Local News

  • Mabrys seek dismissal of city's complaint

    The Vandalia couple that plans to open a restaurant on Vandalia Lake as soon as next week has responded to the city’s legal attempt to prevent the operation of that business at that location.
    The attorney for Steve “Luke” and Latisha Mabry filed on Monday a motion asking for dismissal of the city’s complaint for declaratory judgment.

  • Rail crossing discussions

    The Vandalia City Council is scheduled to decide in the near future whether to place stop signs on streets along the local rail line, and almost all aldermen were present on Monday to hear comments about that proposal.
    However, they may not even have to make that decision, based on a couple of comments made during a meeting of the council’s streets and public safety committees.

  • Active Shooter Training

    Active shooter training was held for officers with the Fayette County Sheriff's Office last week at the former Washington School building in Vandalia.

    In the first photo, Deputy Greg Kline (left) and Chief Deputy Brent Ellis participate in a drill as instructor Warren Musgrave looks on. In the second photo, Musgrave (right) talks to the officers about how to hold their weapons. From left are deputy Sherri Miller, Ellis, Sheriff Aaron Lay, and deputies Shawn Carter, Kline and Ed Durbin.

  • Carving an international reputation of quality

    “We do a lot of bears,” Mike Rhodes will tell you about the chainsaw carving business that he and his daughter, Wendy, operate in rural St. Elmo.

  • Mabrys file motion to dismiss

    The Vandalia couple planning to open a restaurant on Vandalia Lake filed on Monday its response to a city suit aimed at preventing them from operating that business.

    Steve “Luke” and Latisha Mabry’s attorney, David Cates of Swansea, filed a motion to dismiss the city’s request for a declaratory judgment in Fayette County Circuit Court.

    In their motion, the Mabrys contend that their property is outside city limits and that the city has “has no jurisdiction beyond their corporate limits.”

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 25

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Friday, July 26

  • Vandalia Memories

    This week's photo from Vandalia Memories is an aerial photo of the southwest corner of the intersection of Veterans Avenue (U.S. Route 40) and Sunset Drive.

    This and other photos, and comments that include information about the photos, are online at Vandalia Memories, a Facebook page started in June 2010 by Kathy Schultz of Vandalia.

  • Living Our History

    Vandalia's inaugural Lincoln Heritage Festival was held over the weekend, featuring a lot of activities and some presentations about Vandalia during the time that Abraham Lincoln served as a state representative at the Vandalia Statehouse.

  • Bowen announces candidacy for sheriff

    A Vandalia man who has served as Fayette County’s coroner for the past 13 years wants to be the county’s next sheriff, saying that he already is very familiar with the office.

  • Man accepts eight years in prison

    A rural Brownstown man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty last week.
    Erich S. Kraemer, 24, last Tuesday signed a guilty plea for the charges of possession of methamphetamine precursors and theft more than $500.
    Judge James Roberts sentenced Kraemer to eight years in prison on the charge alleging that on April 26 of this year, he possessed pseudoephedrine “in a form other than a standard dose form, with the intent that it be used to manufacture (10-20 grams) of a substance containing methamphetmine.”