Local News

  • Local business adds to reward for info on fire

    A local business is teaming up with Fayette County Crimewatchers in offering a reward for information about last month’s fatal fire.
    That fire at High School Apartments in the early morning hours of May 10 claimed the life of one of the complex’s residents, 63-year-old Jerry Voris.
    A State Fire Marshal investigator ruled the fire an arson, and continued to investigate the case with the Vandalia Police Department.

  • County OKs new computer equipment for elections

    About five months before the next election, Fayette County is getting a much-needed upgrade to equipment used for elections.
    The county board approved on Tuesday an agreement with Platinum Technology Resource for that equipment.
    Through the five-year, $60,415 contract, the company will provide the county with new software for voter registration, according to Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun, the county’s election official.

  • Trial date set for city suit

    A trial date has been set for the city of Vandalia’s complaint against a couple it believes is operating a restaurant on the city lake illegally.
    Judge Allen Bennett last week signed a case management order that set Dec. 8 as the date for a bench trial in the city’s case against Steve and Latisha Mabry.
    The order states that the bench trial is estimated to last three days, and that the final pretrial hearing in the case is set for Dec. 1.

  • News Briefs

    Summer reading program under way

    Evans Public Library and McDonald’s invite local youth to sign up for the library’s summer reading program, "Paws to Read."
    "Paws to Read" offers two reading programs this summer – one for students entering kindergarten through sixth grade, and one for students in junior high through newly graduated high school seniors.
    Prizes will be awarded for reading throughout the summer, and three special programs will be offered during June at the library.

  • First in a series of webinars on state policy is Tuesday

    Illinois is in fiscal crisis, with no easy solutions. Many tools will be needed to fix the problem, according to policy experts.
    The Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox is a virtual resource center providing papers that assess policy options and frame the issues surrounding Illinois’ precarious budget situation.
    Using high quality academic scholarship, leading policy experts from the University of Illinois provide a nonpartisan overview of the state’s fiscal situation, and evaluate the pros and cons of a variety of revenue and spending options.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 5

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will host PACK (Pups Assisting Children with Kindness) from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Children of all ages are welcome to read to DarnFar Ranch's specially trained therapy dogs. Registration is required; to register, call the library, 283-2824, or stop by the library.

  • City finally gets final bid for Gallatin work

    About four years after Vandalia’s downtown enhancement project was completed, the city has received the final bill for the project from the state.
    “It’s a little over $1 million,” Mayor Rick Gottman told the council.
    “We do have it, there is money in the bank,” Gottman said.
    However, he said, a team made up of City Clerk Peggy Bowen, Executive Assistant LaTisha Pasley and City Treasurer Alyssa Matar is going through all of the project paperwork to make sure the city pays only what it owes.

  • City blocks Thrill Hill bridge with gravel

    The city of Vandalia has taken another step toward repairing a badly deteriorating bridge north of town.

  • 1 1/2 positions for band OK'd

    Last Thursday’s special meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education began with a wide-ranging discussion between the board and the band boosters about the merits of the instrumental music program and the funding options available for it.
    That discussion reached a crescendo when a motion was made that the district would fund one full-time director, plus an additional half-time director.
    After more discussion, the board voted unanimously to approve that motion.  

  • A Hug of Thanks

    St. Elmo High School graduate Taylor Dial, hugs her mother, Terri, as she and the other graduates presented flowers to their parents during the school's commencement exercises on Saturday evening.