Local News

  • Program can pull criminal activity from electronics

    The Fayette County State’s Attorney’s Office will use bond money that the county received in a child pornography case to help in the investigation in that and other types of criminal offenses.
    The county board approved the $15,000 purchase of the computer program, which Assistant State’s Attorney Brenda Mathis explained is used “in the investigation and apprehension of individuals who have (illegal) things on their phones.”

  • Consultant to help county with finances

    Having discussed for some time possible ways to address its financial struggles, the Fayette County Board last week decided to bring in someone who pledged to make improvements.
    The board approved an agreement with Bloomington-based Bellwether LLC after Bruce DeLashmit laid out in writing how his firm can help the county’s financial standing.
    Board members approved that agreement one month after agreeing to have Bellwether perform a cost study on the operations of the county’s sheriff and county clerk offices.

  • City will enforce recycling fees

    Vandalia residents who continually choose not to include with their water bill payments the surcharges for recycling will face the same fate as all others who don’t pay the full amount – disconnection of their water service.
    That’s the direction given to City Clerk Peggy Bowen by the city council on Monday night.

  • Fayette County Royalty
  • Research + Education

    About a decade ago, while going through some Fayette County Farm Bureau documents, Ron Marshel ran across the deed documents for land that the organization donated to the University of Illinois for farm research.

  • St. Peter woman hurt in wreck early Tuesday

    A St. Peter woman was injured in a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 at Vandalia early Tuesday morning.
    According to Vandalia Police reports, a city officer responded to an accident just west of Ill. Route 185 and Janett Avenue.
    Police said that Jaclyn Wieda, 20, was driving east on Interstate 70 when she lost control of her vehicle, went into the median and crossed both westbound lanes.
    The vehicle then entered a ditch on the north side of I-70, became airborne and landed on County Road 1660 North, coming to rest in a cornfield, according to police.

  • Calendar

    Friday, July 13

    ✔ "Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt" is the story for the storytime at the Vandalia Statehouse. It will feature stories from area quilters, and children will "make your own special quilt.

    Friday, July 14

  • Council OKs $1.25 for recycling

    In split votes on Monday, the Vandalia City Council approved adding two surcharges to the monthly bills of city water users to help keep two local recycling programs operating.
    The council, in 5-3 votes, approved a $1 monthly surcharge to support the recycling program operated by FAYCO Enterprises and a 25-cent surcharge for the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District’s electronics recycling program.

  • City OKs Thrill Hill document

    The Vandalia City Council took the next step toward replacement of a bridge on Thrill Hill Road north of town.
    The council voted 6-2 to approved an Illinois Department of Transportation local agency agreement for federal participation.
    That agreement shows that the estimated cost for a new bridge is $487,050, with the federal government paying $389,640 and the city’s share being $97,410.
    The Thrill Hill bridge project, Mayor Rick Gottman said at a recent meeting, is scheduled to be included in IDOT’s August bid letting.

  • Farina Fourth of July Parade