Local News

  • FAYCO seeks public's help to improve recycling program

    The recycling program for Vandalia and Fayette County has grown by leaps and bounds since it has been provided on a regular basis by FAYCO Enterprises.

  • Warning issued for senior citizens

    As the summer season approaches, incidents of crime directed at senior citizens rise.
    As a result of the warm weather construction season, offenders cruise residential neighborhoods looking for elderly people outside their homes, performing such chores as gardening.
    Once that senior is located, the perpetrator’s ruse begins.
    The offenders will lure the senior citizen into the backyard under the guise of showing something requiring immediate attention.

  • Shobonier School Reunion is Sunday

    The annual Shobonier School Reunion will be held this Sunday at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.
    A social gathering is at 11 a.m., and a buffet lunch is at noon.
    A short business meeting will be held at approximately 1:30 p.m.
    Anyone who attended Shobonier School, or has ties to the school, is invited to attend.

  • War of 1812 Remembrance Day

    Mayor Rick Gottman has signed a proclamation declaring Monday, June 18, as the War of 1812 Remembrance Day.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 7

    ✔ 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, June 8

    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia. Every presenting donor will receive a T-shirt.
    Saturday, June 9

  • Laying it on Thick

    An employee of Quality Assured Industrial Coatings of Alton applies a new coat of paint to the exterior of Vandalia's water tower on Thrill Hill. The project, which includes work on both the exterior and interior of the water tower, is scheduled to be completed this month.

  • Heli-Trimmer

    A helicopter with a cutting device featuring several circular blades was used to trim tree limbs near power lines on the banks of the Kaskaskia River just east of Vandalia last Thursday.

  • New law requires background checks for city licenses

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday an ordinance amendment that requires a background check prior to the issuance of city business licenses.
    The council also approved an ordinance change that increases the penalties for public decency violations, but did not act on a law change governing penalties for city code violations.
    The law requiring background checks for business license applicants, and their employees, comes about four months after the council began discussing such a requirement.

  • Walking for a Cause
  • Only one person at school hearing

    Only one person showed up for a public meeting held last Thursday by Vandalia school officials to explain district’s new drug screening policy for all extracurricular activity participants.
    But that person provided a little pushback on the policy passed by the board of education in April.
    “I don’t think that the privilege of participating in extracurricular activities should come at the expense of sacrificing a personal liberty,” said Dave Hall, a Vandalia minister, who also is a substitute teacher in the district.