Local News

  • 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.

  • Home confinement for Koontz denied

    A judge on Tuesday denied the request of a Vandalia man currently housed in the Fayette County Jail on child pornography charges to be released to home confinement until his trial.

  • Chamber banquet tickets on sale

    Tickets are now available for the annual Greater Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, formerly the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

    The banquet is being held on Thursday, Jan. 25, in the reception room at Howie’s on Main. A social hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 6:30 p.m., followed the presentation of this year’s Abe Award winners.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 11

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

    Friday, January 12

    ✔ 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.

    Monday, January 15


  • Library's winter reading program begins

    The winter reading program at Evans Public Library in Vandalia is now under way.
    Local students pre-K through high school are invited to sign up for the program. Every book read in January and February is a chance to win a drawing; prizes will be drawn on March 1.
    Children may sign up anytime throughout the program.

  • New Coroner
  • Recycling, county consultant in the news

    We continue with our look back at 2017 in this issue.
    FAYCO Enterprises set up an online survey to hear from the residents of Vandalia whether they currently uses recycling services offered locally and whether they would be willing to pay a $1.25 monthly surcharge to keep those services available. Later in the month, the city received the results of that survey, which showed that 54.5 percent of city residents were willing to pay a surcharge.