Local News

  • Briefs

    Tools for School begins fundraising campaign

    Tools for School, a program for only Fayette County in-need students to select free school supplies, is beginning its work for 2017 with a fundraising campaign.
    Last year, about 500 school children pre-kindergarten through junior college from Brownstown, Farina, Ramsey, St. Elmo, St. Peter and Vandalia were served by the Tools for School program.

  • Work on mural begins next Wednesday

    The work on what is hoped to be only the first of numerous professionally painted murals in Vandalia is scheduled to get under way in about a week.

  • Pattillo resigns from county board

    Just several months after filling one vacant seat, the Fayette County Board now has to fill another.
    The board on Tuesday night approved the resignation of Troy Pattillo, who has served as a District 7 representative since December 2007.
    Just three months ago, the board approved the appointment of Mark Isaiah to a District 3 seat previously held by John Blythe.
    Also at Tuesday’s meeting:
    • The board approved a new agreement for the county’s Emergency Management Agency coordinator position.

  • Grande Levée returns

    The popular period celebration that looks back into the time when Vandalia was the home of Illinois government returns this weekend after a three-year break.

  • Two handed lengthy prison sentences

    Two men were given lengthy prison sentences in Fayette County Circuit Court last Friday.

  • County OKs another fund transfer

    County employees will receive their scheduled paychecks this week, but only because of a last-minute vote at Tuesday’s meeting of the Fayette County Board.
    After what has been an almost monthly discussion on the county’s finances for the past few years, board members initially voted down a request to transfer up to $400,000 from the county’s capital improvement fund to the general fund.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 8

    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Room at Evans Public Library.
    ✔ The Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary executive board meets at 5:30 p.m. and the regular monthly meeting is at 6 p.m.
    ✔ 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.

  • News Briefs

    VBS at Parkview Free Methodist Church

    Parkview Free Methodist Church, located at 1507 W. Jefferson St. in Vandalia, will hold Vacation Bible School this Saturday.
    Registration for “Once in a Minion” begins at 9:30 a.m., and VBS ends at 2 p.m., with lunch being provided. The VBS is open to all children preschool age through age 10.

    VBS at St. Elmo Christian Church

  • Summer Reading Program Kickoff
  • Youth Workcamps coming in 2018

    Having been involved in several Workcamps Home Repair missions, Staci Carroll saw how the program allows youth to help individuals in need while also beautifying communities.
    Therefore, Carroll wanted to see about bringing the program to Vandalia. Her timing couldn’t have been better.
    “It was a God thing,” Carroll said about approaching Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman last year.