Local News

  • Water-.69%, Sewer-6.27%

    Unless the city council takes action to prevent it, water and sewer rates will increase at the beginning of October.
    As Dale Timmermann and Tricia Elam of Timmermann & Co. Ltd. presented the city’s annual audit report on Monday, they also showed the city’s water and sewer production costs.
    That report shows that the city’s water system production costs for the year ending on April 30 were $1,777,198, .69 percent ($12,128) higher than that of the previous year, $1,765,070.

  • Panhandling law dropped due to ACLU letter

    Acting on the threat of legal action, the Vandalia City Council on Monday rescinded an ordinance prohibiting panhandling that was put on the books just three months ago.
    Mayor Rick Gottman asked the council to rescind the ordinance that states: “No person shall beg or solicit alms within the city limits except when acting as a representative of a recognized charitable organization.”

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 17

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.

  • Election '16

    Though the next general election is still 14 months away, the work for candidates in that election begins now.
    Before running in that election, those candidates need to advance through the primary election, which is on March 15. And the filing period for the primary is under way.
    Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder that the period for filing nominating petitions and other election documents for the primary election began on Sept. 1 and runs through Monday, Nov. 30.

  • The Walls Came Tumbling Down

    The last remaining walls of the three buildings at the southwest corner of Fifth and Gallatin streets in Vandalia that in August were deemed unsafe came tumbling down on Wednesday morning.

  • Habitat house blessing is Saturday

    Fayette County Habitat for Humanity will hold a house blessing this Saturday morning for the home of Adam and Jaci Turner.
    The house, located at 1320 W. St. Clair St. in Vandalia, was built in  partnership with the Turners and numerous Habitat for Humanity volunteers.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 10

    ✔ Evans Public Library's homeschool group meets from 1-2 p.m. at the library. Those interested in joining should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board meets at 4:30 p.m. at the library.
    ✔ 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.

  • City council meeting reset for Monday

    The regular meeting of the Vandalia City Council, scheduled for Monday evening, was postponed due to the lack of a quorum.
    The meeting will now be held at 5 p.m. on Monday.

  • Lions Candy Day
  • Shimkus hosts local meeting to help mayors with economic development

    Mayors of other representatives of communities from throughout this region gathered in Vandalia on Monday to learn how state and federal agencies can help with economic development efforts.