Local News

  • Girl Scouts at VCA Work at The Closet

    The junior and cadette Girl Scout troops from Vandalia Christian Academy helped put clothes on hangers last week as a community service project.

    The Closet is a ministry of First Baptist Church in Vandalia that supplies free clothing and toys to needy families in the community. Pictured above, from left to right, are Hope Budny-Clymer, Stacy Hudson, Kirsten Sharp, Hailey Cunetto, Sarah Milash, Audrey Myers and Kayleigh Ellis.

  • Law Dogs Donate to VVFD

    Local members of Law Dogs, a law enforcement motorcycle club, recently donated $1,200 to the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Foodbank serves 267 households

    With 53 local volunteers helping with the distribution of food, the Central Illinois Foodbank mobile pantry served 267 households on Saturday morning in the parking lot at Pinnacle Foods in St. Elmo.

    Food was given out to 986 individuals, with that total including 435 children. Helping with the distribution were members of the Fayette County Farm Bureau, Soroptimist International of Vandalia, St. Elmo Lions Club, St. Elmo FFA and ICCS, as well as Pinnacle employees.

  • News Briefs

    OUR PLACE to
    have food, accents
    Friday evening

    OUR PLACE Youth Center, located at 507 W. Gallatin St., will have free popcorn and hot chocolate available during Olde Tyme Christmas in downtown Vandalia on Friday evening.
    The center will also be selling hair feather accents as a fundraiser.

    FCHD to train
    hospice volunteers

  • Honoroing our vets

    Northside Christian Church in Vandalia hosted a Veterans Day program last Friday.

    Local veterans, including George Meseke (first photo), shared some of their military memories. The church pastor, the Rev. Carl Rhodes (second photo), who is a veteran, delivered a brief message during the program, which drew about 50 people.

  • Vandalia's burn ordinance

    9.12.060 Bonfires.

  • FREE CONTENT: What do other towns do with leaves?


    as of Nov. 2011

    Prepared by: LaTisha Paslay, City of Vandalia Executive Secretary



  • Well: Schools' financial rating 'shows progress'

    Though the Vandalia Community School District scored only a 1 out of a possible 4 points for its long-term debt status, its other financial indicators were strong enough to give it an overall rating of 3.60 on a scale of 4.0.
    That rating propelled the district into the “recognition” category, the highest level given by the Illinois State Board of Education, according to the district’s annual audit report, which was presented to the Vandalia Board of Education at its monthly meeting on Tuesday.

  • City committee discusses leaf-burning issue

    Vandalia officials and a small group of residents discussed for an hour on Tuesday afternoon whether the city should continue to allow leaf burning, or whether it should offer alternatives to it.
    At the end of that hour, aldermen present for that meeting agreed that this will not be an easy decision to make, and not one to make before getting as much input as possible from local residents.

  • NEW: Committee meeting on leaf burning is Tuesday

    The Vandalia City Council's streets committee will meet at 4 p.m. this Tuesday at city hall to discuss leaf burning.

    The meeting is open to the public, with residents being allowed to voice their opinions on leaf burning in the community.

    Mayor Rick Gottman asked the committee to hold a meeting on the issue after receiving several complaints about leaf burning.