Local News

  • New VVFD Truck Delivered
  • Filing papers for April election available Monday

    While the focus is on the general election in November, it’s not too early to begin thinking about the election next April.
    At that election, to be held on April 7, area residents will fill posts in municipal, school and various district boards.
    Candidates for the April 2015 election can begin picking up nomination papers next Monday, with the filing period for the election being Dec. 15-22.
    Posts to be filled at the April election include:
    • Seats on city councils and village boards.
    • School board members.

  • Aldermen will discuss fundraising roadblocks

    Conceding that they might not even be able to prevent the practice, Vandalia officials still plan to discuss fundraising roadblocks at the next city council meeting.
    Mayor Rick Gottman told aldermen on Monday that he had recently received complaints about the roadblocks from three residents.
    Those residents, he said, expressed concerns about traffic and safety issues related to the roadblocks.

  • Simon stumps in Vandalia

    The current lieutenant governor and Democratic candidate for Illinois comptroller is a familiar face, with her family being regular visitors to Fayette County several decades ago.

  • Pool gets $315,000 in TIF from city

    After voting down one aldermen’s motion to give the Vandalia Swimming Pool project the full amount requested, the city council agreed to give $315,000 in TIF monies to the project.
    Alderman also approved another TIF grant for local developer Dennis Grubaugh, but the amount given was much less than what he requested.
    The Vandalia Park District Board submitted an application for a $400,000 Tax Increment Financing grant, with plans to use those funds to abate taxes related to its $1.27-million renovation of the pool.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Michael B. White, 23, Centralia, was arrested on Sept. 9 on charges of reckless driving, driving while his license is suspended and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $2,000.
    • Zachary A. Lay, 27, Mascoutah, was arrested on Sept. 8 on a charge of driving while his license is revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • A 17-year-old Vandalia resident was arrested on charges of theft more than $500 and theft of a motor vehicle. The youth was taken to the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 11

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. in the Field of Dreams pavilion between the high school baseball and softball diamonds.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • A visit from Abe
  • Committee backs TIF funds for pool

    Vandalia’s Tax Increment Financing advisory committee recommended on Monday that the city contribute TIF funds to the Vandalia Swimming Pool project.
    However, the recommended amount is not quite what the Vandalia Park District is seeking from the city.
    Also on Monday, just a week after the city council rejected one TIF request from Dennis Grubaugh for one project, the advisory committee recommended giving Grubaugh assistance on another project.

  • County OKs proposal for new, improved website

    The Fayette County Board on Tuesday took action designed to provide the county with a website that is both more informational and more useful for county residents.
    The board accepted a proposal from Civic Plus, a company that specializes in the design, development and maintenance of government-run websites.
    The county will pay Civic Plus $4,500 through a three-year contract that includes a fourth-year option for $551. Civic Plus, which is based in Manhattan, Kan., and has an office in St. Louis, has contracts with numerous municipalities in Illinois and Missouri.