Local News

  • Vandalia Idol

    Her performance of Patsy Cline's "Walkin' After Midnight" earned Mary Ann Price (first photo) first place in the second annual Vandalia Idol competition held on Saturday by Soroptimist International of Vandalia.

    In the second photo are the four finalists chosen from 12 competitiors. From left to right, are: Arika Craig, fourth place; Jordan Boren, third place; Joy Rode, second place; and Price.

  • Zoo Program at Library

    As part of its summer reading program, Evans Public Library offered a special program featuring animals from Scovill Zoo in Decatur last Thursday.

  • We Apologize

    It was incorrectly stated in last week's issue that a trailer destroyed by fire was in Hall's Trailer Court. The trailer court is now owned by Will Baldock and is known as Central Illinois Rental.
    We apologize for the error.

  • Council learns about streetscape issues

    The Vandalia City Council on Monday paid the final bill on the city’s latest downtown streetscape work, and heard an update on the next project.
    It also learned why a section of Gallatin Street was cut out on Monday.
    The council approved a $4,002.36 payment to Mettler Development of Highland for streetscape work in the 700 block of West Gallatin Street that included a new road surface, curbing and period lighting.

  • 2012 Fayette County Fair Schedule

    2012 Fayette County Fair

    9 a.m.-Junior horse and pony show.
    2 p.m.-4-H rabbit show.
    5 p.m.-Junior rabbit show.
    10:30 a.m.-Open western horse show.
    Noon-4-H poultry show.
    1 p.m.-Judging of classes J, K, L, M, O, junior general projects, gardening, horticulture and crops.
    2 p.m.-Junior poultry show.
    5 p.m.-Jr. Miss Fayette County Pageant, followed by Mr. Fayette County Pageant.
    8 a.m.-4-H sheep show.
    11 a.m.-4-H beef show and 4-H dairy steers.

  • Farina's celebration is this Saturday

    Farina will hold its Independence Day celebration this Saturday at the Farina Village Park.
    The schedule for the celebration is as follows:
    • 1 p.m. – Parade signup.
    • 2 p.m. – Parade begins.
    • 2:30 p.m. – Food stand opens.
    • 3-9 p.m. – Kids’ games.
    • 4 p.m. – American Legion opening ceremony, including the presentation of colors and the national anthem by Kyla Stevens.
    • 4-9 p.m. – Bingo.
    • 4:30 p.m. – Cake walk.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 5

    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, July 7

    ✔ Farina will hold its Independence Day Celebration at the village park. A story on the celebration is below the calendar.
    Monday, July 9

  • Alderman addresses city's appearance

    One of Vandalia’s alderman said at Monday’s city council meeting that he would like to see an effort to improve the city’s appearance.
    “We have a lot of houses in the city of Vandalia that have been abandoned, (are) dilapidated, some people living in some that they probably shouldn’t be living in,” Terry Beesley said.
    “If anybody’s got any ideas – just think about it, what we can do, maybe we can budget more next year to get some of these knocked down,” Beesley said.

  • Water order still in effect

    With the rehabilitation of one of its water towers completed and that tower ready for use, the city of Vandalia is back to its normal water storage capacity.
    But, because of the ongoing hot and dry weather conditions, the city is continuing its voluntary water conservation order.
    The city council on Monday night approved the final payment of $86,400 to Quality Assured Industrial Coatings of Alton for its work on the Thrill Hill water tower.

  • 'It's not a pretty sight'

    It started out so well.