Local News

  • Woman cited for DUI after pedestrian is hit

    A Collinsville man was airlifted to a Springfield hospital after being hit by a vehicle on Saturday evening, and the driver of that vehicle was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.
    The Illinois State Police reported that at 7:06 p.m., Steven G. Cox was walking his dog on Lakewood Drive, northwest of Vandalia, when the accident occurred.
    The state police said that Cox was running across the road to get the dog and was leaning over to pick up the dog when he was struck by a 2011 Jeep Cherokee driven by Peggy S. Beckmeier, 56, of Vandalia.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 29

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will host PACK (Pups Assisting Children with Kindness) from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Children of all ages are welcome to read to DarnFar Ranch's specially trained therapy dogs. Registration is required; to register, call the library, 283-2824, or stop by the library.

  • Celebrating a Friend

    Kendall Leander cheers as a classmate and friend, Alexandra Schroeder, receives her diploma on Saturday at Vandalia Community High School. More photos from area graduations will appear in next week's issue.

  • Shoal Creek ABATE holds Family Festival
  • Armed Forces Tribute
  • Graduation Day
  • Memorial Day information for Carlyle Lake

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake is preparing for a fun and safe weekend celebrating Memorial Day. Whether you enjoy fishing, camping, boating, bike riding or other outdoor activities, Carlyle Lake offers an abundance of recreation opportunities.
    While participating in water related recreation activities, always wear your life jacket. Over two-thirds of people who drown never had any intention of being in the water.

  • Fair Association Hosts Concert

    The Fayette County Fair Association hosted a night of music at the fairgrounds in Brownstown earlier this month.

    Performers included rising country music star Chris Cavanaugh, local musician Chandler Durbin and Sheena Flowers of the local band "Twisted Road."

  • Mayor given OK to act in caboose vandalism case

    The parents of one of the youths arrested in March for vandalizing Vandalia’s Little Red Caboose wants to make things right.
    The Vandalia City Council on Monday gave Mayor Rick Gottman the authority to sign off on the penalty for that youth, a penalty that has been suggested by the juvenile’s father.
    Gottman told the council that the father has offered to make repairs, along with some improvements, to the caboose, and to have his child perform various chores for the city this summer.

  • Band program's future on hold for now

    Though the Vandalia Board of Education had an hour-long meeting on Tuesday, most of that time – including a 40-minute executive session – dealt with personnel issues.
    At the end of the meeting, the board accepted the resignations of Luke Hohlt, Vandalia Junior High School guidance counselor and varsity baseball coach, and Brian Buscher, who stepped down from his position as girls softball coach. Buscher remains as a physical education teacher, assistant football coach and head boys basketball coach.