Local News

  • House Fire

    Vandalia volunteer firefighter Zac Stombaugh uses an ax for ventilation and to gain entry to the second story of a home last Friday morning.

    Firefighters were called to 1106 W. Gallatin St. at 8:53 a.m., and arrived to see smoke coming from the residence, which is owned by Angela Stagar. Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire in a second-story bedroom. Firefighters were at the scene for about an hour. No damage estimate was available, and no injuries were reported.

  • News Briefs

    Soroptimists hosting widows' luncheon

    Soroptimist International of Vandalia is accepting reservations through Friday for its New Beginnings Luncheon on Saturday, June 1.
    The free event for area widows will be held from noon-2 p.m. on June 1 at St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia.
    Reservations are required, and all ages are invited to attend. To make reservations, call Judy Wasmuth at 283-2989 by Friday.
    In addition to lunch, the event will include speakers, music and door prizes.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:
    Tyler Joseph Westendorf
    Megan Marie Cothern
    Jeremy Allen Gelsinger
    Shannon Deane Chrisman
    Matthew John Hunter
    Nikki Kay Bolyard
    Braden Lee Hendrickson
    St. Elmo
    Fallon Kay Reisner
    St. Elmo

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 23

    ✔ A Holy Cross Lutheran Church youth will hold a rummage sale from noon-6 p.m. on Thursday and from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday at the church, 726 W. Fillmore St. in Vandalia. A plastic grocery sack full of items will cost $3, and larger items will be marked.
    ✔ 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.

  • City honors chiefs
  • Bond is $3 million in murder for hire case

    Bond has been set at $3 million for a Farina man accused of trying to having his wife killed.
    Judge James Roberts set bond for Mark G. Fulk during a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court last Wednesday afternoon.
    Also on Wednesday, Fulk, through his attorney Lou Viverito, pleaded not guilty to the charge of solicitation of murder for hire, a Class X felony.

  • City, council support FS project

    After no one showed up to ask questions about or voice opinions on the plans of South Central FS to build a new facility, the Vandalia City Council unanimously approved a letter of support for that project.
    Also on Monday, the Fayette County Board gave unanimous support for the project.
    As South Central FS officials unveiled its plans for a new facility at the city’s western Interstate 70 interchange last Monday, the council agreed to hold a public hearing prior to the city council meeting on Monday.

  • Hicks reinstated; Krueger named dean of students

    The Vandalia Board of Education filled a variety of positions for the coming school year at its monthly meeting on Tuesday.

  • 5 killed in I-70 wreck

    The investigation into a Monday morning accident on Interstate 70 that caused the deaths of five Pennsylvania men could take months to complete, according to the Illinois State Police.

  • UPDATE: Names of accident victims released

    The names of the five people who were killed in a one-vehicle accident on Monday on Interstate 70 have been released by Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen.

    The dead have been identified as 54-year-old Emerson Baldwin, 53-year-old Andrew Canada, 42-year-old Antonie Mitchell, 52-year-old Mark William and 29-year-old Thomas Coleman. All are from the Philadelphia, Pa., area.