Local News

  • Auxiliary fills many needs at hospital

    Fayette County Hospital Auxiliary volunteer Beulah Brown noted in her report on Dec. 5, 2000, that she had been a volunteer of at least 16 years, and that she enjoyed the work because she felt the auxiliary volunteers helped where help was needed.

  • Lay will seek a third term as sheriff

    Fayette County’s sheriff for the past seven years has decided that he wants to seek a third term in office.

  • City rate hikes loom

    The city of Vandalia could be increasing its water and sewer rates for the coming year.
    If it chooses not to increase the rates this year, the city’s auditor says, it will likely be approving larger increases down the road.
    As part of the annual city audit, the Vandalia CPA firm of Timmermann & Co. Ltd. performs an analysis of the city’s water and sewer systems operations.
    That analysis includes comparing the number of gallons pumped at the city’s water plan with the number of gallons billed or otherwise accounted for.

  • Vandalia native Dan Themig talks about the start, growth of Packers Plus

    A Vandalia native known as an innovator in his field remembers that his successes in recent years came after tough times in the beginning.
    Dan Themig, back in town for a family reunion, spoke to a small group of community leaders and government officials last Friday at the Vandalia Country and Golf Club.

  • Lake House opens last Saturday

    A local couple whose plans for a restaurant on Vandalia Lake are being challenged by the city of Vandalia opened that restaurant on Saturday.

  • Fourth annual Vandalia Lions car, truck show held at lake

    The fourth annual Vandalia Lions Club Car and Truck Show was held over the weekend at the Vandalia Lake marina campgrounds.

  • St. Peter Prairie Days
  • New Radar Gun

    Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray is shown using the city department's new Pro Laser III infrared Lidar System radar gun.

    The purchase of the $1,500 speed gun, used to measure the speed of vehicles, was made possible through Fayette County State's Attorney Joshua Morrison's equipment grant. The grant program is funded by forfeitures and seizures through Morrison's office.

  • News Briefs

    Band Trivia Night is Sept. 14
    The third annual Vandalia Band Parents Trivia Night and silent auction will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, in the Vandalia Junior High School gym.
    The cost for the trivia contest is $15 per person or $120 for an eight-person team in advance, or $17 per person or $135 for an eight-person team the night of the event. A cash prize of $500 will be awarded.
    Prizes will be awarded to the table with the best theme and for the best dessert.
    For more information, call 283-3181 or 339-0941.

  • St. Peter youth killed in bicycle-car accident

    A St. Peter youth sustained fatal injuries in a car-bicycle accident early last Friday morning.
    According to Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen, 15-year-old Nathan Horath was riding a bicycle south on Ill. Route 185, about a mile and a half east of St. Peter, when he was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Sandra Gelsinger of Brownstown.
    Bowen said that the accident occurred at about 5:30 a.m., prior to daylight, and that the youth was riding the bike near the center of the roadway. Bowen also said that weather conditions were poor at the time of the accident.