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Local News

  • Bridge work close to being done

    The completion of a project that calls for the replacement of two bridges at a major intersection in Vandalia will be completed by early April, if not sooner.

  • Three TIF grants awarded

    The Vandalia City Council on Tuesday approved Tax Increment Financing agreements to help two businesses and a church with improvement projects.
    The agreements help Dennis Grubaugh with the renovation of a downtown building, The Chuckwagon with a parking lot project and First United Methodist Church with a demolition and parking lot project.
    The TIF agreement with Grubaugh gives him up to $14,900 for a project estimated to cost $29,800.

  • Deficit budget

    On the second of two votes, the only one that really mattered, the Fayette County Board on Tuesday approved a budget for the current fiscal year.
    But, because of the fact that it’s a deficit budget, many of the board members, even those who voted for it, continued to voice concerns about the county’s financial situation.
    That budget has revenues projected at $4,160,554 and expenditures at $4,660,355.17, creating a deficit of $499.801.17.

  • Improving & Preserving Some of Our History

    Knowing the historical significance of the Old State Burial Ground in Vandalia, Dorothy Donley took her granddaughter their for a visit last year.

  • Enbridge Donates Truck to SEFPD
  • No serious injuries in school bus crash

    A Vandalia man was ticketed for disobeying a stop sign following a collision with a Vandalia School District bus early Tuesday morning.

  • Swarm, Barenfanger given Abe Awards

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce on Saturday honored two individuals who have worked in different ways to help the community through their volunteer efforts.

  • Burger King staying

    As it turns out, Vandalia will not be losing its Burger King restaurant.
    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that Teutopolis-based Meyer Oil Co. told him that it would no longer pursue a liquor license that would allow for the operation of a gaming parlor at its Mach 1 Phillips 66 convenience store on Veterans Avenue in Vandalia.

  • Call for help leads to big drug seizure

    Two California women who called police for assistance last week ended up being arrested for allegedly possessing a large amount of marijuana.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kelsie M. Flemming, 26, 403 N. Kennedy Blvd., Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 7 on an alleged probation violation. Bond was $4,000.
    • A 16-year-old Mulberry Grove resident was arrested on Feb. 6 on a charge of aggravated criminal sexual assault. The youth was taken to the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center.
    • Patrick M. Wilczynski, 37, Pocahontas, was arrested on Feb. 6 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,000.