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Local News

  • City continues to work on trimming budget

    As Vandalia officials continue their work toward producing a balanced budget, the city’s finances continue to be the main topic of discussion at city council meetings.

  • Teen's fitness for trial to be argued again

    An attorney representing a Loogootee teen charged with murdering a neighbor couple last fall will ask the court to again consider whether the teen is fit to stand trial.

  • VJHS principal accepts superintendent position

    In an hour-long meeting – half of which was occupied by a closed-session meeting on personnel matters – the Vandalia Board of Education approved the hiring of two high school staffers and accepted the resignations of three others.

  • UPDATE: Baker trial still set for the end of May

    The jury trial for the 16-year-old Loogootee teen accused of murdering a neighbor couple is still set to begin with jury selection on May 31.

    That determination was made during a pretrial hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court on Thursday morning in the case of Clifford Baker, who is charged with first-degree murder and home invasion for allegedly shooting Mike Mahon and Deb Tish in their home last August.

  • Soroptimist hold Vandalia Idol contest

    “American Idol” is one of the most-watched talent searches in the country, and a local organization will be providing a similar talent search to Vandalia.
    Soroptimist International of Vandalia, a local club of the world-wide organization, is a group of professional woman that support the cause of women and girls in our community.
    The work by members include the "Food for Thought" program at OUR PLACE Youth Center and filling the big flower pots in front of businesses around town.

  • Community Calendar-May 12, 2011

    Thursday, May 12

    ✔ 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 building trades class at the Okaw Area Vocational Center is holding an open house at the home it built this year at 1 Mark Drive, located north of Jefferson Street in Vandalia, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2:15 p.m.

  • FAYCO fighting state cuts

    As Illinois municipalities fight to retain state income tax, a local entity is also battling proposed cuts by the state government.
    Officials at FAYCO Enterprises, which has as its mission “to integrate people with disabilities and other life issues into the community and enrich their quality of life with choice and independence,” are lobbying against about $115 million in proposed cuts to community services in the state.

  • County makes another fund transfer for payroll

    With barely enough members on hand for a quorum, the Fayette County Board approved on Tuesday another fund transfer to ensure that the county could meet payroll.
    Eight of the board’s 13 current members were present for the meeting, which included a transfer of $250,000 from the county’s capital improvement fund to the general fund.
    “We don’t actually need it right now, but we’re close,” board Chairman Steve Knebel told board members.

  • Band Parents' ice cream social is Thursday

    The Vandalia Junior High School spring band concert will be held at 7 p.m. in the VJHS gym.

    After the concert, the Vandalia Band Parents will hold its inaugural ice cream social in the VJHS cafeteria.

    The cost for a half pint of ice cream is $3, with chocolate, vanilla, strawberry cheesecake, cookies and cream, cookie dough and s'mores.

  • Building Trades house on display next week

    The class built by this year's building trades class at the Okaw Area Vocational Center will be on display for the public next week.

    The house, located at 1 Mark Drive, off of Jefferson Street in Vandalia, will be open to the public at the following times:

    • May 9-13  9:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2:15 p.m.

    • May 13  4-8 p.m.