Local News

  • City will redraw its ward borders

    For many, many decades, the city of Vandalia has used two major streets in the city to create the boundaries for its four aldermanic wards. But, over the years, changes in the city’s makeup has resulted in discrepancies in the size of the wards.
    Therefore, Mayor Rick Gottman said, the city needs to create new boundaries.
    The council voted on Monday to authorize city officials to begin the redistricting process.
    “We have not done that in a number of years,” Gottman said.

  • City OKs new levy

    As expected, the Vandalia City Council approved on Monday a new tax levy that is estimated to raise the overall tax bill of city residents by about 2.35 percent.
    But it took two votes.
    The council initially voted 4-3 to reject a tax levy with a 19.44-percent increase, then – after a lengthy discussion – approved that levy in a 5-2 vote.
    The tax levy that was ultimately approved, which has a $740,600 total, was one of two options that were presented to the council by the city’s auditor, Dale Timmermann of Timmermann and Co. Ltd.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Dec. 24

    ✔ Crown Point Church in rural Vandalia will hold Christmas Eve services at 8 p.m. The public is invited to attend. The church is located seven miles south of Vandalia on Carlyle Road (follow Eighth Street south).

    Friday, Dec. 25


  • Park board talks about increasing visibility, use of Vandalia Airport

    For the second month in a row, Vandalia Park District commissioners talked about ways to increase the visibility of what they believe is the community’s best-kept secret – Vandalia Airport.
    At their meeting last Thursday, commissioners talked about ways to educate the public about just how much the airport is being used.

  • Pretrial set for new Baker sentencing

    A February pretrial hearing has been set for a Loogootee resident who will be resentenced on first-degree murder charges on which he was convicted four years ago.

  • Free Christmas Dinner at Northside

    Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St. in Vandalia, will host a free Christmas dinner, with serving from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The dinner is for anyone in the community who would otherwise be alone on Christmas. Those planning to attend are asked to contact the church, 283-1970.

  • Calendar

    • Brenda M. McCrory, 53, Montclair, Calif., was arrested on Dec. 15 on a charge of driving while her license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Brian M. Corrow, 33, 309 S. Moreland St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 14 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Keisha A. Beccue, 25, Altamont, was arrested on Dec. 13 on charges of theft less than $300 and disorderly conduct. Bond was $1,500.

  • Holiday Happenings
  • Low-speed vehicle law tabled again

    For the second month in a row, the Fayette County Board tabled an ordinance governing the use of low-speed vehicles within the county.
    “I think there are a lot of people who’ve got questions about it,” board Chairman Jeff Beckman said as the issue came up during Tuesday’s meeting.
    The board agreed to send it to its rules and regulations committee for further discussion, and Beckman said a vote on the ordinance could come up as soon as next month.

  • Levy hikes city tax bill 2%+

    The Vandalia City Council is planning to vote in two weeks on a tax levy that will increase the city’s portion of residents’ tax bills by a little more than 2 percent.
    The tax levy that aldermen agreed to consider for approval at their Dec. 21 meeting has a total of $740,600, which is an increase of 19.44 percent over last year’s total tax extension.
    That levy proposal is one of two options that was presented to the council by the city’s auditor, Dale Timmermann of Timmermann and Co. Ltd., during a work session on Monday evening.