Local News

  • Meeting on cover crops on Monday

    According to the recently released Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, “The adoption of cover crops as a routine management practice may provide the best means of achieving large reductions in nutrient losses, particularly in the southern two-thirds of the state.” This strategy calls for a 45-percent reduction in phosphorus reaching the Mississippi River.

  • FNB celebrating 150th anniversary on Saturday

    First National Bank of Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka and Mulberry Grove is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and parties are being held in each community First National Bank serves.
    The Vandalia celebration is this Saturday, from 4-8 p.m., at Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street.  
    The celebration will include free food, such as pulled pork sandwiches; prize drawings, facepainting, a rope maker, and a bounce house and inflatable obstacle course.

  • Alert salesman aids quick arrests for burglaries

    Less than 20 hours after it received the first of numerous burglary reports, Vandalia Police arrested two individuals believed to be responsible for those thefts.
    Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray said that those arrests were possible because of an alert salesman at a store where there was an attempt to use a stolen credit card.
    On Monday, Gordon A. Michaelson, 37, of Rosco, and Scott A. Kilgore, 45, of Matteson, were charged with a Class 3 felony charge of theft of more than $500. Kilgore was also charged with possession of a fraudulent ID card, a Class 4 felony.

  • Beckman new county chairman

    A Vandalia resident who has served on the county board for about 13 years has been chosen to serve as its chairman.

  • County OKs pay hikes for 3 groups of employees

    The Fayette County Board approved contracts that provide most county employees with a 2½-percent pay raise in each of the next three years.
    The board approved an agreement with the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council that gives employees in the sheriff’s office pay increases.

  • Preserving historic structures

    A Vandalia couple committed to preserving some of the town’s residential history is, for the most part, resigned to the fact that the city may lose a big part of its commercial history.
    But, they hope that residents can band together in some shape or form to prevent future losses.

  • Awaiting a second opinion

    Vandalia officials are expected to receive a second opinion on what should, or can, be done with three downtown buildings that were damaged in a roof collapse early last week.

  • Dealers Donate Pedal Tractors to FB Women's Committee
  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 13

    ✔ Tools for School for in-need students in Fayette County communities is open from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1221 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia. Students must accompany adults in order to receive school supplies. Enter through the north door of the church.

  • Council gives mayor emergency powers