Local News

  • Getting their heads together

    The only National Road Interpretive Center in Illinois moved one step closer to completion on Monday, with the unveiling of busts of four men who were instrumental in the construction of the only federally funded and federally built highway in the nation.

  • Deadline for Ruemmelin requests is May 1

    Charles J. Ruemmelin, a quiet man with piercing brown eyes spent many of his working hours at the Fayette County Courthouse where he researched and prepared abstracts of title.
    Not active in civic organizations, Ruemmelin moved to Springfield to live near his sister after his mother’s death.
    After his sister’s death, Ruemmelin chose First National Bank to serve as trustee of his estate to establish and administer the Charles J. Ruemmelin Foundation.

  • Fayette County Museum has three special displays

    In addition to the many permanent exhibits on display at the Fayette County Museum, monthly special exhibits are shown. The three special museum exhibits for April are Bibles from Our Collection, the Vandalia Madonna and Fayette County churches.
    The annual Fayette County School Children Art Show will be held April 21-25. It is sponsored by Artworks Gallery and is held in the exhibit area above the museum.

  • Results of new stroke survey released

    Nine out of 10 Americans between ages 18-24 believe they’re living healthy lifestyles – yet most eat too much fast food, drink too many alcoholic and sugar-sweetened beverages and engage in other behaviors that could put them at risk of stroke, according to an American Stroke Association survey released this week.
    The results are part of a survey of 1,248 Americans ages 18-44 on their attitudes about health, including influences of and beliefs about health behaviors and their risks for stroke.
    Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in America.

  • Marathon Man

    Ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes, who is 2,000 miles into a 3,000-mile run across America, passed through Vandalia on Tuesday.

  • Two found guilty on meth charges

    Two local men were convicted of methamphetamine charges in a jury trial last week in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    A jury deliberated for a little more than three hours before returning guilty verdicts against Travis W. Metzger and Brian E. Scholes.
    Both Metzger, of Vandalia, and Scholes, of Brownstown, were found guilty of possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine-manufacturing materials.

  • Still working on CO2 storage

    A little more than a month after Fayette County lost out on its effort to host carbon dioxide storage for the FutureGen 2.0 Alliance, the company leading that effort is still at work.

  • City continues fine-tuning budget

    Working together in a session on Monday that lasted three hours, Vandalia officials and department heads trimmed a sizeable amount of funds from the city’s new budget.
    If those cuts from the Monday session – which was the second round of budget-trimming – the city’s budget total could be reduced by more than $200,000.
    Mayor Rick Gottman called the Monday work session, asking for department heads to help him and city aldermen create a balanced budget for the fiscal year that begins on May 1.

  • Attends Conference

  • VFW Buddy Poppy Day

    Mayor Rick Gottman, right, has signed a proclamation declaring Saturday, April 30, as VFW Buddy Poppy Day. With Gottman is Margaret Luster, poppy chairwoman at Veteran of Foreign Wars Old Capitol Post 3862 in Vandalia. On April 30, members of the VFW Auxiliary will be selling buddy poppies, with the proceeds going to help disabled and needy veterans.