Local News

  • Candidates for April 5 election begin working

    While many candidates are in the home stretch of runs for public office this November, others are just beginning their efforts to win elected offices.
    Last Tuesday was the first day that individuals interested in running for positions to be filled on April 5 of next year could begin circulating nominating petitions.
    On the ballot next spring are full, four-year terms for half of the seats on local city councils and village boats, as well as seats on local school boards, park districts, library boards, community college boards and regional boards of school trustees.

  • Tish fails in attempt to dismiss suit

    A request by St. Elmo’s mayor to have a lawsuit filed by the city’s police chief he terminated has been rejected.
    Now, the suit filed against Larry Tish by Ken Thomason will continue with amended filings.
    At a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court on Monday, Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm denied Tish’s motion seeking dismissal of the amended complaint filed by Thomason in July.

  • Moose donates stuffed animals

    Vandalia Moose Lodge No. 1447 this week donated a number of Tommy Moose stuffed animals to local emergency response agencies. Local police officers and firefighters will give the stuffed animals to youngsters to comfort them in emergency situations. Lodge No. 1447 Gov. Stan Kelly (far left) and Administrator Tom Workman (second from right) presented the stuffed animals to, from left to right, Fayette County Sheriff Aaron Lay, Vandalia Police Chief Larry Eason and Vandalia Fire Department Chief Merle Adermann.

  • Local man pleads guilty to federal drug charges

    Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced last Friday that Cristy Davis, 28, formerly of Greenville, and Casey Kistler, 29, of Vandalia, pleaded guilty last Wednesday and Friday, respectively, in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis to an indictment charging them with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine.
    The offense carries a penalty of 10 years to life in prison, a fine of up to $8 million and not less than five years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

  • FAYCO holds open house, ribbon-cutting ceremony for Images facility

  • Taking attorney's advice, council declines request to discuss smoking law

    The owner of a bar who has been ticketed three times for violating the city ordinance on public health and safety asked the Vandalia City Council on Monday to hold off on those tickets until the court hears her arguments on the validity of that local law.
    But the mayor said city officials would not discuss such a request on the advice of its legal counsel.

  • Community Calendar-Sept. 23, 2010

    Thursday, September 23

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon at Days Inn.

    Friday, September 24

    ✔ The Vandalia Community High School homecoming parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the high school and travel downtown.

  • Police holding 'no questions asked' collection

    The Vandalia Police Department, in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, will conduct a “no questions asked” collection of pharmaceuticals and other medications that are expired, unwanted or unused.
    Residents may place the items in a box that will be in the lobby of the police department at 221 S. Fifth St.
    Police will not ask those taking advantage of the service for identification and will not attempt to identify those people in any manner.

  • Corn Day is Saturday

    The Vandalia Main Street Program is holding its annual Corn Day festival this Saturday in downtown Vandalia.
    The schedule for Corn Day is as follows:
    • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Inflatable bouncers, with $3 armbands for unlimited play available.
    • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Build-A-Scarecrow booth.
    • 11 a.m. – Little Miss and Little Mister Corn Day pageant.
    • Noon-2 p.m. – Sidewalk chalk art contest, with judging at 2 p.m.
    • 1-4 p.m. – Live music by “Charlie’s Jam Band.”

  • Firemen busy on Friday