Local News

  • Burglaries at lake investigated

    Local law enforcement authorities are asking for the public’s help in solving a rash of burglaries on the north side of Vandalia Lake.
    Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith said that as of Tuesday morning, his department had received 14 reports of break-ins at Vandalia Lake lots.
    Numerous items were taken during the burglaries, with the televisions being the most common, according to Smith.
    Anyone having information about the break-ins is asked to either contact the sheriff’s office, 283-2141, or call the Crimestoppers number, 283-1986.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, October 6

    ✔ 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.

    Friday, October 7

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Teen Advisory Board meets at 4 p.m. Teens interested in joining the board should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.

  • Three arrested on meth charges

    Three individuals were arrested on methaphetamine charges on Friday as a result of an ongoing investigation.

  • Election 2017

    While most of us are focusing on the general election this November, some individuals are already looking ahead to next spring, when a consolidated election is held for municipalities, school boards and park districts.

  • Growing crops ... & young minds

    “I’ve had 35-year-old people who have lived in this community all of their life ask me why farmers are blowing all of the corn out the back of the combine.”

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, September 29

    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers Association meets at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. All retired teachers in Fayette County are invited to attend. For more information, contact Diane Curll at 283-0492.
    ✔ Evans Public Library’s Homeschool Group will meet from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.

  • 'Party in the Park'
  • New route for VCHS homecoming parade

    The route for this year’s Vandalia Community High School homecoming parade is radically different, with several factors contributing to the change.

  • National Road Kiosk Dedication
  • City cannabis, paraphernalia law on the books

    To address a change in state law, the Vandalia City Council voted on Monday to make possession of a small amount of marijuana or drug paraphernalia a city ordinance violation.
    But approval of the ordinance did not come without significant debate.
    The measure passed in a 6-1 vote, with aldermen Jerry Swarm, Andy Lester, Ken Hubler, Russ Stunkel, Joel Rebbe and B. John Clark voted for it, and Dorothy Crawford casting the lone dissenting vote.
    Crawford initiated the lengthy discussion, citing her reasons for not supporting such an ordinance.