Local News

  • News Briefs Oct. 20

    Route 51 group will meet Wednesday

    The U.S. Route 51 Vandalia Community Advisory Group will meet from 6-8 p.m. next Wednesday at Vandalia City Hall.
    The meeting will include a discussion on the four Route 51 alternatives around Vandalia being discussed, and some challenges that the Illinois Department of Transportation sees with those alternatives.

    Methodist Men's fish fry is Nov. 3

  • Community Calendar Oct. 20

    Thursday, October 20

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Maranatha's Salon, Spa and Tanning will hold a Keep Abreast/Spread the Love event to raise funds for a digital mammography machine at Fayette County Hospital. The event will include a cut-athon from 3-6 p.m. and a drawing at The Copper Penny at 7 p.m. Prizes include an iPad2, Botox, a day of beauty at the spa and a Glo Mineral and Therapeutic give-away.

  • Fire destroys home Saturday

    A rural Vandalia home was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning, with the residents of the home escaping after being awakened by breaking glass.
    Vandalia’s volunteer firefighters were called to the home of Monica Harre and Brian Brown at 8:09 a.m.

    Firefighters arrived at the Shafter Township residence, located northeast of the Shrine Club, at 8:25 a.m., and found the home fully involved in fire.

  • Well: AYP goals are not realistic

    Students in the Vandalia School District showed improvements in standardized test scores in math and science this year, but according to the state’s current yardstick, the district is failing.
    Superintendent Rich Well begs to differ.
    “The reality is that the goals they have set are a setup for failure,” Well said at Tuesday’s monthly meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education. “We improved our scores this year, but we didn’t meet the state’s standard – which goes up by 7.5 percent each year.”

  • Gallatin work about done

    The streetscape work in the 700 block of West Gallatin Street is so far ahead of schedule that the Vandalia Lions Club’s Halloween parade can follow its long-standing route.
    Mayor Rick Gottman told city aldermen on Monday that the general contractor for the project, Mettler Development of Highland, has only some minor work left on the project for the time being.
    The contractor will be able to finish the project when the period street lights arrive at the beginning of December.

  • Speaker lists suicide warning signs

    As Dr. Elizabeth Ladin-Gross talked to area students and parents last week about suicide, she was speaking from experience.

  • McCarter to host senior seminar

    State Sen. Kyle McCarter is hosting a free Financial Information Seminar for area seniors on Monday at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
    “The seminar will provide valuable consumer and financial information to help seniors remain independent and financially safe,” said McCarter (R-Lebanon).
    The event will be held from 9 a.m.-noon and will include representatives from the offices of State Treasurer Dan Rutherford and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

  • News Briefs II

    Coroner gives info on two deaths

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen has released information on two recent deaths.
    Bowen was called to the home of Arthur Martin early last Friday morning.
    Bowen said that Martin, 54, has sustained what he determined to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He pronounced Martin dead at 6:54 a.m. on Friday.
    Early Monday morning, Bowen said, a rural Mason man was found dead in a bean field in Fayette County.
    The man was identified as Allan Morris, 63, of Mason.

  • Taylor elected VVFD chief

    Ed Taylor Jr.was elected chief of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department at the department's business meeting last Wednesday.

    Taylor, who is in his 32nd year on the department, was promoted from first assistant chief. He joined the department in 1979, and has been first assistant chief since February 1998.

    Taylor succeeds Merle Adermann, who retired last month after 37 years on the department and 19 years as the VVFD chief.

  • We Apologize

    The judgment against St. Elmo Mayor Larry Tish in the lawsuit filed by Ken Thomason in federal court did not include court costs and attorneys fees.
    A clerk in federal court in East St. Louis confirmed that the court has not yet made a judgment on court costs and attornyes fees.
    We apologize for the error.