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Local News

  • Online History & Memories

    What started out as a discussion between two women on Facebook about some of the things from Vandalia’s past quickly developed into a Facebook page that is documenting the town’s history.

  • Cameras in the Courtroom

    While the Illinois Supreme Court has given its OK for cameras in Illinois courts, it’s not likely that you’ll see any cameras in Fayette County’s courtrooms in the near future.
    And even if you did, the coverage that you see in this county will be different than that in the state’s metropolitan areas.
    Judge Gene Schwarm, Fayette County’s resident circuit judge and chief judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit, points out that the Supreme Court’s decision allows circuits to apply for participation in what is essentially a test.

  • Pana man killed in wreck Sunday morning

    A Pana man was killed in a one-vehicle accident about three miles north of Ramsey late Sunday morning.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Avgary G. Kehias, 88, was northbound in a 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck at about 11:13 a.m. when the vehicle left the road, struck a utility pole and rolled over.
    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said that Kehias was ejected from the vehicle upon impact. Bowen pronounced Kehias dead at Fayette County Hospital.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 1

    ✔ 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, March 2

    ✔ The Fayette County Knights of Columbus will hold an all-you-can-eat fish fry from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Mother of Dolors Parish Center, Seventh and St. Clair streets, Vandalia. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-11. Carry-outs are available.
     Saturday, March 3

  • HMG honored for downtown streetscape project

    A project to improve downtown Vandalia’s appearance and infrastructure has generated an award for the engineering firm that designed it.

  • School board OKs new contracts for administrators

    In a meeting that lasted about 45 minutes, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday approved multi-year contracts for most of its administrators and OK’d the purchase of a school bus.

  • Alderman gets free help with river intake

    As it has worked to get its financial house in order, the city of Vandalia has allowed one costly project to fall by the wayside for the time being.
    But one alderman doesn’t want that to continue.
    Terry Beesley told Mayor Rick Gottman and other city aldermen on Tuesday night that he had contacted a number of governmental agencies about providing some advice on the city’s raw water intake on the Kaskaskia River.
    Beesley said he finally found someone willing to listen to him, and to consider providing some assistance.

  • Two killed in wreck early Sunday morning

    Both drivers were killed in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Route 51 south of Vandalia early Sunday morning.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, February 23

    ✔ A meeting of the Downtown Vandalia Merchants Co-op will be held at 5 p.m. at Old Town Cheese on Gallatin Street.
    ✔ 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, February 25

  • News Briefs

    Lincoln Day Dinner is Saturday

    The Fayette County Republican Central Committee will hold its annual Lincoln Day Dinner this Saturday evening at the American Legion Home in  Vandalia.
    The event begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and a program.
    Speakers will include U.S. Congressman John Shimkus, state Sen. John O. Jones, state Sen. Kyle McCarter, state Rep. John Cavaletto, Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen and Joshua Morrison, Republican candidate for state's attorney.