Local News

  • Girl Scout cookie sales in January

    The 2012 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program is right around the corner.
    Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) will kick off the cookie sale Jan. 6-8 during Cookie Caravan weekend.
    During Cookie Caravan, customers can purchase cookies directly from girls at various locations throughout the region.
    Traditional cookie order-taking will occur Jan. 6-21, with cookies to be delivered in mid-February. Customer demand for Girl Scout Cookies following delivery has been high historically, so additional Cookie Caravans will be held March 2-4 and 9-11.

  • News Briefs

    Unemployment at 9.8% in November

    Unemployment in Fayette County was at 9.8 percent in November, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
    The IDES report shows that the November figure is lower than in November 2010, 10.6 percent.
    Unemployment in Effingham County dropped from 7.5 percent in November 2010 to 7 percent this November. Marion County's November rate was 11 percent, down from 11.3 percent in November of last year.

    Zumba classes in Patoka resume Jan. 3

  • 14 counts filed against Vandalia man after crime spree

    Sixteen counts of criminal charges have been filed against a Vandalia man who eluded police for more than a day after a crime spree covering a wide area.
    Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel filed charges against Kenneth J. Weldon, 30, 330 S. Coles St., Vandalia, on Friday, two days after he was taken into custody south of Mulberry Grove.
    Weldon appeared in court late last week, with his bond set at $300,000.
    The charges filed by Friedel’s office include the following allegations:

  • Riddle succeeding Cole as Statehouse superintendent

    For close to three decades, Mary Cole has been helping to keep alive Vandalia’s history as a former state capital and the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln’s political career. This week, her tenure in that role comes to an end.

  • FCHD receives info on Enfamil

    The following information was received by the Fayette County Health Department on Thursday morning:

    An infant in Lebanon, Mo., has died from a bacterial infection. The infant was being fed Enfamil Premium Newborn.

    There are no recalls, but there is testing of the formula, water, hospital, etc., being conducted to determine where the bacteria came from; the results will not be known for a few weeks.

  • Beekeeping classes set

    The Kaskaskia College Community Education Department will be offering two sessions of the beginning beekeeping class at the Vandalia Campus, beginning in January.
    The first session of the class will be an introductory course designed to acquaint the students with basic beekeeping. It will provide information on how to enter this hobby and eventually develop it into a satisfying and possibly profitable endeavor.

  • Aid sought for Lincoln School

    Last year, the Vandalia Park District Board asked the Corbell-Denny Memorial Foundation to allow the Cub Scout Pack and other Scout groups, as needed, to transfer their meetings and activities to Lincoln School.
    Due to questions about the safety and building structural soundness of Evans Scout House – the result of log deterioration and termite damage for several years – the park district wanted to eliminate any potential problems for the Scouts by finding them a safer home, while a final decision on the future of the Scout House is being made.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, December 22

    ✔ 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.
    Friday, December 23

    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 3-7 p.m. at St. Elmo Elementary School. All individuals presenting themselves as donors will receive a long-sleeve American Red Cross T-shirt.

  • Stombaugh family donating cemetery sign

    The Vandalia City Council voted on Monday to accept a memorial for a former fire chief that will also serve as a permanent sign for Vandalia’s two main cemeteries.

  • New school levy with 4.76-percent increase approved Tuesday

    The Vandalia Board of Education approved a tax levy request of $3,985,340 at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday. Those funds were estimated using a tax levy rate of $5.18 per $100 of assessed valuation, which is down slightly from last year’s rate of $5.26.
    The requested tax funds reflect an aggregate levy increase of 4.76 percent. The taxable Equalized Assessed Valuation in the district is anticipated to rise by 4.98 percent – from $99,277,014 in 2010 to $104,224,962 in 2011.