Local News

  • Library starts Winter Reading Program

    All local students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 are invited to partipate in Evans Public Library's Winter Reading Program, "Book Your Winter Get-Away!"
    For each book they read over the winter, participants will receive a ticket to enter to win prizes.
    The program runs through Feb. 28. Students may sign up anytime at the library.

  • Mayor getting new city official acclimated

    Tuesday was the first day on the job for Vandalia’s new director of economic development, and Mayor Rick Gottman said he is focused on getting Brian Stout acclimated.
    Gottman told aldermen that he and Stout are meeting with Jeanne Gustafson, the director of economic development in Salem, this Thursday, and that he plans to set up meetings with others holding that position in other towns.

  • Pana, St. Anthony in VHT title game; Vandals play for 5th

    The championship game of the 45th annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament will feature a rematch between Pana and Effingham St. Anthony.

    The two teams met earlier in the tournament, with St. Anthony recording a 50-48 win.

    The Vandals will play Shelbyville in the third-place game, set for 5 p.m.

    Patoka faces Flora in the third-place game at 6:30 p.m., and Ramsey faces Father McGivney in the seventh-place game at 3:30.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, December 29

    ✔ 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.

    Friday, December 30

    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

    Saturday, December 31


    Sunday, January 1

  • School district continues to wait on state funds

    The Vandalia School District is continuing to keep its head above water despite delays in funds coming from the state.
    Superintendent Rich Well told the board of education last week that the district has not received categorical payments, for such things as transportation, this year, and is short a payment from last year.
    Well said he is “really disheartened by the lack of something getting done,” the lack of action on school reform, in the state capital.

  • A work in progress

    The Fayette County Board voted during a special meeting last week to put the new county budget out for public viewing, but not until board members had continued to talk about the need to fine tune it.
    The proposed budget shows the general fund with a deficit of $527,832 at the end of the fiscal year ending on Nov. 30 of next year.
    When board member Wade Wilhour asked, “Is this one of the worst budgets we’ve passed?” board Chairman Jeff Beckman said, “Yes,” and Vice Chairman Darrell Schaal said, “Probably.”

  • Caring & Sharing

    Four decades ago, the Fayette County Health Department initiated a program through which Christmas baskets were given to six less-fortunate families in the county. Today, that program continues to thrive on a much larger scale.

  • Lower-hike tax levy approved

    Presented with two options for a new tax levy, each of which calls for a tax increase, the Vandalia City Council chose the lesser of two evils.
    Two weeks after the city’s auditor, Dale Timmermann of Timmermann and Co. Ltd., presented city aldermen with two proposed levies, he gave them final proposals, one updated after receiving information late last week.
    Timmermann said that all of the individual fund levies are unchanged from last year except for the police pension fund, which is being increased to meet the city’s obligation to that fund.

  • Stout hired for Vandalia's economic development post

    After stopping and starting the process a few times in recent years, the city of Vandalia has hired a director of economic development and tourism, filling the vacancy that has existed since June 2011 with a local resident.

  • 'Truly the gold standard'

    “Some people are just born to achieve professional and personal success … and when you talk about someone like Gene Schwarm, you are truly in rarified air.