Local News

  • Registration for library's summer reading program begins June 1

    Evans Public Library and McDonald’s are inviting local youth to sign up for the library’s summer reading program at the Vandalia library: “Read for the Win.”
    “Read for the Win” offers two reading programs this summer, one for children age 3 through sixth grade and one for students in junior high through newly graduated high school seniors. Students in fifth and sixth grades may choose either program.

  • Armed Forces Days
  • Bowen decides to seek 5th term

    About eight months ago, Bruce Bowen announced that he would not run for re-election to Fayette County’s coroner post. But, after no one filed petitions to run for that position this November, he changed his mind.
    On Monday, Bowen, a Republican filed paperwork with Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder, the county’s election official, that allows him to seek an unprecedented fifth term as coroner.

  • Three area events on Memorial Day

    Memorial Day will be observed on Monday in Fayette County during three events.
    Brownstown VFW Post 9770 will hold its annual Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Wall in the village park.
    State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) will be the keynote speaker for the event, and a community choir will sing several patriotic songs.
    Also during the service, Brownstown students Jacob Baron and Addison Cage will read their winning essays from VFW contests.
    At 1 p.m. is the 14th annual local edition of the Walk Across America.

  • Work to better school funding formula ongoing

    “My job is to fight for the kids in our (school) district.”
    That’s why, Superintendent Rich Well told members of the Vandalia Board of Education last week, he’s been spending so much time with state legislators recently.
    Well is among a group of school superintendents who are working to get a better, more-equitable system for funding school districts in Illinois, particularly smaller, downstate districts.

  • John J. Satterthwaite Sr., 69, Brownstown


  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Walt Barenfanger asked the city of Vandalia to take over maintenance of the road that runs west of Majestic Drapery and the old Crane Packing building. The council gave Mayor Rich Walker the authority to work with Barenfanger.
    The local postal food drive netted about 5,500 pounds of food for the CEFS Food Pantry in Vandalia.
    Darrell Gummert, principal of Vandalia Community High School, was elected president of the Charles R. Ruemmelin Foundation Board.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, May 19

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.
    ✔ 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, May 20

  • Armed Forces Days are this weekend

    Vandalia’s American Legion post is holding a two-day Armed Forces Celebration this weekend.
    That Crawford-Hale Post 95 celebration kicks off on Saturday morning with a parade that includes vintage military vehicles. That parade starts at 9:15 a.m. from the Legion Home at 321 S. Seventh St., goes north to Gallatin Street and down Gallatin before returning to the Legion Home.
    Then, at 10:30 a.m., a short program will be held at the Legion home.

  • Council delays action on Grubaugh's TIF

    At the recommendation of the city’s legal counsel, the Vandalia City Council has delayed acting on a request for Tax Increment Financing assistance for the renovation of a downtown building exterior wall.
    The council was scheduled to act on a request from Dennis and Debbie Grubaugh for $70,000 in TIF funds to renovate the wall of their building at 507 W. Gallatin St., work that follows the demolition of adjacent buildings last fall.
    Grubaugh, who plans to do the work himself, has estimated the total project cost at $160,000.