Local News

  • City agrees to work with Field of Dreams on water use

    A Vandalia City Council committee has agreed to work with the Field of Dreams Committee in a way that will allow the volunteer committee to continue its work at Vandalia Community High School ballfields.
    Field of Dreams Committee members met with the city’s water and sewer committee on Monday, saying that they didn’t know that they were going to be receiving bills for water used for the irrigation system at the VCHS baseball field.

  • Ford show will feature Boss prototype

    Fords of all models and years – as well as different makes – will be on display at the Vandalia Lake campgrounds this weekend.

  • Two men offer city 3rd water source

    The Vandalia City Council is expected to act in two weeks on a proposal for a third water source for the city.
    In presenting that proposal, two Vandalia men told a council committee that they not only offer another water source, but offer one that is cleaner and cheaper to distribute.
    Walt Barenfanger and Jeff Beckman, partners in Kaskaskia Springs Water Co., made their third presentation to the council’s water and sewer committee on Monday, saying that they are ready to submit a firm proposal.

  • Blythe: Why not cut aldermen?

    One month after the Vandalia City Council made a change in the city treasurer’s post to cut its expenses, the current treasurer suggested another cost-saving measure – cutting the number of aldermen in half.
    No one at the council table responded to her suggestion.

  • Treasurer suggests cutting aldermen

    One month after the Vandalia City Council changed the status of the city treasurer, saying it was a way to save money, the current treasurer made her own recommendation - cut the number of aldermen in half.

    At the end of Monday's council meeting, Marjorie Blythe said she learned this weekend that Charleston, a much larger town with a university, has only four aldermen.

    In changing the treasurer position from elected to appointed, the council reduced the salary for that post from a little more than $14,000 to $4,000.

  • City lifts burn ban

    Although the area is still experiencing some drought conditions, the recent rainfall and forecasted rain has allowed the city of Vandalia to lift the burn ban that it imposed on June 28.

    Mayor Gottman states, "Due to the recent cooler weather and rainfall we have received and in speaking with Fire Chief Ed Taylor, we believe it is safe to lift the burn ban. We still urge citizens to be careful when burning. and remind them of the criteria allowed by city ordinance for burning."

    The criteria for burning reads as follows:

  • County board talks about several financial issues

    Fayette County’s ongoing issues with its finances were discussed for a couple of reasons at Tuesday’s county board meeting.
    During a finance committee report, board Chairman Steve Knebel said the county continues to struggle with the challenge of meeting payroll without dipping into funds generated through the sale of the county’s coal rights.
    County Treasurer Rose Hoover told the board that the county did not have to take monies from the capital improvement fund for payroll at the end of July.

  • Tuesday fire guts house

    A fire late Tuesday morning caused substantial damage to a Vandalia home.

  • City to consider beer garden request

    The Vandalia City Council is scheduled to act Monday on a request for a beer garden during a special event in the downtown business district this fall.
    The request has been submitted by a group of downtown merchants who are planning a car, truck and cycle show along Gallatin Street on Saturday, Oct. 20.
    The council last week approved the closure of Gallatin Street from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on that day, and they also heard from some of the event organizers.

  • Jenne named county's E911 coordinator

    A St. Peter man who keenly knows how Enhanced 911 will benefit Fayette County residents has been chosen as the county’s E911 coordinator.