Local News

  • City has new burning law

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday a new ordinance governing burning in the city, an amended version that is much like the one it replaces.
    Under the new ordinance, city residents can continue to burn leaves, as long as they follow the guidelines set by law. (Ordinance on Page 16A).
    Passage of the burning ordinance amendment comes about 3½ weeks after the council’s public safety and streets committee recommended that the city continue to allow leaf-burning.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, May 24

    ✔ 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, May 26

    ✔ The annual horseshoes tournament to benefit Fayette County Relay for Life will be held at Eric Miller's residence. For more information, contact Miller at 846-2861 or Daisy Hipsher at 780-8265.

  • Peace Officers Week

    Mayor Rick Gottman, left, signed a proclamation declaring this week as Peace Officers Week in Vandalia, to recognize the efforts of local police officers to serve and protect Vandalia residents. With Gottman is Vandalia Chief of Police Larry Eason.

  • Laborers' Roadblock Day

    Mayor Rick Gottman, right, signed a proclamation declaring this Saturday Southern and Central Illinois Laborers' Roadblock Day. On Saturday, laborers will be collecting funds, with the donations used to help disabled children in Southern and Central Illinois. With Gottman is Joe Hill, field representative for Laborers' Local 1197.

  • Relay for Life Kickoff is Saturday

    A kickoff event for this year's Relay for Life will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday at Family Video, located at Seventh and Gallatin streets in Vandalia.
    The event will include balloon animals created by Bill Beard, face-painting, pizza from Lorenzo's and Joe's Pizza, Wii-playing, a cheese tray provided by Liberty Cheese Shoppe and prizes from Family Video, Subway, Jenny's BBQ, Cut Loose Salon, Arthur Young Inc. and other merchants.

  • We Apologize

    It was incorrectly stated in last week's Community section that Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hall had recently moved from Greenville to Vandalia. They moved from Greenville to Vandalia.

    We apologize for the error.


    It was incorrectly stated in last week's Public Record that Satisha L. Santandrea was arrested for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. She had failed to appear in a divorce case.
    We apologize for the error.

  • VPD Bike Rodeo
  • 'Cars for the Cure'

    Vehicles of all types were lined up in the parking lot of Country Market in Vandalia on Saturday for the "Cars for the Cure" sponsored by the Octochem Relay for Life team, including Artie and Stacy Langston's Corvette in the foreground.

  • Rockin' Through the Ages

    The Vandalia Elementary School Honor Chorus presented its spring performance on Saturday evening in the VES gym, presenting popular music from the 1960s-90s.

    In the first photo, dancing to ABBA's "Dancing Queen" are, from left to right, Macy Zimmerman, Lanee McNary, Jordan Pruett, Avery Rogers and Karlyn Lutz. In the second photo, August Cunningham rocks out on a guitar. In the third photo, Karlyn Lutz made up half of the Sonny and Cher duo. The chorus was under the direction of Lisa Robbins and Nancy Childress.

  • Seventh license violation nets two-year prison terms

    A rural Brownstown man who had been convicted numerous times of driving while his license was suspended or revoked has been sent to prison on that charge.
    Dennis A. Arnold, 66, pleaded guilty on May 7 to driving while his license was revoked through a plea agreement.
    That agreement included a two-year prison term for Arnold, and it also included a two-year term for a probation revocation.
    He was on probation for driving while his license was revoked.
    The two prison terms will be served concurrently.