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Local News

  • Main Street plans restructuring

    In the face of funding cuts from the city of Vandalia and difficult economic conditions, the board of directors of Vandalia Main Street this week issued a press release affirming its intention to continue the organization – albeit in a scaled-down version.
    As a result, the organization will be “restructuring its dues, membership structure and administrative operations to better meet the needs of donors and offer better value for their investment,” according to a press release issued by Josh Henry, Vandalia Main Street board president.

  • City looking into enhanced police patrols at lake

    Everyone attending a meeting on Monday evening agreed that more of a police presence is needed at Vandalia Lake.
    How that can be accomplished has yet to be determined.
    But there was considerable discussion on that issue during a meeting called by the Vandalia Lake Committee.
    In addition to committee members, those in attendance included Mayor Rick Gottman, Vandalia Police Chief Larry Eason, Fayette County Sheriff Aaron Lay and several city aldermen.

  • Teen arrested for double murder in Loogootee

    A male teen was taken into custody on Wednesday morning, several hours after two individuals were found dead at a Loogootee residence.
    Fayette County Stephen Friedel said in a press release issued shortly before noon on Wednesday that the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was called at 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday to investigate a reported break-in at a Loogootee residence.
    A sheriff’s deputy then responded to a second Loogootee residence “and identified an apparent crime scene."

  • Two found dead in Loogootee home

    Two individuals who sustained gunshot wounds were found dead in a Loogootee home early Wednesday, and a male teen is in custody.

    Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel said in a statement released just before noon on Wednesday that the bodies of two individuals who had sustained gunshot wounds were discovered as the Fayette County Sheriff's Office investigated a report of a break-in.

  • BREAKING NEWS

    State and county law enforcement officials are reportedly investigating the death of two individuals at their Loogootee home.

    County officials were still unable to release any more information by mid-morning on Wednesday. The release of information was scheduled for noon on Wednesday.

    More will be released on this website as information becomes available.

  • One-Car Accident

    At the request of police, Vandalia firefighters Tom DePaolo, Jeremy Lange and Jason Paslay use extrication tools to lift a vehicle found in a cornfield off of Ill. Old Route 140 west of Vandalia on Saturday, to determine whether anyone was in the vehicle. Charges are pending against the person who allegedly took the vehicle from a Vandalia residence, wrecked it on the S-curve west of town and then fled from the scene.

  • Local NRCS office collects food for local food pantry

    As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, the Natural Resources Conservation Service is aiming to collect at least 50,000 pounds of food for food pantries in this country. The local NRCS office is joining in on that effort.
    The local NRCS office, located in the U.S. Department of Agriculture building at 301 S. Third St. in Vandalia, is participating in the national “Feds, Farmers and Friends Feed Families” program by collecting foodstuffs for the local food pantry at the CEFS Economic Opportunity Corp. office in Vandalia.

  • New downtown merchants group formed

    Merchants in downtown Vandalia have decided to combat the sluggish economy by taking matters into their own hands. To help jump-start business activity in that historic district, they have formed an association.
    Simply called the Merchants Association, the group attracted about 20 people to a kickoff meeting last Tuesday, and leaders have made plans to host a rummage sale on Gallatin Street on Saturday, Sept.11.

  • Construction on FCH SCU to begin soon

    The Fayette County Hospital Board on Monday learned that the state department of public health has approved the plans for the renovation of the hospital’s Special Care Unit, and construction is likely to start within a month.

  • Family YMCA dedicates new facility

    After years of planning and months of construction, the new home for the Family YMCA of Fayette County was dedicated on Saturday.
    The grand opening included a full slate of activities and entertainment, as well as a dedication ceremony Saturday afternoon.
    “This is one of the best facilities we have in Vandalia,” said Mayor Rick Gottman. “It is a very important project to enhance the quality of life here.”