Local News

  • State Champions

    First photo: Madison Howard (right) won  grand champion yearling doe and premier exhibitor for all other meat goat breeds at the Illinois State Fair with her goat, "Florida."

    Second photo: Maisie Howard won reserve grand champion yearling doe for all other meat goad breeds with her goat, "California." Madison and Maisie are the daughters of Matt and Rhonda Howard of Brownstown.

  • HCE Week

    Photo Panzi Blackwell

  • Soroptimist convention here this week

    The city of Vandalia and Soroptimist International of Vandalia recently announced that Soroptimist International of the Americas South Central Region District 1 will be having its annual convention in Vandalia this Friday through Sunday.
    Attendees will be coming from all over, including Region Governor Jaquie Bond from Kansas City. Local Soroptimist member Joy Clymer is the director for District 1, and Jennifer Hester is the president of the Vandalia club.

  • Doyle injured in wreck

    A rural Vandalia man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck early Sunday morning.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Harmon A. Doyle, 59, was northbound on U.S. Route 51 in a 2005 Nissan Altima when the vehicle left the roadway on the right.
    The state police said Doyle came back onto the roadway and then went to the left, going off the roadway and down an embankment before overturning. Doyle was thrown from the vehicle.
    He was taken to Fayette County Hospital with serious injuries.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, October 7

  • Early interest in alderman seats

    As it stands right now, residents in at least two of Vandalia’s four wards could have a choice when picking their aldermen next spring.
    City Clerk Peggy Bowen reported at Monday’s city council meeting that eight individuals have picked up nominating papers for aldermanic contests and that a ninth person has requested an election packet.

  • Prayer for a pooch

    The Rev. Viktoria Halmagyi of St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia, blesses Bella, Nancy Lewis's cocker spaniel, during an animal blessing held in the church courtyard on Sunday afternoon.

  • Hearing set in smoking case

    A judge will rule next month on a request from the owners of a Vandalia bar to dismiss tickets issued by the city for allegedly allowing people to smoke in their business.
    At a court hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Judge Ericka Sanders of Hillsboro scheduled a hearing at 11 a.m. on Nov. 9.
    At that hearing, attorneys for Lisa and Albert Doyle, owners of the Redwood Inn, will argue for their dismissal of tickets issued by the city that allege smoking violations on Aug. 12, 19 and 21.

  • City administrator quits before he starts

    Instead of welcoming their new city administrator on Monday, Vandalia officials learned on that day they will have to begin a new search to fill the position.
    At the end of Monday’s city council meeting, Alderman Bret Brosman asked for confirmation on that day being the first day of work for John McIntyre, who was hired as the city administrator in August.

  • New city administrator quits before he starts

    Vandalia officials learned late on Monday that they will have to begin a new search for a city administrator.

    On the day that he was to begin working in that position, John McIntyre told city officials that he would not be taking the job.

    Mayor Rick Gottman said that McIntyre verbally and in writing cited personal and family issues for not taking the job.

    For more on Monday's city council meeting, see this week's issue of The Leader-Union.