Local News

  • HCE Unit Donates Tabs

    Irene Reed (left), a member of the Wright's Corner Unit of Fayette County Home and Community Education, was accompanied by her son, Larry, when donating 11 pounds of soda can tabs to the Vandalia McDonald's.

    Accepting the donation is McDonald's manager Jill Arndt. The club collects the tabs, which are used to support the Ronald McDonald House.

  • Work done at museum

    The sanctuary of the old Presbyterian Church, home of the Fayette County Museum at 301 W. Main St. in Vandalia, is being resurrected. To celebrate this resurrection, the bell is being rung at noon on Fridays.
    A new roof was put on the building in 2009. The following spring, the historic oilcloth ceiling was uncovered. Plans were made to continue restoration and to provide energy efficient improvements. This will be done in four phases.

  • Lincoln Day Dinner

    The Fayette County Republican Central Committee held its annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday evening at the American Legion Home in Vandalia.

  • Maas elected chaplain of U.S. Daughters of 1812

    The Kaskaskia Chapter of the United States Daughters of 1812 installed new officers during a meeting held in Greenville, on Feb. 19.

  • VFW Auxiliary Places Veterans' Wreaths

    The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary at Old Capitol Post 3862 in Vandalia again participated in the national Wreaths Across America program.

  • News Briefs

    VCHS to host speaker on online issues

    Brent Maguire from TechnoArmer Consulting will be at Vandalia Community High School on Monday, speaking to students about cyberbullying, online harassment, sexting, texting, posting photos and videos, social network safety, the permancy of all postings and how some posting can affect individuals' reputation, education and career.
    On Monday at 6 p.m., VCHS will host a parent night featuring Maguire. The public is invited to attend.

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  • Garage Fire

    Vandalia's volunteer firefighters were called to a fire in a garage at the home of Kirk Forbis, 1800 W. Main St., at about 4:15 p.m. last Thursday.

  • Online History & Memories

    What started out as a discussion between two women on Facebook about some of the things from Vandalia’s past quickly developed into a Facebook page that is documenting the town’s history.

  • Cameras in the Courtroom

    While the Illinois Supreme Court has given its OK for cameras in Illinois courts, it’s not likely that you’ll see any cameras in Fayette County’s courtrooms in the near future.
    And even if you did, the coverage that you see in this county will be different than that in the state’s metropolitan areas.
    Judge Gene Schwarm, Fayette County’s resident circuit judge and chief judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit, points out that the Supreme Court’s decision allows circuits to apply for participation in what is essentially a test.

  • Pana man killed in wreck Sunday morning

    A Pana man was killed in a one-vehicle accident about three miles north of Ramsey late Sunday morning.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Avgary G. Kehias, 88, was northbound in a 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck at about 11:13 a.m. when the vehicle left the road, struck a utility pole and rolled over.
    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said that Kehias was ejected from the vehicle upon impact. Bowen pronounced Kehias dead at Fayette County Hospital.