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Local News

  • Spring Storm

    A spring storm on Saturday evening hit hardest in the southeast part of Fayette County.

    Some of the most significant damage was at the home of Pete and Pam LeDuc in the Augsburg area (first photo). A large evergreen tree was felled, leaving a large hole in the roof and breaking out a large window in the front of their home. Also in that area, Wilberton Township employee Keith Cole was called out to plow roads covered with hail (second photo).

  • Teen murderer allowed to remain in juvenile facility

    A judge has ruled that a Loogootee teen who murdered a neighbor couple while they slept in their home will remain in the state’s juvenile corrections system for the time being.
    Judge Michael McHaney filed that ruling in the Clifford W. Baker case on Monday, three days after hearing arguments related to Baker’s possible transfer to the state’s adult corrections system.
    Baker will now become eligible for transfer to the Illinois Department of Corrections when he turns 18 in December.

  • Graham plant closing

    Vandalia’s mayor learned on Tuesday morning that Graham Packaging plans to close its local plant later this year, which will result in the loss of about 200 jobs.

  • The Lions bring the circus to town
  • One-Vehicle Accident

    A Mulberry Grove woman was injured in a one-vehicle accident on Old Ill. Route 140 west of Hagarstown on Sunday evening.

  • Soroptimists again holding Vandalia Idol competition

    The Vandalia Soroptimists will hold their second Vandalia Idol contest this June.
    Registrations forms are now available at the local area banks and the Vandalia KC Campus. Last year, 32 participants competed for the title of Vandalia Idol. Jordan Brown of Vandalia was last year’s Idol, with Ravyn Gouch of Mulberry Grove coming in second.
    The format will remain the same this year, with two nights of auditions in which the three finalists will advance to the finale on June 30.

  • Family YMCA offering Healthy Kids Day

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County will hold YMCA Healthy Kids Day this Saturday.
    The day will include:
    • A 5K fun run and walk.
    • Dodgeball
    • 1-mile fun family walk
    • Fitness Fun 101
    • Sand volleyball
    • Hit, Pitch and Run competition.
    The fun run and walk begins from the Family YMCA on Rock Island Avenue at 9 a.m. There is no charge, and water bottles will be provided to all runners and walkers.

  • National Week of Prayer

    Mayor Rick Gottman signed a proclamation declaring this week as National Week of Prayer in Vandalia.

    Pictured, from left, are the Rev. Tom Farris, president of the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance; Gottman; and the Rev. Dr. Roger Grimmett, local National Week of Prayer chairman.

  • Relay for Life set for June 2

    This year's Fayette County Relay for Life is scheduled for Saturday, June 2, in the top loop of the Lincoln Loop Walking Trail in Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia.
    Organizers are asking for the donation of camper for the evening. It will be used for the collection and counting of money throughout the evening.
    Organizers are also seeking the donation of three gas-powered golf cars for the event.
    Individuals who are willing to donate the use of a camper or golf cars may contact Dave Rickman at 283-7066.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 3

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The CEFS Fayette Outreach office, 517 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia, will hold an open house in celebration of Community Action Month from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be given away.