Local News

  • Former MG man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison

    A Bond County man convicted of possession of child pornography was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on June 17.
    A U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, said that  Daniel Allen Neer, 38, formerly of Mulberry Grove, was ordered to serve the statutory maximum 10-year sentence consecutively to an undischarged six-year sentence he is serving based upon his 2012 conviction in Bond County for aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim between the ages of 13 and 16.

  • Fire department looking to replace ladder truck

    A Vandalia City Council committee will recommend next week that the city’s volunteer fire department be allowed to begin looking into the replacement of one of its major trucks.
    Two members of the council’s public safety committee – chairman Jerry Swarm and Russ Stunkel – and Mayor Rick Gottman met with the three Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department chiefs on the issue of the department’s aerial apparatus.

  • City files papers to stop lake restaurant

    One day after the city council voted to affirm its decision to take a proposed Vandalia Lake restaurant to court, the city filed the papers to make that decision official.
    The city’s legal counsel, Burnside, Johnson and Sheafor, filed in Fayette County Circuit Court on Tuesday a complaint for declaratory judgment.
    Named in the complaint are Steve and Latisha Mabry, who are planning to open a steakhouse, Lake House, on Vandalia Lake.

  • IHPA director looks over the Vandalia Statehouse

    While assessing the condition of the Vandalia Statehouse last week, the director of the state agency that oversees the building offered reminders of what it means to Vandalia and Illinois.

  • Soroptimists Beautify Downtown Vandalia

    Soroptimist International of Vandalia has again enhanced the downtown district by planting flowers in barrels in front of businesses.

    In the first photo, from left, Joanna Helm, Amber Miller and Megan McCarty plant flowers in front of Helm's business, Words, Wicks and Wood. In the second photo, from left to right, Soroptimist members Angela Graves, Marion Shroyer, Marilyn Cole, Teresa Walker and Cheryl England are shown on a planting day.

  • Tools for School drive under way

    Once again the Tools for School program, which provides free school supplies to students who need help in Fayette County only, is under way.
    The first step is to receive donations from individuals, churches, businesses, clubs and others. Gifts of money enable the purchase of exactly what the teachers indicate their students need.
    Those who wish to donate supplies, may contact First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia, 283-0927, to see what is needed.

  • Donation to Habitat Store
  • Results of art shows at Artworks Gallery are announced

    The annual Amateur Town & Country Art Show and the Professional Art Show for 2013 were held June 15-23.

  • New VPD officer
  • 20 Years with VPD