Local News

  • NEW: Committee meeting on leaf burning is Tuesday

    The Vandalia City Council's streets committee will meet at 4 p.m. this Tuesday at city hall to discuss leaf burning.

    The meeting is open to the public, with residents being allowed to voice their opinions on leaf burning in the community.

    Mayor Rick Gottman asked the committee to hold a meeting on the issue after receiving several complaints about leaf burning.

  • VFW will again lay veterans' wreaths

    Wreath Across America will be held on Dec. 10, and the VFW Auxiliary at Old Capitol Post 3862 in Vandalia will participate in the event for the second consecutive year.
    There are 97 graves in the veterans’ plot at Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia, and many more veterans' graves in local cemeteries.
    The local VFW Auxiliary will put out 120 wreaths from last year, as well as more wreaths from this year’s donations.
    Members of the VFW Auxiliary will be at Fairlawn Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Dec. 10.

  • St. Elmo Soldier

    Staff Sgt. Ryan K. Howell (right), squad leader, Regional Command (South) protective service detail, 82nd Airborne Division, from St. Elmo, looks over weapons with an Afghan Border Patrol soldier during a mission on Nov. 2.

    Howell and his team routinely escort the leadership of RC(S) to various locations within the region for meetings with Afghan leaders, securing the routes they travel on and the locations of the meetings. During these missions, the team has frequent interactions with Afghan military, police and civilians, particularly children.

  • Library Story Time

    Evans Public Library in Vandalia hosted a Halloween story time during the Downtown Trick or Treat held on Saturday, Oct. 29.

    Above, Linda Kelly of the library staff reads to some costumed youngsters.

  • News Briefs

    FCHD to train hospice volunteers

    The Fayette County Health Department will be holding a hospice volunteer training class on Friday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the health department building, which is located at 416 W. Edwards St. in Vandalia.
    In that training, participants will learn how to provide support for terminally ill people and their families.
    For more information or to register for the class, call 283-7262.

    Family Video collects food with contest

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, November 10

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Land of Lincoln Credit Union, located at 925 New York Drive, Suite 4, will host a Vandalia Chamber of Commerce Business After-Hours from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided.

  • Avenue of Flags volunteers needed

    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia will put out its Avenue of Flags display this Friday, but post members need some help in doing so.
    Residents who wish to help putting out the American flags are to report to the Legion Home, 321 S. Seventh St., by 6 a.m.
    Breakfast will be served to volunteers after the flags are put out.

  • Northside Church will host Veterans' Day observance

    A local church has stepped up for a service to honor veterans this Friday morning.
    Northside Christian Church is inviting local veterans, and the general public, to a Veterans’ Day observance at 11 a.m.
    During the service at the church, which is located at 1845 W. Jackson St., both local veterans and current members of the armed forces will be recognized and invited to share their memories.
    The church pastor, the Rev. Carl Rhodes, will deliver a brief memorial address, which will be followed with a prayer for this country, its military and its leaders.

  • City to look at 3 levy options

    Vandalia’s aldermen were presented on Monday with three options for a new tax levy, and in reviewing those options, council members said they welcome input from the public.
    Some aldermen said they also want some input from residents on the issue of leaf burning.
    Mayor Rick Gottman said that he had met earlier in the day with Executive Secretary LaTisha Paslay and Dale Timmermann, a local CPA whose firm performs the city audit, to discuss the new tax levy.

  • County has balanced budget ... BUT

    The Fayette County Board approved a balanced budget for the coming fiscal year on Tuesday, but the board chairman said it’s only balanced because of monies transferred into the general fund.
    And as board Chairman Steve Knebel said the transfer of $355,000 from the capital improvement fund is necessary to balance the budget, he doesn’t favor similar transfers in the coming year.
    But even with a balanced budget, Knebel said, the county’s department heads will have to be vigilant about their spending.