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Local News

  • No new CRP offers for now

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Tuesday that it will process many pending eligible offers for land enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program, and it will temporarily suspend accepting most new offers until later in the 2018 fiscal year.
    “All current, eligible CRP continuous enrollment offers made through Sept. 30, 2017 – except for those made under the Pollinator Habitat Initiative (CP42) – will be approved,” Steven J. Peterson, acting Farm Service Agency administrator, said.

  • Haunted house opens Friday

    This year’s edition of the haunted house provided by the Vandalia Swimming Pool staff makes its debut this weekend.

  • California man jailed for heroin

    A California man is in Fayette County Jail on $100,000 bond after being arrested on Sunday for possession of heroin.

  • A surplus county budget

    The Fayette County Board voted to open for public viewing a proposed budget that has a small surplus in the general fund at the end of the next fiscal year.
    That surplus is being made possible because of a decision involving past loans to the general fund from the capital improvements fund.
    Cat Lange of Bellwether, an operations consultant hired by the county board in July, told board members on Tuesday that in past year’s, the county has “tried to run a tightly-balanced budget” or one with a substantial deficit.

  • A day full of activities in Vandalia
  • VCHS Celebrates Homecoming Week
  • Stepping Back in Time

    Visitors to the Old State Burial Ground on Saturday got to hear from some of Vandalia's early residents during the cemetery walk held by the National Road Interpretive Center.

    Local residents portraying the town's ancestors included Linda Pennington (second photo) and Brock Brannon.

  • Lots to Do in Vandalia on Saturday

    Vandalia was full of activity over the weekend, with Vandalia Community High School homecoming coinciding with Vandalia's Little Community Garden Harvest Festival, Wine & Ale with Abe and a cemetery walk.

  • Council OKs fourth liquor license for gaming

    The third time is a charm for a local business wanting a city liquor license that allows gaming.
    The Vandalia City Council on Monday voted 5-1 to increase the number of Class J liquor licenses from three to four.
    The ordinance amendment was drawn up after the owner of Discount Tobacco again filed an application for a Class J license, which allows gaming in conjunction with the sale of alcohol for consumption on-site only.

  • Shobonier man dies in accident

    A Shobonier man died Friday morning when the car he was repairing rolled forward, trapping him underneath.
    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said that a neighbor found Terry Wilkerson, 51, pinned under his car, and jacked it up, freeing him.
    The Vandalia Fire Department and Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene at about 11:39 a.m.
    Bowen pronounced Wilkerson dead at the scene at 12:04 p.m.
    The death remains under investigation by the coroner’s office.