Local News

  • New raffle, poker run law on the books

    Two months ago, Fayette County Board Chairman Jeff Beckman said he didn’t like that organizations and groups holding raffles and poker runs as benefits were required to turn over some the money raised to the county.
    On Tuesday, the board put in place a new ordinance governing those fundraisers that Assistant State’s Attorney Brenda Mathis said is much less restrictive.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 15

    ✔ 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.

    Friday, September 16

    ✔ The Vandalia Moose Lodge is holding its monthly chicken and fish dinner, at a cost of $8. The meal is open to the public.

  • News Briefs

    Homeschool Group meeting again

  • Football game starts at 6 p.m.

    We just learned from Vandalia Community High School officials that the starting time for tonight's varsity football game in Staunton has been moved up an hour, to 6 p.m.

  • St. Elmo Labor Day Celebration
  • Survey says: 162, corn; 50.74, beans

    If the group of about 30 people that canvassed Fayette County last Thursday are on target – and they usually are – county farmers can expect some good yields come harvest time.

  • Council given two options on water, sewerage rates

    The Vandalia City Council will have at least two options to consider on water and sewerage rates for the coming year.
    Those two options – increases of 15.18 or 3.11 percent for water and 6.05 or no increase for sewerage – were presented as Dale Timmermann and Tricia Elam of Timmermann and Co. Ltd. presented the annual city audit report on Tuesday.
    If the council takes no action at its Sept. 19 meeting, the water rate will increase by 15.18 percent and the sewerage rate by 6.05 percent.

  • Reward offered for VCHS audio system theft

    The Vandalia Police Department is asking for help in finding out who stole the audio equipment from Mark Greer Field at Vandalia Community High School.
    And it’s paying good money to the person who can give them that information.
    Police Chief Jeff Ray said that the police department is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone giving information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who stole the audio equipment.

  • CEFS given emergency food, shelter funds

    Fayette County has been chosen to receive $4,266 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
    The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; Jewish Federations of North America; Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 8

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center on the Vandalia Community High School campus.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.