Local News

  • City workers to replace line, save big money

    The decision of two department heads to take on a major project could save the city of Vandalia up to $50,000.
    Public Works Director Marlin Filer and Water Plant Superintendent Marty Huskey have jointly agreed to replace the line delivering water from Vandalia Lake to the city’s water treatment plant.
    The city learned of a major leak several weeks ago and recently determined, Huskey said, that Kaskaskia River flooding had eroded a west river bank and also broke the lake supply line north of the water plant.

  • Coroner investigating apparent suicide

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen is continuing to investigate an apparent suicide early Monday morning.
    Bowen said that at 11:49 p.m. on Sunday, authorities received a report of an individual with a firearm threatening to harm himself at the Carlyle Lake Patoka access area.
    Fayette County sheriff’s deputies and the Illinois State Police responded to the call and located that individual’s vehicle.
    Asked multiple times to exit his vehicle, Bowen said, the individual did not respond. Officers at the scene then heard a single gunshot.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 2

    ✔ 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.

  • A Day of Family Fun
  • 4th of July in the area

    Area communities will celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks and other festivities
    The Vandalia Lions Club is again hosting a three-day carnival at the Vandalia Lake marina campgrounds.
    The carnival is open from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 4-10 p.m. on Saturday.
    The Lions Club will provide its annual fireworks display over Vandalia Lake at dusk on Friday night.
    The village of Farina will hold its 60th annual Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday at the Farina Village Park.

  • Policy includes Chromebook Purchase Program

    Vandalia Community High School students who don’t have devices they can use to participate in the 1-to-1 program can lease Chromebooks or use ones kept at the school.
    The program guidelines for the 1-to-1 program approved by the Vandalia Board of Education include a Chromebook Purchase Program.
    Students may lease a Chromebook for three school years, at a cost of $100 per year. For families qualifying under free and reduced-cost guidelines, the cost is $50 per year.
    At the end of that three-year lease period, the student owns the Chromebook.

  • Taking the Next Step in Technology

    “The increased use of technology in our classrooms will ‘power up’ student success today, and for the future.”

  • Law Dogs hold national rally in Vandalia

    If you were anywhere around Vandalia this past weekend, the thunder from the storms wasn’t the only loud noise you heard. You also heard the sound of 130 motorcycles as the Law Dogs LE/MC held its National Rally here last Thursday, Friday and Saturday at America’s Best Value Inn.

  • Bids for swimming pool project opened on July 9

    Vandalia Park District officials will know in the near future whether bids for the renovation of the district’s swimming pool are in line with estimates for the project.

  • SWCD executive director explains potential impact

    Kelly Thompson, SWCD Executive Director
    Nearly $7.5 million Soil and Water Conservation District funding for FY 2016 has been named in the governor’s latest budget cuts and will be “suspended” July 1 if a balanced budget cannot be reached by the General Assembly.
    The suspension of funds accounts for district operations and cost-share project appropriations. If the suspension is not lifted, soil and water conservation districts around the state will be forced to dismantle their work force and offices will close.