Local News

  • School district watching spending

    Three-quarters of the way through the fiscal year, administrators in the Vandalia Community School District are continuing to watch their expenses in the face of shrinking state revenues.
    In fact, district expenses through March this year are actually $1.2 million less than they were a year ago at this time.
    “With the price of nearly everything going up, that’s a significant accomplishment by our teachers and administrators,” said Superintendent Rich Well.

  • City OKs water pact for parks

    The Vandalia City Council approved a water services agreement with the Vandalia Park District that one alderman describes as a partnership to serve city residents.
    Through the agreement, the city will not charge the park district for water used to fill the pool at the beginning of the pool’s season. That amount is estimated at 193,000 gallons.
    For water used during the remainder of the swimming season, the park district will be billed at half the usual charge.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 19

    ✔ 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.
    Friday, April 20

  • Easter parade of activities
  • Ultimate Grand Supreme Queen

    Farelisse Lassor, of Vandalia, competed in the French Lick, Ind., Casino Pageant on March 31, winning the crown of Ultimate Grand Supreme Queen.

  • Helping Tornado Victims

    Siblings Marjorie Price, age 15, and Michael Price, age 17, recently decided that they would help out victims of the Harrisburg tornado.

    They began raising donations at Vandalia Community High School, then went around to local businesses. Last week, they sent off about $200 to help the victims. "Because the government wasn't helping," Michael said, "we knew that they would need all of the help they could get."

  • First Assembly of God team helps residents of Harrisburg

    On Saturday, March 10, 14 volunteers from First Assembly of God in Vandalia, headed up by Tanya Sachan, left Vandalia to help in Harrisburg.

  • Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    Mayor Rick Gottman has signed a proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Vandalia.

    Above, Gottman is flanked by Teresa Duckworth (left), SAFE advocate, and Tamela Polanin, SAFE adult counselor.

  • Save Our Children Day

    Mayor Rick Gottman has signed a proclamation declaring Saturday, April 21, as Save Our Children Day in Vandalia.

    On that day, First Pentecostal Church in Vandalia will hold its annual Peanut Drive, with the proceeds benefitting local, state and national children's ministries. Shown with Gottman is the Rev. Daniel McDonald, pastor of First Pentecostal Church.

  • First Food Bank is this Saturday at VCHS

    The funding drive to bring the Central Illinois Food Bank back to Fayette County has passed the halfway mark on its goal of $3,300.
    In March, the Fayette County Farm Bureau learned that the funding for the mobile food bank had been reduced, and it might not be able to return to Fayette County.
    The Farm Bureau Foundation decided to step up and try to raise the $3,300 needed to bring the food bank back to Fayette County three times this year. Letters were sent to area civic organizations, churches and businesses looking for support.