Local News

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, September 22

    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Friday, September 23

    ✔ The 42nd annual Grande Levée gets under way on the Vandalia Statehouse grounds. Schedule information appears on pages 1 and 16.

  • White offers reminders about child safety seats

    Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White encouraged parents and caregivers to make sure children are properly secured in appropriate child safety seats, including booster seats, as studies show the vast majority are improperly installed.
    White made the announcement during National Child Passenger Safety Week.

  • Fayette County announces tax sale

    Fayette County, as trustee, has completed its tax deed proceedings on real estate properties that were delinquent for 2007 and mobile homes that were delinquent for 2008 and prior real estate taxes.
    The county will now offer for sale the real estate and mobile homes obtained to the public. They will offer approximately 13 real estate items and two mobile home items through a sealed bid auction sale.

  • City Honors Blackerby for service to DARE Program

    Mayor Rick Gottman, left, and Police Chief Larry Eason, right, represented the city in recognizing Vandalia Police Department officer Rob Blackerby for his nine years of service as the city's DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer. The city recently decided to discontinue the DARE program as part of its spending cutbacks.

  • News Briefs

    Wilkerson family benefit is Sunday
     A benefit for the Brad Wilkerson family will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Vandalia Moose Lodge. Brad and Angela (Donder) Wilkerson and their children lost their home and possessions in a fire recently.
    The benefit will include music by "Substance" and multiple gun raffles. A meal will be available, with the cost being $7 for adults and $4 for children age 10 and under; children under 5 will be served free of charge.

  • Adermann steps down as VVFD chief

    Merle Adermann, chief of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department since October 1992, has stepped down from the department's top position.

    Adermann, who was in his 37th year, as a VVFD member, retired from the department's at the VVFD's business meeting on Wednesday.

    First Assistant Chief Ed Taylor, who is in his 32nd year on the department, is the acting chief.

  • Special museum program is this Sunday

    The special exhibit at the Fayette County Museum in September is “Civil War Letters, Pictures and Artifacts.
    The letters and photographs are from museum collections, and the artifacts are on loan from Fayette County history collectors Dale Reeves and Dave Marler.
    The museum welcomed 207 visitors in August, including the Corner Stone Seniors from Shiloh and a family group from Tinley Park.
    This month’s special event, in keeping with the Civil War theme, is on Sunday in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.

  • CEFS honors Rohlfingsmeier

    C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation recently showcased its 46th year of accomplishments demonstrating the fact that community action helps people and changes lives.
    During the 2011 annual meeting, some special people were recognized for overcoming obstacles in obtaining or maintaining self-sufficiency.
    According to C.E.F.S. Chief Executive Officer Paul White, “This past year, our programs and services truly made a real difference in the lives of residents of the community.”

  • CEFS accepting IHEAP applications

    The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation is now accepting applications for the 2012 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
    September and October are priority months reserved for those households that have either a member aged 60 and above or disabled. Appointments can be made by contacting the local C.E.F.S. County Outreach offices.
    Households that have children under the age of 5 may make appointments beginning on Oct. 3. Proof of age will be required.

  • K of C MH Days

    Mayor Rick Gottman, right, has signed a proclamation declaring this Friday and Saturday as Knights of Columbus MH Days in Vandalia.

    On Friday and Saturday, members of the Knights of Columbus will be handing out Tootsie Rolls and accepting donations for programs that benefit mentally handicapped children in Fayette County, including Special Olympics, FAYCO Enterprises activiteis and EMH/TMH activities at local schools. With Gottman is Mike Sahr, the MH chairman for the Fayette County Knights of Columbus.