Local News

  • Smoking trial ends with three guilty verdicts, maximum fines

    The first legal test in court of a city ordinance banning smoking in Vandalia bars ended with convictions.
    A six-person jury deliberated only about 30 minutes before ruling that three violations of the smoking ordinance occurred at the Redwood Inn in August 2010.
    That jury also returned a maximum fine of $500 plus court costs for each offense. Court costs in the case total $837.50. Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm presided over the trial.

  • New city levy has slight increase

    With comment limited to the reading of a prepared statement by one alderman, the Vandalia City Council approved a new tax levy with a slight increase.
    The council unanimously approved a tax levy for the new fiscal year that accounts for an increased obligation to the city’s police pension fund.
    The new levy includes an increase of a little more than $5,000 for that pension fund, and has a total of $620,038, which is .82-percent higher than the 2010 tax levy extension.

  • City fighting planned closure of DHS office

    Vandalia’s mayor told alderman on Monday evening that he will try for the second time in a year to prevent the closure of a local state office.
    Rick Gottman announced at the city council meeting that he has voiced opposition to the planned closure of the local Department of Human Services office to all area legislators, as well as the office of Gov. Pat Quinn and the state’s Central Management Services.

  • Sex offender gets 62 years

    A rural Altamont man has been sentenced to 62 years in prison for sex crimes.
    William R. Fulk, 37, was sentenced at the end of November after pleading guilty in September to six of 12 charges filed against him in July of this year.
    Fulk pleaded guilty to two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and four counts of criminal sexual assault.
    He presented open pleas of guilt, meaning that he admitted to the crimes without any agreement on his sentence.

  • Redwood owners found guilty

    The owners of the Redwood Inn were found guilty of violating the city of Vandalia's ordinance that prohibits smoking in bars.

    A six-person Fayette County jury returned a guilty verdict on each of three tickets issued to G&T Holdings at the completion of a one-day trial.

    The jury also assessed the maximum fine of $500 on each of the three tickets issued by the city in August of last year.

  • Vandalia Lions host leadership seminar

    The Vandalia Lions Club and the District 1-L of the Lions of Illinois recently hosted a leadership seminar at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus.
    The meeting was conducted by District 1-L Gov. James Strange of Altamont.
    Lions International has begun a new program for increasing leadership and membership in the clubs.
    This seminar was provided to the officers and members of District 1-L.

  • Brownstown raffling off Pujols poster

    A raffle is being held for a 48-inch-by-80-inch Albert Pujols  “Got Milk?” banner.

  • Master Gardener deadline extended

    If you have an interest in gardening and want to learn more about gardening, fruit trees, and how to manage insect pests, you may want to check out the University of Illinois Extension’s Master Gardener program.
    More than 3,500 master gardeners across Illinois volunteer in their community and share their knowledge with others through their local Extension office.
    Master Gardeners are an important part of the educational mission of local University of Illinois Extension offices.

  • SWCD Honors First National Bank

    The Fayette County Soil & Water Conservation District recently presented a plaque to First National Bank of Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka, Mulberry Grove and Greenville for its long-time support.

  • New state law on electronics disposal

    Beginning Jan. 1, it will no longer be legal for individuals to dispose of unwanted electronics in their regular trash.
    Discarded electronics – including computers, monitors, electronic keyboards, scanners, fax machines and many other electronic devices – must be taken to a registered recycler for proper management.
    It will be illegal for the consumer to dispose of them in the trash, and it will be illegal for Illinois landfills to accept them.