs of those with cancer.”
    This will be done by providing financial help to local cancer patients who have submitted an application that will be confidentially reviewed.  

  • Lincoln School building open to public Saturday

    What could be the last chance for area residents who attended Lincoln School in Vandalia to walk through the building is this Saturday.
    The Lincoln School Community and Cultural Arts Center, located at Sixth and Jackson streets in Vandalia, is being sold to a private party.
    To allow former students a final walk-through the building and provide the opportunity to purchase old desks, chairs and bookcases, the building will be open to the public from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Feb. 18

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets 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.

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  • Enterprise Zone agreement OK'd

    The Vandalia City Council took action on Tuesday through which an outside agency will assist the city in its attempt to continue participating in a state economic development incentives program.
    The council also approved an ordinance amendment that limits traffic to one direction in a block of Main Street.

  • Board OKs VCHS grading scale change

    The Vandalia Board of Education approved on Tuesday a modification of the grading scale for Vandalia Community High School that includes the replacement of valedictorian and salutatorian designations.
    Under the new scale, the top students will recognized through cum laude levels.
    The new 10-point scale includes the following grade levels:
    • 100-97 – 4.00, A+
    • 96-93 – 3.80, A
    • 92-90 – 3.60, A-
    • 89-87 – B+, 3.40
    • 86-83 – B, 3.20.
    • 82-80 – B-, 3.00

  • Probation in firearm discharge case

    A Vandalia man who was charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting a firearm several times at a local residence was placed on probation last Thursday after pleading to a lesser charge.
    On Tuesday, Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison issued a press released explaining the sentence in that case.
    Judge Marc Kelly accepted on Friday through which Travis E. Stewart, 39, pleaded guilty to a Class 1 charge of aggravated discharge of a firearm.

  • Judge dismisses charges in meth case

    The case against one of two individuals charged last month with methamphetamine possession and manufacture was dismissed last week in Fayette County Circuit Court.