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Local News

  • Mayoral candidates participate in forum

    Vandalia’s two mayoral candidates last Thursday night offered their thoughts on several key city issues, including economic development, problems with the city’s river intake and the need for a city administrator.

  • VCC work camp to again send out inmates

    Vandalia Correctional Center inmates could again be out working in the community within a few weeks.

  • Ramsey Lions' Community Sale is Saturday

    The Ramsey Lions Club's 52nd annual Community Sale will be held this Saturday in Lions Park in downtown Ramsey.

  • McCarter: VCC Work Camp may be restarted

    Springfield - The now closed Work Camp program at Vandalia Correctional Center may be restarting in the coming weeks, according to State Sen. Kyle McCarter.  Sen. McCarter and Vandalia Mayor Ricky Gottman have been working with the Illinois Department of Corrections (DOC) to restart the Work Camp.  

  • Mystery dinner theater raises funds for F&F of FCH

    A mystery dinner theatre held by Friends and Families of Fayette County Hospital on March 16 raised about $2,000 for the hospital’s support group.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 28

    ✔ 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 Fayette County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.
    ✔ State Rep. John Cavaletto (R-Salem) will hold office hours from 1-3 p.m. at the Vandalia Statehouse. No appointments are necessary.

  • Church Briefs

    Sunrise service, breakfast set at Northside

    Northside Christian Church will be holding a sunrise service this Sunday, beginning at 6:30 a.m. It will be held outside, weather permitting.
    Immediately following the service, a free breakfast will be served by the men of the church. The regular service will be at 9 a.m.

    St. James, Zion to hold sunrise services

    An Easter sunrise service will be held at St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday.

  • Ten split top prize at YMCA Grand Raffle

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County held its annual Grand Raffle on Saturday evening at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.

  • YMCA plans Healthy Kids Day

    On Saturday, April 27, the Family YMCA of Fayette County is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day with a free community event that encourages kids throughout Fayette County to get moving and learning, and families to live healthier.

  • Weathering the Storm

    Humans weren't the only ones impacted by Sunday's unusual snowstorm.

    Wildlife also had to endure the 10-12 inches of heavy, wet snow that fell in the Fayette County area. Shown above is a male cardinal. In the picture below, a pair of mourning doves puff up their feathers and hunker down as the snow falls around them. Temperatures are predicted to be in the 50s by the weekend, so the late-season snow won't last long.