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Local News

  • 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.

  • Two killed in wreck early Sunday

    Both drivers sustained fatal injuries in a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. Route 51 south of Vandalia early Sunday morning.

    According to Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen, Robert Norris, 74, of Vernon, was traveling south on Route 51 when a northbound vehicle driven by 22-year-old Joshua Jezek of Sandoval crossed the center line, hitting the truck driven by Norris head-on.

    The vehicle driven by Jezek, who was identified on Monday afternoon, burst into flames.

    Norris and Jezek were pronounced dead at the scene by Bowen at 4:06 a.m.

  • Locks of Love Donation

    Madison Johnson, the daughter of Alan and Mary Johnson of Vandalia, recently donated 15 inches of her hair to Locks of Love, an organization that provides wigs for cancer patients. She had her hair cut at Cut Loose on Feb. 1.