Local News

  • Community Garden volunteers needed


    The need for more volunteers was the main topic of discussion at the spring organizational meeting for Vandalia’s Little Community Garden.

    At the meeting, held in March at the Fayette County Extension Office, garden volunteers discussed:

  • Mt. Olive man back in prison after incident early Monday


    A Mt. Olive man is back in the Illinois Department of Corrections after being arrested early Monday morning on aggravated arson and methamphetamine charges.

    The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department were called to the home of John Cearlock at about 1:30 a.m. for a report of a vehicle fire and criminal incident.

  • Calendar


    Thursday, April 10


  • Animal rescue group offers help to city



    A animal rescue group based in Montgomery County has offered its services to Vandalia.

  • Council OKs four TIF agreements


    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday funding assistance for improvements to three businesses and for the enhancement of Internet service to the city’s west side.

    The council approved Tax Increment Financing agreements with:

  • Route 51 project on to next step


    As the deadline for public comments nears, the Illinois Department of Transportation is preparing to select the routes for four-lane expansion of U.S. Route 51 through this area.


    The agency held informal public meetings in Ramsey, Vandalia and Patoka last week in order to receive comments from area residents on the proposed route alternatives in the three communities, and it will continue taking comments through April 21.

  • County board meeting is next Thursday

    The Fayette County Board will meet at 7 p.m. next Thursday, not Tuesday, as reported in this week's issue.

    The meeting date was changed because township annual meetings are on the first Tuesday in April.

    At Thursday's meeting, the board will:

    • Approve the resignation of District 1 board member A.J. Loy Staff.

    • Discuss a possible budget amendment to cover payroll and Workers' Compensation audit.

    • Discuss possible changes to salaries of elected officials.

  • FCHD celebrates Public Health Week

    Every year in the United States, seven out of 10 deaths are due to preventable chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
    In fact, chronic diseases account for 75 percent of the national health care spending, yet only 3 percent of the country’s health care dollars go toward prevention.
    In Fayette County, many residents are living with a costly and potentially life-threatening chronic illness. But there are steps that can be taken to help turn these statistics around.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 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.

  • McHaney is new 4th Circuit chief judge

    Michael D. McHaney was recently elected as chief judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit.