Local News

  • Two charged Tuesday with theft of area trailers

    A routine traffic stop on Tuesday led to the arrest of two individuals on charges related to recent trailer thefts in the Fayette County area.
    The office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison filed three charges against Johnny L. Baker, 18, 808 N. 800th St., Shobonier, and also charged theft charges against a local 17-year-old juvenile.
    Baker has been charged with:

  • Winter Hits Hard
  • A big hit for the city?

    A proposal by new Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner could have officials in Vandalia really sharpening their pencils as they draw up a new budget.
    Rauner recently announced that he would like to, as part of dealing with the state’s financial woes, cut in half the amount of income tax that the state gives to municipalities.
    On Monday night, Mayor Rick Gottman said that if Rauner’s proposal becomes reality, that would reduce the amount of the city’s income taxes from the state from $695,964 to $347,922 this year.

  • Sheriff's scholarship available

    The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announces that it will be awarding over $ 53,000 in college scholarships throughout the state to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2015-16 academic year.
    The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and fees only.
    The student applicants must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within Illinois.
    Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith will be awarding one $500 scholarship.

  • Two I-70 projects slated to begin next Monday

    Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner.
    But, in addition to warmer weather, the arrival of spring also signifies the start of road construction season.
    Two projects along Interstate 70 in Fayette County are scheduled to get underway soon, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.
    The first is the improvement of I-70 from milepost 62, a mile east of Vandalia’s eastern exit, to milepost 64.
    That improvement project is slated to begin on Monday and be completed by Nov. 16.

  • That Old House

    Only two years have passed since Amy and Michael Schulze bought and renovated a home on Riverview Drive in Vandalia. So, needless to say, the couple wasn’t house shopping.

  • Headed Back to State

    Kendrick Woolsey celebrates his win on Tuesday that clinched another trip to the dual team state finals for the Vandalia Vandals wrestling team.

    Coverage of the sectional win is in the Sports section of today's issue.

  • Mike Radliff picked as next FNB president

    The First National Bank announced on Monday that Michael R. Radliff has been selected as its next president and chief executive officer.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Feb. 26

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-6 p.m. at St. Peter Village Hall in St. Peter.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Brownstown VFW dinner postponed till March 14

    Due to weather conditions, Brownstown VFW Post 9770 has postponed its chili and soup dinner until March 14.