Local News

  • NEW: Ford Show will feature auction of Shelby items

    Midwest All Ford Nationals Car Show & Swap Meet will be held July 16-17 at Vandalia Lake.

  • Fayette County Fair Schedule
  • Talking Tourism

    Two representatives of the new Tourism Bureau ILLINOISouth met with members of the Vandalia Tourism Committee and a group of Vandalia merchants last Thursday to talk about how the bureau can help the city and its merchants promote its special events and tourism attractions.

  • Lighting Up the Sky

    The Vandalia Lions Club sponsored the Fourth of July fireworks over Vandalia Lake on Saturday night.

  • News Briefs-July 7, 2011

    Reunion reservation deadline is July 9

    The Brownstown Alumni Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 16, at the American Legion Home in Vandalia.
    The reunion will begin with registration and a get re-aquainted time from 4-6 pm. There is no charge for the social hour.
    Serving for the meal will begin at 6 p.m. and requires reservations by July 9 to guarantee seating with each person’s graduating class. The cost of the meal is $12 per person.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, July 7

    ✔ The Summer Lunches for Kids program is under way. The lunches are available from 11-11:30 a.m. at the American Legion Home and in Rogier Park in Vandalia, at the township building in Shobonier and at the township garage in Vera.
    ✔ 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.

  • Fair begins on Saturday

    The Fayette County Fair begins its 2011 run this Saturday with 4-H and junior shows, and concludes next Saturday evening with a demolition derby.
    This year’s fair includes the return of many popular grandstand attractions, as well as some new entertainment on the second night.
    The grandstand schedule for this year’s fair is as follows:
    • Sunday – Junior Miss Fayette County Pageant at 2 p.m. Ashley Edwards will perform at 6 p.m., followed by a performance by Matt Passalacaqua.

  • Habitat takes over Nice Twice

    Patrons who enjoyed shopping for discounted clothing and household items at the now-closed Nice Twice resale store in downtown Vandalia, will be happy to know that a similar store will open here next month.
    To be operated by Fayette County Habitat For Humanity, the as-yet-unnamed store will open in the same location as Nice Twice, 418 W. Gallatin St. The former Nice Twice store was operated by Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois.    

  • Committee favors new garbage pickup contract with Doty

    The Vandalia City Council’s cemetery and landfill committee agreed on Monday to support a new residential waste collection contract with the Beecher City firm that has provided that service since 1999.
    The proposed terms of that new contract with Doty Sanitation Service will be put into a contract by the city’s legal counsel, after which it will be reviewed by the cemetery and landfill committee and then go to the city council for action.

  • City OKs 2 TIF grants

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday Tax Increment Financing grants for improvements to two buildings in the downtown business district.
    Then, city aldermen – particularly the newly elected members of the council – were given a brief primer on the TIF program and discussed how the city will operate the program in the future.
    In one TIF agreement, the city is providing up to $7,500 for improvements to the building at 113 W. Gallatin St. that houses Culligan Water.