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Local News

  • Route 51 community group reorganizes

    Illinois Department of Transportation officials had scheduled a meeting last Wednesday in Vandalia to explain to northside neighborhood residents why the two Ill. Route 51 bypass routes IDOT selected are the best alternatives for the city.
    But opposition among local citizens and in the local media led them to rethink that plan before the meeting got under way.

  • City says owner required to maintain Randolph crossing

    Vandalia officials have been fielding a number of complaints about the condition of a rail crossing on one of the town’s busiest streets, the chairman of the city council’s street committee said on Monday.
    And the city has determined, Alderman Bret Brosman said at Monday’s city council meeting, that the city is not responsible for repairs to that crossing.
    Brosman said the complaints have been about the condition of the crossing on Randolph Street near Culbertson’s Heating & Cooling and Vandalia Warehouse.

  • Greenville Museum holds Heritage Days

    The American Farm Heritage Museum in Greenville held its annual Heritage Days celebration over the weekend, drawing large crowds to view hundreds of tractors and other types of farm implements, as well as various activities. The event included field demonstrations with classic tractors. Jimmy Kinnard is shown taking his granddaughter, 5-year-old Abigail Kinnard for a ride while he plows. Also shown is the museum's main building, which was recently enclosed and equipped with geo-thermal heating and cooling units.

  • 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.