Local News

  • Pedestrian killed in early Monday morning crash

    A St. Elmo woman who was walking along U.S. Route 40 early Monday morning was killed when she was struck by a passing vehicle.

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said on Monday morning that 32-year-old Chrystal Snider and a friend were walking three-10ths of a mile east of County Road 1950E when an eastbound car driven by Arik Warner struck Schnider.

    Bowen pronounced Snider dead at the scene of the accident at 1:12 a.m.

  • Pipeline work about 60% complete

    A project moving southward through the center of Fayette County that has had significant impact on the local economy is more than 60-percent complete.

  • It's time to lead a dog's life

    At a party recognizing one of the recent retirees of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, the treat for the honoree would likely be a cheeseburger instead of a cake.

  • Harvest Season Begins
  • Harvest Festival Royalty

    Royalty crowned at the Harvest Festival on Saturday in downtown Vandalia are pictured.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Oct. 1

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. at the American Legion Home in Ramsey.
    ✔ The Vandalia Community High School volleyball team will host Greenville in the Volley for the Cure game. The event starts at 5 p.m. and includes food, raffles, prizes and an address by cancer survivor Mindy Miller.

  • After call from county board member, coroner decided not to seek re-election

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen announced on Thursday that he after a phone call from a county board member, he has decided not to seek a fifth term.

    In a press release, Bowen said that he had initially planned to run for re-election, but changed his mind after a phone call.

    Bowen said that while he was on vacation, a county board member called him, "accusing me of things that were totally untrue. He did not name the county board member."

  • CEFS honors South Central Illinois Law Dogs

    The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corp. recently showcased its 50th year of accomplishments that demonstrated that community action helps people and changes lives.

  • Harvest Festival, ABATE Fun Fest are downtown this weekend

    Due to state budget cuts, Vandalia’s most-popular annual festival is not being held this year. But, there is still a lot going on in downtown Vandalia this weekend.
    The Grande Levée, a period celebration at the Vandalia Statehouse, was dropped again this year because of state cuts. However, a local celebration that has been held in conjunction with the Grande Levée, Harvest Festival, is continuing.

  • School board OKs a deficit budget

    The Vandalia Board of Education approved a deficit budget for the district’s new fiscal year, but, as has been the case in recent years, the final outcome will be dependant upon the receipt of funds from the state.
    Because of that ongoing uncertainty, Superintendent of Schools Rich Well said, “Traditionally, this is the type of budget (conservative) that we have approved.”
    The conservative budget includes low estimates for revenues and high estimates for expenditures.