Local News

  • Three businesses cited in ISP alcohol surveillance

    Illinois State Police District 12 officers conducted Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement (ACE) surveillance at various establishments during the evening hours of Jan. 12 in Effingham and Fayette counties.
    The purpose of these ACE details is to determine which businesses may be selling alcoholic beverages to minors (persons under 21 years of age).
    Twenty-one locations were surveyed in Altamont, Vandalia, St. Elmo and St. Peter.

  • Excelling in Electronics

    Gary Schulze believes that the selection of his electronics students for an Illinois State University project is a testament to their talents and abilities.

  • Skydiving ends at Vandalia Airport

    For the first time in about two decades, Vandalia Airport is not serving as the home for skydiving operations.
    About a year after the Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees decided it would not renew the lease with the current fixed-base operator of the airport, the board has decided to discontinue the partnership more than 10 months before the expiration of their current agreement.
    Mark Miller, president of the park board, said on Tuesday that the board is parting ways with Jason Mark and Anita Wuertz, airport operators since 1999.

  • Border Patrol Academy Graduate

    Greg Dylan Sessions, son of Carol Lewis and David Sessions of Vandalia, was among the graduates of the 988th session of the U.S. Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, N.M., on Dec. 8.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 26

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey.

  • City makes offer on land near city garage

    In a special meeting on Thursday, the Vandalia City Council voted to make an offer on property just south of the city garage.

    The city is offering to pay Tri-County Petroleum Inc. $112,500 for the property, which is a little more than 1 acre, according to Keith Schaal of Schaal & Associates Real Estate in Vandalia.

    Public Works Director John Moyer said after the meeting that the city needs to purchase the property in order to ensure that it can continue to get the department's trucks in and out of the garage on the west side of the property.

  • EMA coordinator dies on Thursday

    Fayette County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Steve Koehler lost his battle with cancer on Thursday.

    Funeral arrangements are pending at C&A Pagel Funeral Home in St. Elmo for Koehler, 58, who has served as the county's EMA coordinator for about seven years.

    At the Fayette County Board meeting on Jan. 10, county board Chairman Steve Knebel appointed long-time EMA volunteer Jim Mahon to serve as the EMA coordinator on a temporary basis, due to Koehler's illness.

  • Wreaths Across America

    The VFW Post 3862 Auxiliary in Vandalia participated in the national Wreaths Across America program.

  • Planning for Relay for Life begins

    Twenty-five people attended the Relay For Life rally on Jan. 9 held at Joe’s Pizza.
    The theme of this year’s walk, which will be held June 2-3 at Rogier Park in Vandalia, will be “Rockin’ For a Cure.”
    Currently, 11 teams have signed up to raise funds for the Relay for Life.
    This year’s goal is $65,000, and $12,500 has been raised to date.
    Anyone interested in forming a team or assisting with the event is encouraged to contact Dave Rickman at 283-7066.

  • Thomason to compete at state pageant

    The IAAF Convention will be held Jan. 19-23 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. At this convention, county fair officials can get ideas and book events for their 2012 fair.