Local News

  • Five RR crossings closed this week
  • Health Department holding Ladies Night Out
  • School board OKs amended budget

    The Vandalia Board of Education approved on Tuesday an amended budget that reflects, among other things, building projects associated with the relocation of some of the district’s younger students.
    The amended budget, as presented by district Business Manager Lori Meseke, includes renovations made to Vandalia Elementary School and Vandalia Junior High School, as well as the construction of a new maintenance building.

  • Vandalia hosting Law Dogs this weekend

    For the second time in two months, Vandalia is hosting an organization’s national gathering.

  • City working to solve water leak

    The city of Vandalia has asked for assistance from its consulting engineers is trying to take care of a water leak.
    And the mayor has asked the engineers to have the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take the city’s issue into consideration as they decide on the release of water from Lake Shelbyville.
    Marty Huskey, the city’s water plant superintendent, told the city council on Monday that they have been using purple dye in an attempt to find the leak, and believe it is between the city’s water and sewer plants.

  • Panhandling law stands

    Alderwoman Dorothy Crawford told other members of the Vandalia City Council on Monday that she realized after voting with them two weeks ago to OK a new panhandling ordinance that she made a mistake.
    But the other seven aldermen declined her request to reconsider the approval of that ordinance.
    Crawford asked to have the ordinance voted on again, saying that after it was approved at the June 1 meeting, and after talking to some individuals, she arrived at the thinking that the ordinance “was not given the discussion it really warranted.”

  • Remembering Their Service
  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 18

    ✔ The South Central Illinois Law Dogs are hosting the three-day national Law Dogs rally in Vandalia through Saturday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Nomination period for FSA county committees started on Monday

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees began on Monday.

  • Vandalia School District, teachers OK new agreement

    The Vandalia School District Board of Education and Vandalia Unit Teachers Association on Wednesday agreed to a new, three-year contract.

    The contract includes adding 1 percent to the base salary and using the current salary schedule for each of the three years.

    Among the items in language that were changed are:

    A) $25 per month increase for those taking district health insurance for the current school

    year only; no new monies will be added to the insurance component for the 2016-17 or

    2017-18 school years.