Local News

  • Miller at county fair queen pageant this weekend

    Miss Fayette County Fair Queen 2017 Elizabeth Miller will compete at Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant this weekend.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 18

    ✔ The Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary meeting scheduled for this Thursday has been canceled.

    Friday, January 19

    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

    Sunday, January 21

  • Logo contest held for city's 200th birthday

    The Vandalia Bicentennial Board of Directors is holding contests for two logos that will be used during the city’s 200th birthday party next year.

  • City OKs one TIF

    Vandalia alderman on Monday approved one Tax Increment Financing grant on Monday and decided that a funds requested in a second application should come from a different source.
    The city council voted 6-1 to approve a TIF grant of up to $54,581.12 for improvements to the ProWire building at 102 N. Sixth St.
    The owners of ProWire, Mark and Andrea Meadows plan to add a 25-foot-by-32-foot garage area to the west side of the existing building, which they recently purchased, and convert existing garage space into office space.

  • 'Road map of our future'

    The first step in the creation of a new comprehensive plan for the city of Vandalia was taken on Monday afternoon, with city officials and departments providing input to the firm that will develop that plan.

    Three representatives of Peckham Guyton Albers & Viets Inc. first met with department heds, then with Mayor Rick Gottman, City Clerk and city aldermen to get their input.
    The comprehensive plan, Gottman said, is a master plan that covers such things as land use, economic development, community development and infrastructure.

  • Murder arrest made

    A Mulberry Grove man was arrested for murder for his alleged role in the death of a rural Brownstown man last September.
    Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith announced just before noon on Wednesday that David Leroy Bright, 68, was jailed on two counts on murder.
    Bright is being charged with causing the death of James R. “Jim” Skinner in Skinner’s home last September.
    Bright is expected to go before a judge on the murder charges on Thursday morning.
    He is being housed in the Fayette County Jail on $1 million bond.

  • Contests for city bicentennial logos


  • Caboose restoration gets under way, football Vandals make school history

    We complete our look back at 2017 in this issue.
    The National Road Interpretive Center in Vandalia revived a popular community event, a cemetery walk in the Old State Burial Ground, where many of Illinois’ government officials and community leaders in the early years of the state and city were laid to rest.

  • Hammer sentencing may be delayed

    A sentencing hearing for a Vandalia woman charged with causing serious injury to her infant child is scheduled for next Tuesday, but it may be continued again.

  • County considers insurance options

    Health insurance coverage for Fayette County employees will remain unchanged for at least one more month, as the county board considers another option.
    During Tuesday’s meeting, county board member Jenny Waggoner, a member of the board’s insurance and personnel committee, told other board members that she had checked with at least 28 companies about providing health insurance for county employees.
    What Waggoner is proposing is that the county consider joining with other Illinois counties in a HOPE trust.