Local News

  • Research + Education

    About a decade ago, while going through some Fayette County Farm Bureau documents, Ron Marshel ran across the deed documents for land that the organization donated to the University of Illinois for farm research.

  • St. Peter woman hurt in wreck early Tuesday

    A St. Peter woman was injured in a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 at Vandalia early Tuesday morning.
    According to Vandalia Police reports, a city officer responded to an accident just west of Ill. Route 185 and Janett Avenue.
    Police said that Jaclyn Wieda, 20, was driving east on Interstate 70 when she lost control of her vehicle, went into the median and crossed both westbound lanes.
    The vehicle then entered a ditch on the north side of I-70, became airborne and landed on County Road 1660 North, coming to rest in a cornfield, according to police.

  • Calendar

    Friday, July 13

    ✔ "Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt" is the story for the storytime at the Vandalia Statehouse. It will feature stories from area quilters, and children will "make your own special quilt.

    Friday, July 14

  • Council OKs $1.25 for recycling

    In split votes on Monday, the Vandalia City Council approved adding two surcharges to the monthly bills of city water users to help keep two local recycling programs operating.
    The council, in 5-3 votes, approved a $1 monthly surcharge to support the recycling program operated by FAYCO Enterprises and a 25-cent surcharge for the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District’s electronics recycling program.

  • City OKs Thrill Hill document

    The Vandalia City Council took the next step toward replacement of a bridge on Thrill Hill Road north of town.
    The council voted 6-2 to approved an Illinois Department of Transportation local agency agreement for federal participation.
    That agreement shows that the estimated cost for a new bridge is $487,050, with the federal government paying $389,640 and the city’s share being $97,410.
    The Thrill Hill bridge project, Mayor Rick Gottman said at a recent meeting, is scheduled to be included in IDOT’s August bid letting.

  • Farina Fourth of July Parade
  • St. Elmo Legion planning different type of golf outing

    St. Elmo American Legion Post No. 420 is holding a different type of golf outing this fall.
    On Aug. 12, MBI Concrete will fly over the Fore-Way Challenge Golf and Driving Range at Lake Sara and dump a laundry basket or other type of container full of numbered golf balls. Four of those will be winning golf balls.
    The person with the ball closest to the pin will win $5,000, the second-closest wins $2,500, third place is $1,500 and fourth is $1,000.
    The Legion post is selling 1,000 numbered golf balls for $20 each.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 6

    ✔ The Grandparents/Relatives Raising Children support group meets from 1-2 p.m. at Evans Public Library in Vandalia. The support group meets monthly and provides support, education and access to additional resources, including financial assistance. For more information, contact Trisha Katt at 217-347-7179, ext. 1062.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Patriotic Musical at First Baptist in Brownstown
  • Some ways to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes

    As we enter mosquito season, the Illinois Department of Public Health is reminding Illinoisans of the diseases mosquitoes carry and the best ways to avoid being bitten.
    “Each year since 2002 when we saw the first human cases of West Nile virus in Illinois, we’ve seen the virus circulate across the state,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D. J.D.
    “This year, many people are concerned about a relatively news virus – Zika virus.