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Local News

  • No serious injuries in school bus crash

    A Vandalia man was ticketed for disobeying a stop sign following a collision with a Vandalia School District bus early Tuesday morning.

  • Swarm, Barenfanger given Abe Awards

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce on Saturday honored two individuals who have worked in different ways to help the community through their volunteer efforts.

  • Burger King staying

    As it turns out, Vandalia will not be losing its Burger King restaurant.
    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that Teutopolis-based Meyer Oil Co. told him that it would no longer pursue a liquor license that would allow for the operation of a gaming parlor at its Mach 1 Phillips 66 convenience store on Veterans Avenue in Vandalia.

  • Call for help leads to big drug seizure

    Two California women who called police for assistance last week ended up being arrested for allegedly possessing a large amount of marijuana.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kelsie M. Flemming, 26, 403 N. Kennedy Blvd., Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 7 on an alleged probation violation. Bond was $4,000.
    • A 16-year-old Mulberry Grove resident was arrested on Feb. 6 on a charge of aggravated criminal sexual assault. The youth was taken to the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center.
    • Patrick M. Wilczynski, 37, Pocahontas, was arrested on Feb. 6 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, February 9

    ✔ The public is invited to the celebration of the eighth anniversary of the National Road Interpretive Center in Vandalia at 106 S. Fifth St. At 11 a.m., Phil Lewis will talk about the Looking for Lincoln program. At 1 p.m., local historian Linda Hanabarger will talk about finding a new map and a source of Vandalia's name. Refreshments will be available.
    ✔ 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.

  • Feldpouch resigns from Vandalia Park District Board

    A long-time member of the Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioner has stepped down, and his seat has been filled with a Vandalia native who moved back to the community a couple of years ago.
    Chad Feldpouch resigned at the Jan. 12 board meeting after 18 years on the park board, having moved out of the park district.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, February 2

    ✔ 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, February 3

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Teen Advisory Board meets at 4 p.m. at the library. Teens interested in joining the board should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824..

  • Pipeline payout

    Fayette County’s sheriff has taken big steps to upgrade his department’s aging fleet of vehicles, largely due to fees received for providing pipeline security details.
    Since taking office a little more than two years ago, Chris Smith has been working to find ways to replace a older fleet of vehicles with high mileage … and, thus, high maintenance costs.

  • Witnessing U.S. History

    It wasn’t the first time a small group of local residents were present for the inauguration of a U.S. president. But it was a different experience.