Local News

  • Farina Fourth of July Celebration is Saturday

    The village of Farina will celebrate the Fourth of July on Saturday with a celebration at the village park that will feature a variety of activities.
    The celebration gets under way at 9 a.m. with a wooden bat tournament featuring children's and adults' brackets. A food stand opens at 11 a.m., and registration for the 2 p.m. parade begins at 1 p.m.

  • Dothager reunion is Monday

    The Herman Dothager family reunion will be held Monday in the pavilion at Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia.
    Lunch with the traditional homemade ice cream is at noon.

  • Gottman will address chamber

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon on Wednesday in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.

    A noon luncheon will be followed by a business meeting and the program. This month, Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman will give his "State of the City" address.

  • Flooding Causes Sinkhole...Again

    A year after severe flooding caused a sinkhole on West Main Street at the intersection with Remann Street, a severe storm over the weekend caused an even bigger sinkhole. Employees in Vandalia's public works department were working early Monday morning to remedy the situation.

  • Backseat seatbelt law signed

    Governor Pat Quinn was joined by law enforcement officers, public safety officials and a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Monday to sign two traffic safety measures as families throughout the state prepare for the July 4th holiday weekend.
    “Over the Fourth of July weekend and throughout the year, we must ensure our roads are safe when many of us will be traveling to see family and friends,” Quinn said.
    “These new laws are common sense measures that will help all motorists in Illinois arrive at their destinations safely.”

  • News Briefs

    SAFE tourney, luncheon on July 20

    Sexual Assault & Family Emergencies (SAFE) will hold its annual charity golf tournament and luncheon on Wednesday, July 20.
    The golf tournament, sponsored by the Vandalia Ladies Golf Association, will be held at the Vandalia Country & Golf Club, with 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. tee times available. The cost is $55 per person, or $50 if paid by July 13, and men, women and mixed teams are invited to play. The entry fee includes a luncheon buffet at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.

  • Building Permits-June 30, 2011

    The city of Vandalia’s Building and Zoning Department issued the following building permits in May:
    • Travis Towler, fence at 114 N. First St.
    • Nyla Graham, demolition of a garage at 111 N. Hudson St.
    • Devan Matthews, deck at 908 W. Lincoln St.
    • SG Enterprises, deck at 523 N. Fifth St.
    • Ace Sign Co., replacement of a sign at 827 Veterans Ave.
    • Lighthouse Pregnancy Center, deck at 1121 N. Sixth St.
    • Alstat Electric, electrical upgrade at 521 S. Elm St.

  • community calendar-June 30, 2011

    Thursday, June 30

    ✔ 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.

  • Cavaletto announces; could face incumbent Stephens

    State Rep. John Cavaletto made the rounds in Fayette County earlier this week, announcing that he will run in the new legislative district that includes this county.
    In his attempt to gain re-election, the Salem Republican may have to square off against a long-time legislator who currently represents this county.
    Cavaletto was in Fayette County Monday to announce that he will run in the new 107th District, and to “start building relationships” in this county.

  • Judge rules nurses must testify at murder trial

    The judge in the Clifford Baker murder trial has ruled that three employees at a medical center that treated Baker shortly before he murdered a neighbor couple must appear at trial.
    At a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court last Wednesday, Judge Michael McHaney denied a motion in which Baker’s attorneys ask to quash subpoenas issued to three registered nurses who are behavior health employees at Gateway Regional Medical Center.