Local News

  • City or civil matter?

    The city of Vandalia’s legal counsel will try to determine whether it should be involved in a request to relocate a city street as it was platted or whether it’s a civil matter between two parties.
    The city council’s streets committee met last week to discuss Andy Lester’s interest in moving a section of Fletcher Street that runs south of his property, running west off of Sunset Drive.

  • National Week of Prayer
  • Jail time for theft of trailers

    A Shobonier teen who was one of two individuals arrested in March for a number trailer thefts in the area will spend a little less than four months in jail.
    Johnny L. Baker, 18, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Fayette County Court to a charge of vehicle theft conspiracy and was sentenced to 120 days in the Fayette County Jail, with 10 days credit given for time already served.
    Judge Don Sheafor also sentenced Baker to 48 months probation, issued a $2,500 fine, and ordered him to pay a $50 Crimewatch fee and a $400 public defender reimbursement fee.

  • New county payroll system OK'd

    The Fayette County Board on Tuesday approved a change in its payroll system that the county clerk believes will save the county money and “simplify” operations.
    County Clerk Vicky Conder told the county board that when she was notified that First National Bank was wanting to discontinue payroll services to the county, she began shopping around for companies that could provide that service.

  • Fun Fest, Military Tribute are this Saturday

    The Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE and the Vandalia Tourism Commission are holding the annual Family Fun Fest and Military Tribute this Saturday in downtown Vandalia, rain or shine.
    The Fun Fest includes a bike show from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., kids’ games and activities, food stands, a live DJ and an attendance drawing.
    The bike show features seven classes, with registration from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The entry fee is $15 per bike or $10 plus a small stuffed animal. Judging starts at 2 p.m.

  • St. Elmo Junior-Senior High temporarily on lockdown

    St. Elmo Junior-Senior High School was temporarily on lockdown status this morning.

    St. Elmo Superintendent Deb Philpot issued the following press release about the incident:

  • Administrator candidate review begins

    A Vandalia City Council committee will begin weeding out the candidates for the city administrator post next week.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 7

    ✔ 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, May 8

  • 10-year term for arson, meth

    A Mt. Olive man who was arrested on aggravated arson and methamphetamine charges a little more than a year ago has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

  • National Week of Prayer is this week

    The National Week of Prayer is being observed in Vandalia throughout this week, starting with a community prayer on Sunday night and ending with the National Day of Prayer breakfast this Thursday.

    The schedule for the week is as follows:

    • Sunday – Community prayer at First Church of God on Thrill Hill Road, 6 p.m.

    • Monday – Prayer at Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, 7:45-8 a.m., with the Rev. John Glennon of Parkview Free Methodist Church the facilitator.