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Local News

  • Electric aggregation hearing is Monday

    Vandalia residents will have an opportunity on Monday night to learn more about the electrical aggregation issue they approved in the April election.
    During that hearing, a summary of the plan of operations and governance will be presented. That plan will explain the implementation of the opt-out municipal electricity aggregation plan.
    The roles of both the city and its aggregation consultant, Good Energy, “will be defined as they relate to various stages of the process,” according to the city’s legal notice for the meeting.

  • Murder for hire

    A judge ruled last week that a Farina man should go to trial on a charge of trying to arrange for the murder of his wife.
    Mark G. Fulk, 35, has been in Fayette County Jail since April 5, one day after authorities were told that he allegedly arranged to have someone kill his wife.
    Judge James Roberts ruled that Fulk should face trial on the Class X felony at the conclusion of a preliminary hearing last Wednesday afternoon in Fayette County Circuit Court.

  • A New Bridle Suite at VCC

    The Vandalia Correctional Center staff welcomed six new residents on Monday. Those new residents are unlike any others housed at any prison in Illinois.

  • Brownstown Spring Concert
  • Farina man to face trial on solicitation for murder

    A judge ruled on Wednesday afternoon that there is sufficient evidence for a Farina man to face trial for a charge of solicitation of murder.

    Judge James Roberts made that ruling at the conclusion of a preliminary hearing for Mark G. Fulk.

    Fulk, 35, was arrested on April 5 for allegedly trying to have his wife killed.

  • News Briefs

    Bank holding Relay cookout, bake sale

    National Bank in Vandalia will hold a cookout this Friday to benefit Fayette County Relay for Life.
    The cookout at the bank, which is located at 520 W. Gochenour St., will run from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sack lunches are $6, and an extra sandwich may be added for $1. The lunch includes a choice of porkburger or hot dog, chips and a soda.
    The bank is also holding a bake sale indoors.

    Bell employees reunion is May 6

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 25

    ✔ 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 Fayette County Retired Teachers Association will hold its final meeting for this school year at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. The fall meetings will begin on Aug. 22.
    ✔ 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, April 26

  • Heavy Rains, Heavy Flooding

    Large amounts of rain in a short period of time late last week caused what was probably the worst flooding in the area since 2004, when water over U.S. Route 51 south of Vandalia caused the highway to be closed for several days.

    The photo above shows flooding in the area of Fourth and Jefferson streets.

  • More talks on river intake

    Well into a meeting held to discuss possible solutions for Vandalia’s river intake, a representative of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it’s not their role to come up with a remedy.
    But, he did tell city officials whom they could turn to as they try to come up with a way to make the intake usable for more than one-sixth of a year.
    Chuck Frerker, Bob Wilkins and Doug Wasmuth of the Corps of Engineers met with city officials after Mayor Ricky Gottman contacted U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), and Shimkus contacted the federal agency.

  • Streetscape work to begin

    More streetscape work in downtown Vandalia could get under way this week.
    And it could be completed by the end of July.