Local News

  • Fayette County Pageant Courts
  • Fireworks for the Fourth

    A fireworks display sponsored by the Vandalia Lions Club lit up the sky over Vandalia Lake on Friday night.

    The Lions Club also sponsored a carnival in the lake campgrounds over the Fourth of July weekend.

  • Local dentist is training Labradors

    Dr. Jay Lowry is gifted and skilled at more than his chosen profession as a dentist, and in a field that most would not associate the white-clad, immaculate dentist working in his also immaculate office at the sterile technique dental procedures his patients are in need of from time to time.

  • Fayette County Royalty
  • Birthday Celebration

    The congregation of First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia celebrated the church's 185th birthday on Sunday.

    During the morning service, Mary Truitt (first photo) read a history of the church, the first established in Vandalia, in 1828. On display (second photo) was "Illinois Riggs," the first bell to summon a congregation. In the afternoon, Midwest Winds of Scott Air Force Base performed in concert (third photo).

  • County considers solid waste ordinance

    When the Fayette County Board meets this Thursday night, it will set the date for a public hearing on a ordinance being proposed by its solid waste committee.
    The board, whose meeting was postponed from Tuesday due to the Fayette County Fair, will also vote on a request to help the city of Vandalia fund a water line extension project in Vandalia’s western Interstate 70 interchange.

  • Young, Roberts win Fayette fair crowns

    Sydney Young of Farina was crowned the 2013 Miss Fayette County Fair, and Reagan Sue Roberts, also of Farina, was named the new Little Miss Fayette County Fair on Tuesday.


    In the Miss Fayette competition, Sarah Frakes was named first runner-up, and Sierah Ruffner was named second runner-up. Young was named Miss Photogenic, Frakes won Miss Congeniality and Kayla Black won the People’s Choice award.

  • Vandalia Lions' fireworks are Friday night

    The Vandalia Lions Club's fireworks display is this Friday night at dusk.

    The Lions are also sponsoring a carnival through the Fourth of July Weekend at the lake marina campgrounds.

  • We Apologize

    It was incorrectly stated in a report from Vandalia Police that Jeffrey E. Taylor of Vandalia was arrested for burned picnic tables at Vandalia Lake. Incorrect information was provided on the report.
    We apologize for the error.

  • News Briefs

    FCH Friends & Families annual meeting

    Friends and Families of Fayette County Hospital will hold its annual meeting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, in the conference room at the hospital. The meeting is open to the public.

    OUR PLACE open house is on July 13

    OUR PLACE Youth Center will hold an open house from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 814 Old Theatre Drive in Vandalia.
    The public is invited, and the nonprofit group that operates the center accepts donations.