Local News

  • City working to solve water leak

    The city of Vandalia has asked for assistance from its consulting engineers is trying to take care of a water leak.
    And the mayor has asked the engineers to have the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take the city’s issue into consideration as they decide on the release of water from Lake Shelbyville.
    Marty Huskey, the city’s water plant superintendent, told the city council on Monday that they have been using purple dye in an attempt to find the leak, and believe it is between the city’s water and sewer plants.

  • Panhandling law stands

    Alderwoman Dorothy Crawford told other members of the Vandalia City Council on Monday that she realized after voting with them two weeks ago to OK a new panhandling ordinance that she made a mistake.
    But the other seven aldermen declined her request to reconsider the approval of that ordinance.
    Crawford asked to have the ordinance voted on again, saying that after it was approved at the June 1 meeting, and after talking to some individuals, she arrived at the thinking that the ordinance “was not given the discussion it really warranted.”

  • Remembering Their Service
  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 18

    ✔ The South Central Illinois Law Dogs are hosting the three-day national Law Dogs rally in Vandalia through Saturday.
    ✔ 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.

  • Nomination period for FSA county committees started on Monday

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees began on Monday.

  • Vandalia School District, teachers OK new agreement

    The Vandalia School District Board of Education and Vandalia Unit Teachers Association on Wednesday agreed to a new, three-year contract.

    The contract includes adding 1 percent to the base salary and using the current salary schedule for each of the three years.

    Among the items in language that were changed are:

    A) $25 per month increase for those taking district health insurance for the current school

    year only; no new monies will be added to the insurance component for the 2016-17 or

    2017-18 school years.

  • Summer Lunches for Kids now offered

    The Summer Lunches for Kids program gets under way next week in area communities.
    The free lunches will be available from 11-11:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 10-Aug. 14, in Vandalia at Lincoln Park, across from the Vandalia Statehouse; and the gazebo in Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street.
    The free lunches will also be available on Wednesdays at:
    • Shobonier – Township building across from the post office.
    • Vera – Township garage parking lot.
    • Ramsey – Lions Park.

  • Fighting for a Cure

    The Fayette County Relay for Life was held on Saturday in Rogier Park in Vandalia, and one of the organizers, Sue Denning, said at the start of the event that about $18,000 had already been raised for the fight against cancer.

  • County on target with current budget

    A member of the Fayette County Board reported on Tuesday that the county is right on target with this year’s budget.
    But, Darrell Schaal, a member of the board’s finance committee, cautioned the county’s department heads that they need to remain vigiliant with their spending for the next six months.
    Schaal reported that the county is at 48 percent with its revenues and at 49 percent with its expenditures midway through the fiscal year.

  • Warrant served on sythetic drug charges

    A Vandalia man who was charged in April with two synthetic drug offenses was arrested on those charges last week.
    According to Fayette County Jail records, an arrest warrant was served on Jerry W. Weldon Jr., 44, 120 E. Jefferson St., and he was processed at the jail last Tuesday.
    In April, the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison filed information charging Weldon with two felony offenses.