Local News

  • Mayor signs final documents for rail crossing work

    Vandalia’s mayor said on Monday that he has signed the final documents for improvements at two downtown railroad crossings.
    Rick Gottman said that in signing the documents for work being done at the rail crossings at Fifth and Sixth streets, he agrees that the city will be responsible only for the rail crossing markings painted on the streets.

  • Halloween in Vandalia

    The Vandalia Lions Club’s 72nd annual Halloween parade next Thursday is among the events and activities on the calendar.
    The parade kicks off at 7 p.m., following the traditional route on Gallatin Street, from Seventh Street to Third Street.
    As in the past, parade lineup and registration begins at 5 p.m. on Eighth Street in the area of the Fayette County Courthouse and the former Washington School.

  • City, Lions develop safety plan for Halloween parade

    Finalizing the plans for this year’s Halloween parade in Vandalia have included developing a strategy to prevent a tragedy like the one that occurred just prior to last year’s parade.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that he and Police Chief Jeff Ray met with members of the Vandalia Lions Club, the sponsor of the parade, to finalize a safety plan for motorists and pedestrians.
    Ray has been working on such a plan in light of a fatal accident at the Sixth Street rail crossing last year.

  • 'We don't have the money right now'

    It’s not that the city doesn’t want to fix the bridge on Thrill Hill Road, Mayor Rick Gottman said on Monday night.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Oct. 22

    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steak House in Vandalia. Dave Arnold is the scheduled speaker. All Fayette County retired teachers are invited to attend. For more information, contact Diane Curll at 283-0492.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

  • VPD accepting donations in November for Shop with a Cop

    The Vandalia Police Department is again partnering with Land of Lincoln Credit Union for its Shop with a Cop program.
    Through the program, the police department takes a number of local children shopping for Christmas. Last year, the department was able to serve 11 children.
    The department is raising money for the program through November, with donations being accepted at the VPD, 219 S. Fifth St., and Land of Lincoln Credit Union, 925 New York Drive, Suite 4.

  • County OKs digital ticket system

    Law enforcement and court officials are taking a technological step into ticket-writing and –processing due to action by the Fayette County Board on Tuesday.
    The county board approved ordinances for the county’s implementation of a DigiTicket system and the use of funds to pay for the system.
    Fayette County Circuit Clerk Kathy Emerick told the county board that the DigiTicket system involves law enforcement officers using handheld devices for the issuance of tickets.

  • Morrison to seek re-election

    Fayette County’s state’s attorney for the past three years wants to continue serving in that post for a second term.

  • Pool staff's haunted house opens Friday

    The Vandalia Municipal Swimming Pool staff is offering local residents a chance to both enjoy the Halloween season and contribute to the pool renovation project.
    The pool staff is again hosting a haunted house at the former Washington School building in the 300 block of South Eighth Street, with all of the proceeds going to the pool work.
    The dates and hours for “Hospital of Horrors” are:
    • Friday and Saturday – 7-11 p.m.
    • Friday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 24 – 7-11 p.m.

  • St. James Lutheran celebrating 150 years

    A number of activities are planned as a Vandalia congregation celebrates 150 years of existence, though the history of its membership goes back even further than that.

    St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church was formed on April 1, 1865, as the congregation of St. Jacobus Evangelical Lutheran decided to divide into two churches.
    The St. Jacobus congregation was organized on June 23, 1844, with 44 charter members, including people who came to Vandalia with the Ernst Colony group.