Local News

  • Next step in comprehensive plan process

    Now that Vandalia officials and city department heads have had their chance to give input on a plan for the city’s future, it’s now time for city residents to make their contributions.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced on Monday that on March 15, Vandalia residents can make their contributions to the development of a new comprehensive plan.
    That public meeting will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus on West Fillmore Street.

  • Safety for city workers urged

    Whether it be to repair water line breaks, fill potholes or paint road markings, Vandalia’s public works department employees are often working on or alongside roads in the city many times throughout the year.
    With that in mind, motorists need to slow down when they see city employees busy with those tasks.
    “People need to drive safely through work zones,” Alderman B. John Clark, chairman of the council’s streets committee, said at Monday’s council meeting.

  • Aldermen, Filer discuss matters related to city water supply

    The Vandalia City Council discussed just about all aspects of the city’s water distribution during its Monday meeting.
    The discussion started when Alderman Dorothy Crawford, chairman of the council’s water and sewer committee, reported on a “massive leak” late last week that “almost emptied both towers.”

  • Early voting now available at county clerk's office

    Due to a ruling handed down by the Illinois Apellate Court, the Fayette County Clerk and Recorder’s office is now open for early voting for the March 20 primary general election.
    Early voting is available in room 106 in the Fayette County Courthouse from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, through 4 p.m. on Monday, March 19.
    Grace period voting is available until 7 p.m. on election night, March 20.


  • We Apologize

    As a matter of clarification, the apartment complex mentioned in a story about a shooting incident in last week's issue is owned by Heart and Homes, not Heart and Home Realty.
    We apologize for any misunderstanding.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 8

    ✔ Evans Public Library’s Homeschool Group will meet from 1-2 p.m. Anyone intersted in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.

    Friday, March 2

    ✔ The Vandalia Moose Lodge will hold a chicken and fish dinner from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person.
    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.

  • Paying Tribute
  • FIT kits making a difference

    Early numbers show that the Fayette County Health Department’s aggressive approach toward the prevention and early treatment of colorectal cancer is being successful.
    Since beginning to offer FIT (fecal immunochemical testing) kits at the beginning of October, the health department has passed out 61 kits.
    Of the 60 kits that were tests, 20 showed abnormalities, a positivity rate of 33 percent, well above the national rate of 7-13 percent.

  • Murder trial set for June

    A jury trial for the St. Peter man who was arrested on murder charges last August has been sent to begin on June 18.

  • Guilty in child pornography case

    A Vandalia man who was found guilty on child pornography charges last week could, under Illinois law, be sentenced to more than 100 years in prison.