Local News

  • Vandalia man acquitted on harassment charge by jury

    A Fayette County jury deliberated for only about 30 minutes before finding a Vandalia man not guilty of harassing a witness.
    In a trial that lasted only several hours, Larry M. Ishum, 32, was acquitted on a charge that alleged that he communicated with a female who was the alleged victim in a pending domestic battery case.
    Ishum was charged with the offense, a Class 2 felony punishable by up to seven years in prison, as a trial on that domestic battery was getting under way in June of this year.

  • Vandalia man takes 50 years in prison for child pornography

    Less than a month after he was arrested on 17 counts of child pornography, a Vandalia man has pleaded guilty to five of those counts and agreed to serve up to 50 years in prison.

  • KC drops LPN program here

    Five days after a number of residents implored Kaskaskia College not to discontinue the licensed practical nursing program at KC’s Vandalia Campus, the KC Board of Trustees took that action.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 28

    ✔ 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, July 29

  • Council to vote Wednesday on building/zoning official
  • Man agrees to 50 years for child pornography

    A Vandalia man who was charged in June with 17 counts of child pornography will serve up to 50 years in prison.

    Manuel D. Prater, 62, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to five counts of Class X child pornography charges, and agreed to a 10-year sentence on each charge, with the five sentences being served consecutively.

    Through the plea-bargaining agreement, the other 12 counts were dismissed.

    He was given 26 days credit for time served in Fayette County Jail since his arrest.

  • State school funding is good ... for now

    Superintendent of Schools Rich Well delivered good news about state funding to the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday, but with a caveat that the news applies only to the new school year.
    With state legislators and Gov. Bruce Rauner approving a stop-gap budget that included full education funding, Well said, “it looks like were going to be 100-percent funded.
    “It will be the first time in six years that we will have 100 percent of an education budget,” he said.

  • Local man charged with child pornography

    A Vandalia man is jailed on $350,000 bond after being arrested on child pornography charges.

  • City officials note dangers faced by police

    Recent fatal police shootings, and the dangers that the local officers face, were discussed twice during Monday’s Vandalia City Council meeting.
    Mayor Rick Gottman opened Monday’s meeting by asking for a moment of silence for the Baton Rouge and Dallas police officers killed recently.
    At the same time, Gottman offered the reminder that tragedies like those don’t just happen in large cities.
    “People think we’re just a small town, but things like that could happen here,” the mayor said.

  • Trash pickup changes

    Vandalia residents are being reminded this week of some new guidelines for their trash pickup.