Local News

  • Demolish, not rehab

    Just a couple of weeks after Dennis Grubaugh’s request for funding assistance for significant repairs to the former Twisters entertainment facility was put on hold, Grubaugh said he is now planning different action.
    Grubaugh told the Vandalia City Council that based on his re-evaluation of the structure and concerns voiced by a number of local residents, he has decided to demolish the existing building and construct a new one.

  • Meeting on band future Thursday

    The Vandalia Board of Education will meet in special session on Thursday to consider the future of the district band program.
    The agenda for that meeting, which will be held at 8 p.m. in the district board room, includes a discussion of the “district band direction for 2014-15.” Presumably, that means that the public will be invited to make comments about its desires for the program.
    Then, two items are on the agenda for board action:

  • Fayette County's New Judge
  • Two face felony cannabis charges

    Two Tennessee men were in custody at Fayette County Jail after being arrested on several felony cannabis charges on Tuesday.
    According to jail records, Hieu D. Nguyen, 41, of Lakeland, Tenn., and Ricky T. Pham, 39, of Germantown, Tenn., were arrested by the Illinois State Police at milepost 136 on Interstate 70.
    Each was charged with possession of 2,000-5,000 grams of cannabis, cannabis conspiracy, cannabis trafficking and manufacture or delivery of cannabis.

  • 20 years for sex offenses

    A Peotone man sentenced to 22 years in prison 2½ years ago who was granted a new day in court had that sentence reduced by two years.

  • Remembering those who gave all
  • Remembering a Comrade

    Area law enforcement agencies joined the Illinois Commerce Commission police in special enforcement patrols on Friday in memory of one of their offficers killed in the line of duty.

  • Pool opens this weekend

    The Vandalia Public Swimming Pool will open for the season this Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting. Saturday hours are 1-5 p.m. and Sunday’s hours are 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
    Due to school being in session June 2-4, the pool will be open from 6-8 p.m. only on those days.
    The pool will begin its regular season hours on Thursday, June 5. Those hours are: Sunday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.; and Saturdays 1-5 p.m. only, due to private parties. There must be 10 people present to open the pool on cool or questionable weather days and nights.

  • Fire Damages Mobile Home

    The Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department was called to Beckman Trailer Court on West Fillmore Street for a fire at one of the mobile homes.

    According to VVFD reports, firefighters were called to a mobile home owned by Sally and Patrick Davin at 7:49 p.m. when smoke was seen coming from the structure. According to the fire report, the residence has been vacant for a couple of months. The cause of the fire, which caused an estimated $21,000 in damage, is unknown at this time. Nineteen firefighters responded, and they were at the scene for about 50 minutes.

  • Woman cited for DUI after pedestrian is hit

    A Collinsville man was airlifted to a Springfield hospital after being hit by a vehicle on Saturday evening, and the driver of that vehicle was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.
    The Illinois State Police reported that at 7:06 p.m., Steven G. Cox was walking his dog on Lakewood Drive, northwest of Vandalia, when the accident occurred.
    The state police said that Cox was running across the road to get the dog and was leaning over to pick up the dog when he was struck by a 2011 Jeep Cherokee driven by Peggy S. Beckmeier, 56, of Vandalia.