Local News

  • New sheriff holds training session for staff on second day

    “I don’t want to waste any time,” Chris Smith said on Tuesday, one day after he took over as Fayette County’s sheriff.
    Smith, who took the oath of office on Monday, about a month after winning the sheriff’s post without opposition, hit the ground running by holding a day-long training session for all employees in the sheriff’s office.
    During the Tuesday session, Smith talked to employees about “the plans I have and the things that we’ve got coming,” he said.

  • Sworn Into Office

    Associate Judge Marc Kelly, second from left, issued the oath of office on Monday to those county officials who were elected at the November general election.

    Above, from left, are: Glenn Gurtner, Fayette County Board, District 6; Kelly; Sheriff Chris Smith; County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder; Jake Harris, county board, District 1; Supervisor of Assessments Cindi Lotz; and Treasurer Rose Hoover.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Dec. 4

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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, Dec. 5

  • Taylor anniversary reception is Saturday

    Mr. and Mrs. John Taylor of rural Shobonier are being honored at a reception this Saturday as they celebrate their 40th anniversary.


    A reception hosed by their children will be held from 1-3 p.m. in the reception room at Los Amigos Restaurant in Vandalia.

    John Taylor, the son of the late George and Mary Taylor of Litchfield, and Patricia Smith, the daughter of Addie Smith and the late Cliff Smith of East Alton, were married on Dec. 21, 1974, in Godfrey.

  • What is it?

    At Historical Vandalia Inc.'s Sixth Season of Events program on Sunday, attendees were asked to identify the use of antique household tools shown by Stan Severs of Argenta.

    First photo, Jean Stombaugh studies one of those items. Second photo, Severs asked attendees to identify an item brought by Shirley Mattes; it's a tool used to pull cream from the top of a milk container. Third photo, Bret Brosman writes down his guess on one of Severs's items.

  • Beards for Bucks

    Male personnel in the Vandalia and Fayette County law enforcement agencies are growing facial hair this Thanksgiving, but it’s not to keep them warm.
    Instead, those men are being allowed to disregard policies on facial hair this month in order to help raise funds for local projects.
    Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray is allowing his male officers and dispatchers to grow beards, goatees and mustaches if they agree to participate in the department’s Shop with a Cop.

  • Child pornography charges filed

    A judge will determine next Wednesday whether a Vandalia man arrested last week on child pornography charges will face trial on those charges.

  • Walks Present Donation to NF Center

    Brian and Amanda Walk and their daughters, Jordan and Amanda, recently presented a donation of $21,367.48 to the Washington University NF (Neurofibromatosis) Center.

    The donation represents the amount raised at the fourth annual  fuN Fest on Oct 4 at Gatch Lake. In the four years that the Walks have been holding the fuN Fest, they have raised $88,687.88.

  • News Briefs

    MRMC Insurance wins display contest

    McKellar, Robertson, McCarty and Click Insurance won the window decorating contest held as part of Olde-Tyme Christmas in downtown Vandalia.
    The insurance firm received the traveling trophy, which is now on display with the window display, which features military uniforms in a theme of "I'll Be Home for Christmas."
    The Sunshine House won second place, and The Red Door won third place.

    VPD seeking key holder information

  • Toys for Tots Under Way

    The Toys for Tots collection drive is under way at Arthur Young Inc., with new and like-new toys donated being included in Caring and Sharing Christmas baskets for less-fortunate families.

    Dennis Young of the dealership is shown with some early donations. Toys and other items may be dropped off at the Vandalia dealership during regular business hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.-noon on Saturdays.