Local News

  • Man gets 22 years for sex crimes

    A Peotone man has been sent to prison for more than two decades for committing sex crimes.
    Judge Ericka Sanders sentenced Jason S. Huff, 24, to 22 years in prison in a court hearing on June 10.
    Huff pleaded guilty in January to two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
    Sanders sentenced Huff to 11 years in prison on each count, with the two sentences to be served consecutively, as mandated by law. State law also mandates that Huff will serve at least 85 percent of the sentence given to him.

  • Non-exempt school workers receive 2-percent pay hike

    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday approved a 2-percent base salary increase for non-exempt district employees for the fiscal year starting July 1.
    That raise applies to cooks, custodians, bus drivers, directors and administrators. It does not apply to teachers, who are still negotiating with district administrators on a new contract.
    “The contract with the teachers’ union is still pending,” Superintendent Rich Well said after Tuesday’s meeting.
    “We met the last week in May, and we’ll meet again in July.”

  • No need to hike cemetery fee

    Shortly after agreeing to talk to Mother of Dolors Catholic Church about increasing the maintenance fee for the city’s Catholic Cemetery, Vandalia officials found out they didn’t need to pursue the issue.
    Alderman Neil Clark, chairman of the city’s cemetery and landfill committee, reported at the June 6 city council meeting that the committee recommended talking to the church about increasing the $750 annual maintenance fee.

  • Community Calendar-June 23, 2011

    Thursday, June 23

    ✔ The Summer Lunches for Kids program is under way. The lunches are available from 11-11:30 a.m. at the American Legion Home and in Rogier Park in Vandalia, at the township building in Shobonier and at the township garage in Vera.
    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.

  • Local businesses urged to participate in survey

    The city of Vandalia has retained Growth Services Inc., a workforce consultant, to conduct a survey of area employers.
    The goal of the survey is to evaluate the area’s workforce from the businesses’ perspective.
    The results will be used to identify and address workforce issues within the region and take steps to ensure that the needs of area employers are being met, both now and in the future.

  • News Briefs-June 23, 2011

    Midnight Madness is Friday night

    The Vandalia Swimming Pool will hold Moonlight Madness this Friday evening.
    The pool will be open from 6-11:30 p.m., weather permitting.
    The cost is $5, with children ages 4 and under admitted free. Season passes will be honored.
    Children under the age of 6 must be with someone who is at least 13 years of age.
    All children should be picked up no later than 11:45 p.m.
    Friday is also the last day to register for swimming lessons.

  • Dorothy M. Dolly, 84, Vandalia

    Dorothy M. Dolly, 84, of Vandalia, died on Friday, June 17, 2011, at Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care in Vandalia.

    Services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday at Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia, with the Rev. Joe Lawson officiating. Burial was in McInturff Cemetery in Hagarstown. Visitation was held one hour before services on Monday at the funeral home. Memorials: McInturff Cemetery or Long Term Care activity fund.

  • Buildings damaged by fire discussed at council meeting

    The owner of a downtown building that was damaged by fire early last year attended last week’s Vandalia City Council meeting to voice his concerns about an alderman’s complaints about that building.
    Mayor Rick Gottman quickly ended discussion on the issue when words between that building owner and an alderman became heated.
    In two prior meetings, Alderman Dean Black had complained about political signs covering window frames in the former home of the local State Farm agency, and said he’d heard complaints from other residents.

  • On Guard!

    At the introductory session of the summer reading program at Evans Public Library last week, a large crowd of local youngsters watched a demonstration on fencing.

    Evan Wallace, right, the No. 1 foil fencer in St. Louis and one of the top-rated fencers in the Midwest high school circuit, jousted with Amanda Millian, a student under instructor Jan Wallace, Erin's mom. Jan Wallace explained the sport of fencing to the children.

  • Wal-Mart grand re-opening is Friday

    The Vandalia Walmart, located at 201 N. Mattes Ave., will celebrate a grand re-opening this Friday, giving local shoppers a glimpse of the company’s next generation of store design and customer experience.
    The results of a two-month remodeling project will be  unveiled at 7:30 a.m.
    Among the many improvements are a new layout, bright interior paint scheme, enhanced lighting and easy-to-read signage to make the shopping experience more convenient for customers than ever before.