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  • City OKs its share for bridge project

    The Vandalia City Council on Monday approved a resolution that authorizes the spending of its share for the replacement of two bridges at Fifth and Randolph streets.
    The resolution states that the city will contribute $290,000 toward the total project cost of $1.427-million.
    Mayor Rick Gottman told aldermen that while the city had hoped to have the project included in the state’s March project bidding, that will not be possible “because of (additional) steps now required by the state.”

  • County Board to act on budget this Friday

    The Fayette County Board will meet in special session this Friday evening to vote on a budget for the new fiscal year, and approval of that budget as presented could include the return of the chief deputy position for the sheriff’s office.

    The new budget will be brought to a vote after a public hearing on that budget, set for 6:30 p.m. in the large courtroom of the Fayette County Courthouse.

  • Meth arrests in rural cemetery

    Two Vandalia residents were arrested on methamphetamine charges on Friday evening after two off-duty county deputies noticed a car in Griffith Cemetery in rural Brownstown as they drove by on Interstate 70.

  • Drug sweep nets 10 arrests

    Ten individuals were arrested on Tuesday as several area law enforcement agencies worked together on a drug enforcement sweep.
    The sweep – which involved the Southeastern Illinois Drug Task Force, Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, Illinois State Police, Vandalia Police Department, Illinois Attorney General Police and Fayette County State’s Attorney – was conducted on arrests warrants for new drug charges.
    Those arrested on Tuesday, and their charges, include:

  • A joyful reunion

    For one-third of her young life, Madison Lash has been away from her family at their home in rural St. Elmo. And for all but five days of Madison’s time in St. Louis, her mother was right by her side.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Jan. 14

    ✔ Farm Credit of Illinois will host a crop insurance winter meeting from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., with lunch to follow, at the Carriage House Event Center in Altamont.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center on the Vandalia Community High School campus.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • New state laws go into effect

    On Jan. 1, 237 new laws went into effect in Illinois, including measures that impact fighting crime, government transparency, business, hunting, health and family.  
    When it comes to fighting crime, several news laws are making public safety a top priority.
    For example, individuals who continue to endanger citizens on Illinois roadways by repeatedly driving under the influence of alcohol, will have another barrier that can prevent them from getting back behind the wheel.

  • VPD's Top Gun
  • Hunt competing in state pageant

    The 57th Annual Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant will take place at the IAAF Convention held on Jan. 14-17 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, and Miss Fayette County Fair Queen Jenna Hunt will compete along with 69 other contestants from throughout the state.

  • Saturday fire destroys rural residence

    A fire early Saturday afternoon destroyed a residence east of Shobonier.
    Vandalia’s volunteer firefighters were called to the home of the Jeff and Evonne Stephenson on North 1100 St., a short distance south of the St. Peter Blacktop, at 12:32 p.m. on Saturday.
    Upon their arrival 12 minutes later, firefighters found the mobile home to be fully involved in flames.
    Vandalia Fire Chief Keith Meadows said that the Stephensons were at a neighbor’s residence when they saw smoke coming from their residence.