Local News

  • Business Expo is next Saturday

    The local chapter of a business networking organization will be sponsoring a business expo at Vandalia Elementary School gymnasium on Saturday, April 12.
    The expo, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include booths prepared by members of BNI Network Masters from Vandalia and Greenville.
    Admission is free. Members of the Vandalia Community High School FFA chapter will provide food and beverages.

  • Heart health series next week at KC Vandalia

    Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious disability.
    The University of Illinois Extension office, in partnership with Kaskaskia College, will offer a two-part series, “Healthy Heart,” at Kaskaskia College’s Vandalia Campus next Monday and Wednesday, from 1-3 p.m.
    This two-part series focuses on increasing participant awareness of the risk factors of CHD – hypertension, high blood pressure and cholesterol, and other warning signs.

  • Schwarm sworn in as an appellate court judge


    Family members and close friends were present as Fayette County’s resident circuit judge for the past 20 years moved up in the state’s judicial process on Monday.


  • Taking pride in their community


    St. Peter is a community that has a tradition of being clean and attractive, and a group of its residents continually work to make sure it stays that way.


    Community Pride, a village support group that was formed about five years ago, takes on projects that otherwise may not be done.

    Steve Hoover, who heads up that beautification committee, said that that’s exactly why the group was formed.

  • Taking a step back


    The Vandalia Park District Board will move forward with its pool project, but not before doing some research on its options.

    Those options now include whether to continue on with the rehabilitation of the existing structure or building a new pool.

  • Fairgrounds Ribbon-Cutting

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the revamped Fayette County Fairgrounds in Brownstown.

    Pictured, from left to right, are fair board members Nick Tompkins, Ryan Tompkins and Kent Durbin, Brownstown Mayor Ginny Wilbur, Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman, board members Kim Gelsinger and Steve Behrends (back), Vandalia Chamber of Commerce representative Kelly Washburn, fair board member Jennifer Richards and Vandalia Chamber of Commerce representative Sally Emerick.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 27
    ✔ The 20th annual antique tractor show at Village Square Mall will be held Thursday through Sunday. The mall is located on Ill. Route 45 south of Effingham. It is sponsored by the Old National Trail and East Central Illinois Two-Cylinder clubs and the County Line Sod Busters. Those interested in displaying tractors or getting more information may call 483-6241, 217-536-6315 or 673-2346.

  • A helping hand ... and leg

    Brenda Dunaway knew right after the birth of her son, Colton, that there was a problem. The nurse alerting her of the problem also told her who she could turn to for help.

  • Route 51 hearings are next week

    Illinois Department of Transportation officials say that hearings next week will be the last opportunity for area residents to comment on IDOT’s alternative plans for four-lane expansion of U.S. Route 51.

  • School board OKs more cuts

    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday approved a deficit reduction plan under which 12 teaching positions would be eliminated, retirees would not be replaced and several other spending cuts would be made to offset an annual state aid shortfall of $1.8 million during the past three years.