Local News

  • New Wave switches to high-def; some channels have new numbers

    If you are a New Wave subscriber, you may have already noticed something different about your cable TV channels – many of them now have a different number.

    Vandalia City Administrator Jimmy Morani told the Vandalia City Council on Monday night that a New Wave official told him recently that changes in some cable TV numbers are part of the cable provider’s switch over to high-definition quality for its channels.

    The switch was to take place on Tuesday morning, Morani said.

  • Gottman, Wehrle file for mayoral race

    Rick Gottman will have at least one challenger as he seeks a third term as a Vandalia mayor.

    Gottman and John David Wehrle Jr. have filed nominating petitions for the April 7 mayoral race, according to City Clerk Peggy Bowen.

    Others who have filed include Bowen, who is seeking a fourth term as clerk, and Marjorie Blythe, running for a fourth term as treasurer. Both are unopposed at this point.

    Four incumbents are among the five individuals who have filed as aldermanic candidates:

    Ward I – Incumbent Jerry Swarm.

  • Fundraising effort for new Family Y recreation center runs through May 1

    For more than a decade, Family YMCA of Fayette County leaders have hoped for and worked toward a new facility that would allow the entity to better serve the residents of this area.

    With architectural drawings in hand and a substantial amount of money in its coffers, the Family Y is getting closer to that goal.

    In a presentation to the Vandalia City Council last Monday, John Ashdown said the Family Y is working on a 16,900-square-foot facility on the city’s west side.

  • FCH hosts two community discussions on health care

    Health care was one of the major issues in last November’s presidential election. And it was one of the first things the winner of that election began to focus on.

    As a way of better knowing how Americans feel about the future of health care, and the problems they now encounter, President-elect Barack Obama asked health care providers to host community discussions.

    Fayette County Hospital was among those taking Obama up on the offer, holding two such discussions last Thursday.

  • 2008 in Review: Statehouse closed, voters approve E911

    The second half of 2008 saw member of Vandalia’s Looking for Lincoln committee wrapping up its work on Abraham Lincoln storyboards, and a committee made up of residents from Brownstown and St. Elmo continuing to study a reorganization of those two school districts.

    Later in the year, Vandalia officials scrambled to get the Vandalia Statehouse open again in time for Lincoln’s 200th birthday.

    Our look back at 2008 continues in this issue.


  • Illinois House votes to impeach Blagojevich

    The Illinois House of Representatives voted 114-1 to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Rep. Milt Patterson (D-Chicago) cast the lone dissenting vote, and Rep. Elga Jefferies (D-Chicago) voted "present."

    The impeachment comes one month after Blagojevich was arrested at his home by federal agents on fraud and bribery charges.

    Blagojevich visited Vandalia twice when running for governor in 2002, but did not come to town during the 2006 campaign.

  • Tickets available for Chamber of Commerce banquet

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce will be held Thursday, January 29th, 2009 at the American Legion in Vandalia. The evening will consist of a catered meal, presentation of the Abe Awards and entertainment by ventriloquist Greg Claasen. The banquet begins at 6:00pm with a social hour, followed by dinner at 7:00pm.

  • City OKs bid for downtown sewer work

    More than eight years after Sandra Leidner broached the idea of making improvements to Vandalia’s downtown business district, the city is on the verge of seeing some of that work get under way.

    And, hopefully, the city will learn in about a week whether there are contractors interested in taking on another phase of the downtown improvements.

    On its fourth attempt, after separating facets of the projects due to unsuccessful bidding attempts in the past, the Vandalia City Council has accepted a bid for sewer line improvements in the downtown business district.

  • St. Elmo, Brownstown consolidation hearings later this month

    Residents of the St. Elmo and Brownstown school districts will have two opportunities at the end of this month to learn about the proposed consolidation of the two districts.

    Meeting three weeks after the state superintendent of education approved an application to put a consolidation referendum on the April 7 ballot, the Committee of 10 that submitted the application set two meetings to present consolidation information to residents.

    The public hearings have been set for:

    • Wednesday, Jan. 28 – 6 p.m. in the Brownstown Elementary School cafeteria.

  • 2008 a year of successes

    Fayette County students began taking classes at Kaskaskia College’s new campus in Vandalia.

    A fight to get the Vandalia Statehouse reopened ended when an anonyomous donor stepped forward with the funds needed to pay a state employee.

    Fayette County residents had choices when it came to electing a state’s attorney, circuit clerk and coroner in November.

    Those were among the stories from 2008. Today, we continue our look back at last year.