Local News

  • Museum's new Season of Events schedule announced

    The Fayette County Museum has announced the 2016-17 Season of Events in Wesley Hall at First United Melodist Church, located at Madison and Fourth streets in Vandalia.
    At 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, Stan Seevers of Argenta will present a very popular program, “Stan’s What’s It’s.”
    Severs will bring a variety of tools from his extensive collection of tools used in farms and homes in the past. After those present pass around the tools and try to identify each, Seevers will announce what each was used for.

  • Backpacks 2 School party is Monday

    The economy today has affected families in some areas and the members First United Methodist Church of Vandalia recognize this fact.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 11

    ✔ Tools for School, which provides free school supplies for in-need students pre-kindergarten through junior college, will be operating from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1221 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia. All students must accompany their parents, and they are to enter through the north door of the church.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District meets at 4:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Room at Evans Public Library in Vandalia.

  • Extension helping food pantries

    The face of hunger may surprise you.
    It’s the family of four where both parents work extra jobs to cover growing expenses. It’s the single dad trying to care for his children while attending night classes. It’s the senior citizen stretching his social security check to cover both medication and food. It’s the young high school graduate skipping meals to cover expenses of her first apartment.

  • State tourism director visits Vandalia

    For some time, Mayor Rick Gottman has been in touch with the director of the Illinois Office of Tourism, encouraging him to visit Vandalia. Last week, Cory Jobe took Gottman up on that offer.

  • Reeter hired for ROE post

    Angela Reeter has always had a goal of working for the Regional Office of Education. That doesn’t mean that it was easy to make such a career move.

  • Restructuring OK'd for Brownstown School District

    Following the resignation of the principal at its elementary school, the Brownstown School District has moved forward with some restructuring that has its other administrators pulling double duty.
    After the resignation of long-time Brownstown Elementary School Principal Angela Reeter (see separate stories), the district spread those principal duties between the district superintendent, Adam Bussard, and its junior-senior high principal, Mike Shackelford.

  • County makes another fund loan

    The Fayette County Board has continued to transfer funds to meet the county’s financial obligations, and to look at possible ways to alleviate the need to make such transfers.
    While the board on Tuesday approved another loan of up to $250,000 from the county’s capital improvement fund to its general fund, numerous board members said they don’t like doing it. But, they added, there’s really no other option at this time.

  • Council OKs 3 TIF grants, reads license requests

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday three Tax Increment Financing grants and conducted the first readings of two requests for liquor licenses that allow gaming operations.
    Two of the TIF grants are assisting with the startup of new businesses, both coffee shops, and the third is for a building currently housing a business.

  • Pipeline restoration work well under way

    The Southern Access Extension Pipeline Project was successful in achieving its December 2015 in-service date. Restoration, which is the final phase of the project, is under way and will continue through the end of summer 2016.
    Restoration crews are preparing to return the right of way to conditions established under landowner agreements and regulatory agencies.
    The Illinois Extension Pipeline Co. has been assessing soil conditions and other environmental considerations to optimize successful restoration.