Local News

  • Child batterer gets 11 1/2 years in prison

    A Vandalia man has agreed to serve 11½ years in prison for the aggravated battery of a child.
    Jason A. Eller, 34, 1320 W. Madison St., entered an Alford plea to the offense in front of Judge Allan Lolie Jr. in Fayette County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
    In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit to committing the crime, but does admit that the prosecution could likely prove the charge.
    Aggravated battery of a child is a Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

  • NEW: LaDage named assistant regional superintendent

    A former Vandalia School District teacher and administrator is the new assistant regional superintendent of schools for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties.

    Regional Superintendent of Schools Julie Wollerman announced on Wednesday afternoon that she had chosen Bill LaDage as her assistant.

    LaDage, who has been working for the Regional Office of Education for more than 10 years, will begin work in his new position on April 16.

  • Museum Open House

    Phil Shroyer (right), a member of the Historical Vandalia Inc. Board of Directors, explains to Todd McKellar the planned improvements for the old Presbyterian Church, which serves as the home of the Fayette County Museum and Artworks Gallery.

    An open house was held at the building on Sunday as part of Historical Vandalia's efforts to raise funds for new wiring, insulation, lights and fans.

  • Museum Visitors

    Betty and John David Greer, center and right, were among the visitors to the open house at the Fayette County Museum on Sunday afternoon.
    Steve Durbin, left, of the Historical Vandalia Inc. Board of Directors explained what has been done to the old Presbyterian Church, and what will be done in the future. John David Greer remembered going to Sunday school in the building as a child.

  • Friedel won't seek re-election

    The fact that Stephen Friedel waited until after the primary election to announce whether he would seek re-election is evidence that it’s been a hard decision to him to make.

  • Group OKs Fourth Street plans

    A recommendation was finalized on Monday for streetscape improvements on two blocks of South Fourth Street.
    That meeting also included a brief report regarding one alderman’s proposal for diagonal parking along Gallatin Street.
    Joining city officials in forming the recommendation for improvements to the one-block areas north and south of Gallatin Street were business and building owners in those blocks.

  • City bans loitering on downtown lots

    Two weeks after discussing problems at two city parking lots, Vandalia aldermen banned loitering in those lots, as well as a third city lot
    The ordinance approved by the city council on Monday bans loitering in the lots at the southwest and southeast corners of Fifth and Johnson streets at all times.
    The ordinance states that those two lots may be used by only business owners, employees and customers.

  • News Briefs

    Mass ribbon-cutting is next Thursday

    A mass ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for next Thursday at noon in downtown Vandalia to commemorate the opening of several new businesses there.
    “We were going to do a ribbon-cutting for all of the Liberty businesses,” said Tony Flowers, who along with his family, has been involved in the launching of several of the shops.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 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, April 7

    ✔ The Ramsey Lions Club will hold its 51st annual Ramsey Community Sale, beginning at 9 a.m.

  • Computer Problems – This week's issue is delayed

    We experienced problems with a computer in our production system that has caused this week's issue to be delayed.

    This week's issue was printed late Wednesday evening. It became available on newstands and put in the mail this morning (Thursday).

    We apologize for the delay!