Local News

  • Halloween parade will follow normal route

    The normal lineup and route for the Vandalia Lions Club Halloween parade will be followed.

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman announced late Friday afternoon that the Illinois Department of Transportation left the decision on whether to open the 700 block for the parade up to the project contractor, Mettler Development.

    Gottman said he met with Mettler officials, and they agreed to open the one-block section.

  • Route 51 meeting canceled

    The Route 51 Community Advisory Group meeting scheduled for next Wednesday evening has been canceled.

  • Former Otego supervisor charged with theft

    A former Otego Township supervisor has been charged with stealing a large amount of money from the township.

    Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel filed last Thursday two counts of theft and one count of official misconduct against Rodney L. Deal.

    Deal, 55, has been charged with a Class 1 felony for allegedly taking between $100,000 and $500,000 from the township.

  • Fire Prevention Presentations

    Members of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department visited local schools during Fire Prevention Week last week to teach children about fire safety.

    Above, members of a Head Start class in Vandalia are shown with VVFD Chief Ed Taylor Jr. (right) and firefighter Sam Flowers.

  • We Apologize

    It was stated in last week's Public Record that Travis E. Collier, 19, of rural Shobonier, was arrested for driving under the influence. The information was taken from the sheriff's office arrest log. Collier presented tickets showing that he was arrested for illegal consumption of alcohol.
    We apologize for the error.

  • News Briefs Oct. 20

    Route 51 group will meet Wednesday

    The U.S. Route 51 Vandalia Community Advisory Group will meet from 6-8 p.m. next Wednesday at Vandalia City Hall.
    The meeting will include a discussion on the four Route 51 alternatives around Vandalia being discussed, and some challenges that the Illinois Department of Transportation sees with those alternatives.

    Methodist Men's fish fry is Nov. 3

  • Community Calendar Oct. 20

    Thursday, October 20

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Maranatha's Salon, Spa and Tanning will hold a Keep Abreast/Spread the Love event to raise funds for a digital mammography machine at Fayette County Hospital. The event will include a cut-athon from 3-6 p.m. and a drawing at The Copper Penny at 7 p.m. Prizes include an iPad2, Botox, a day of beauty at the spa and a Glo Mineral and Therapeutic give-away.

  • Fire destroys home Saturday

    A rural Vandalia home was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning, with the residents of the home escaping after being awakened by breaking glass.
    Vandalia’s volunteer firefighters were called to the home of Monica Harre and Brian Brown at 8:09 a.m.

    Firefighters arrived at the Shafter Township residence, located northeast of the Shrine Club, at 8:25 a.m., and found the home fully involved in fire.

  • Well: AYP goals are not realistic

    Students in the Vandalia School District showed improvements in standardized test scores in math and science this year, but according to the state’s current yardstick, the district is failing.
    Superintendent Rich Well begs to differ.
    “The reality is that the goals they have set are a setup for failure,” Well said at Tuesday’s monthly meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education. “We improved our scores this year, but we didn’t meet the state’s standard – which goes up by 7.5 percent each year.”

  • Gallatin work about done

    The streetscape work in the 700 block of West Gallatin Street is so far ahead of schedule that the Vandalia Lions Club’s Halloween parade can follow its long-standing route.
    Mayor Rick Gottman told city aldermen on Monday that the general contractor for the project, Mettler Development of Highland, has only some minor work left on the project for the time being.
    The contractor will be able to finish the project when the period street lights arrive at the beginning of December.