Local News

  • Master Gardener deadline is Thursday

    If you have an interest in gardening and want to learn more about gardening, fruit trees and how to manage insect pests, then you may want to check out the University of Illinois Extension’s Master Gardener program.
    More than 3,500 master gardeners across Illinois volunteer in their community and share their knowledge with others through their local Extension office.
    Master gardeners are an important part of the educational mission of local University of Illinois Extension offices.

  • Carole Cripe Green picked for GEM Award

    Carole Cripe Green, a Vandalia area native who is a past state legislator and currently serves as a lobbyist, was chosen to receive the annual GEM Award by the Fort Myers Republican Women’s Club during the Tuesday, Dec. 13, luncheon meeting.

    The GEM Award represents individuals who have shown Good leadership, Effort in establishing programs and policies, and being a Major contributor to the community through time and effort.

  • CEFS seeks VITA volunteers

    The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corp. is seeking volunteer tax preparers to join its VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program.
    This program provides tax assistance/preparation services at no cost for low-to-moderate-income people (based on income eligibility).
    The season will begin in early February and continue through mid-April.
    Volunteers must meet these qualifications:
    • Enjoy helping people.
    • Be patient and understanding of others.
    • Be committed to providing a community service.

  • SWCD still offers electronic recycling

    The Fayette County Soil & Water Conservation District is continuing to offer electronic recycling.
    Recycling is available at the SWCD office, 301 S. Third St. in Vandalia, from 1-5 p.m. every Wednesday.
    Those using the service may put items into boxes inside the recycling trailer. Larger items, such as televisions, can be placed in the open area of the trailer.
    • Audio devices
    • Batteries-cell phone, flashlight, phone, UPS and car
    • Cables and wire
    • Cameras
    • Cell phones
    • Clocks

  • Vandalia Building Permits

    The following building permits were issued by the city of Vandalia’s Building and Zoning Department:
    • Maranatha’s Spa-Relocate existing sign at 925 New York Drive.
    • Robert Berst-Demolition of residence at 1726 W. Johnson St.
    • Chad and Sonia Wehrle-Deck and boat dock at Vandalia Lake lot No. 101.
    • Klayton and Micah Brasel-Shorewall and boat dock at 2037 S. Lake Drive.
    • Edith Knebel-New electric for shed at 303 S. Pine St.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 5

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, January 7
    ✔ The Spirit, Soul and Body Fit Club will meet from 10-11 a.m. at Family YMCA of Fayette County on Rock Island Avenue in Vandalia. There is no membership fee.

  • News Briefs

    Relay for Life meeting is Tuesday
    A kickoff meeting for Fayette County Relay for Life will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Joe's Pizza and Pasta, 1227 N. Fourth St., Vandalia.
    All captains and team members are encouraged to attend. Anyone who wishes to help with this year's Relay for Life may also attend.
    For more information, contact Dave Rickman at 283-7066.

    Upcoming blood drives scheduled

    The following American Red Cross blood drives will be held in January:

  • Gallatin work about done

    The Vandalia City Council started off the new year by meeting in regular session for about eight minutes on Tuesday night.
    In that brief meeting, the council approved the fourth payment estimate for streetscape work in the 700 block of West Gallatin Street.
    The pay estimate of $87,693.98 essentially signifies the completion of that project, which is being wholly funded by $400,000 in state grant funds obtained by state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) and former state Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Highland).

  • Fayette Water still working on lake area signups

    Prior to the December meeting of the Fayette County Board, a public hearing was held to close out a grant project designed to provide potable water to rural residents of the county.
    And, while that project comes to a close, Fayette Water officials are still working to sign up residents northwest of Vandalia.
    Mike Shaw of the South Central Illinois Regional Planning and Development Commission conducted the public hearing on a $350,000 Illinois Community Development Assistance grant awarded to Fayette Water.

  • ILEAS team trains in Vandalia

    With an armored car stationed outside, about three dozen fully armed law enforcement officers suited up in protective gear were going up and down the halls of the former Washington School in Vandalia.