Local News

  • Northside helping with homework

    Northside Christian Church is known for its tendency to reach out to help others in the community, and it saw an opportunity to help children with their school work twice a week, even to the point of providing transportation for them, as they realize that parents are often still at work at that time.

  • Flag Retirement Ceremony
  • Olde Tyme Christmas

    Though Christmas is still six weeks away, two organizations are combining to get local residents into the holiday spirit this weekend.
    The Downtown Vandalia Merchants Association and Vandalia Tourism Commission are sponsoring Olde Tyme Christmas downtown this Friday night and Saturday.
    The holiday event runs from 5-10 p.m. on Friday, then continues from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday.
    It kicks off with the lighting of the city Christmas tree at Seventh and Gallatin streets at 5 p.m., followed by the annual Vandalia Rotary Club Christmas parade.

  • Impasse effect

    The state’s budget impasse is having a big impact on the city of Vandalia’s financial status, Mayor Rick Gottman told the city council on Monday.
    As the treasurer’s report was presented to the council for approval, Gottman pointed out that the state has fallen way behind on its tax payments to the city.
    For example, he said:
    • The general sales tax payment made to the city, in October, was the July payment. The first six payments ranged from $125,586.12 to $154,443.29.

  • New beautification group will solicit volunteers

    A new city committee charged with developing plans to improve Vandalia’s appearance will be asking clubs, organizations and churches to join them in that work.
    At its Tuesday meeting – one of the first meetings of the small group formed by Mayor Rick Gottman – members of the city’s beautification discussed a letter that had been drafted as a way of getting community members involved in beautification efforts.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Oct. 29

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steak House.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ 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.

  • Halloween in Vandalia

    • St. James Lutheran annual chili supper, 727 W. Gallatin St., 4-7 p.m.
    • Vandalia Lions Club Halloween parade, 7 p.m.
    • “Hospital of Horrors” haunted house at the former Washington School, after the parade.
    • “Hospital of Horrors” haunted house, 7-11 p.m.
    • Downtown Trick of Treat – story time at Evans Public Library, 10 a.m.; downtown trick or treating, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; children’s costume contest at Family Video, 12:30 p.m.

  • Truitt named Lions' parade grand marshal

    A Vandalia woman who was raised here, then became involved in numerous community organizations after moving back is the grand marshal for the 72nd annual Vandalia Lions Club Halloween parade.

  • The ramifications of sexting

    Vandalia Community High School students learned last week that sending sexual text and photo messages has both moral and legal ramifications.

  • Traffic stop nets big drug bust

    A Utah woman is being held in Fayette County Jail on $500,000 bond after being arrested on felony cannabis charges last Thursday afternoon.