Local News

  • City will discuss downtown parking

    For the second time in three months, city officials began discussions about possible changes to laws governing parking in Vandalia’s downtown business district.
    They will continue those discussions after getting some input from local residents and business owners.
    Back in March, the city council began talking about possible law changes when Alderman Andy Lester passed on a complaint from a downtown merchant.

  • All Gave Some, Some Gave All
  • Rhoades named to Illinois 4-H Foundation Hall of Fame

    Mary Ann Rhoades has been selected as the 2012 Illinois 4-H Foundation Hall of Fame Award recipient from Fayette County.

  • Brownstown VFW holds Memorial Day services

    By Panzi Blackwell
    The numerous American flags at the Brownstown Memorial Wall seemed to be waving victoriously against the white clouds and blue sky as the people from Brownstown, Sefton and surrounding towns gathered to pay homage to the fallen heroes and the ones still protecting our country.

  • Walk Across America

    Donna Hale, center, leads the Walk Across America on Monday afternoon in downtown Vandalia.

    The 10th annual walk to show support for this country's troops was sponsored by Fraternal Order of Eagles and Auxiliary 3901, Helm DUI Services and Brownstown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9770.

  • New Cemetery Signage

    The old sign at the entrance of South Hill and Fairlawn cemeteries in Vandalia, shown in a photo taken by Alderman Neil F. Clark, was replaced last week with a new monument sign.

    The new sign was donated to the city by the family of George Stombaugh, with support from memorial funds received by the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department and a donation from Bob and Ruth Chandler.

  • Pursuit of escapee ends with wreck in Vandalia

    Charges are pending against an Oswego woman who escaped and stole a car while being transferred from one correctional facility to another.
    Latonya Sanders, 40, was taken into custody late Saturday evening after the stolen vehicle she was driving crashed on the west edge of Vandalia.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Sanders was being transferred by a private extradition company when she stole the car she was being transferred in. She allegedly took the vehicle during a stop at a Circle K station in Effingham, according to the ISP.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, May 31

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An informational meeting on the new drug testing policy for students in extracurricular activities at Vandalia Community High School will be held at 6 p.m. in the VCHS gym.
    ✔ 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 1

  • Remembering Those Who Gave All

    Memorial Day observances were held on Monday in Vandalia, St. Elmo and Brownstown.

  • Relay for Life is this weekend

    The 15th annual Fayette County Relay for Life is being held this weekend in Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia.
    The event gets under way when the grounds open at 4:30 p.m. Cancer survivor registration begins and “Rick Stanberry and the Family of One” will be performing at that time.
    The remainder of the schedule is as follows:
    • 5-8 p.m. – Kids’ Zone, featuring games, face-painting and balloon animals.