Local News

  • City gets funds for Sunset work

    The city of Vandalia on Tuesday received state transportation funds to cover the costs of preliminary work on a project to upgrade Sunset Drive.
    The $150,000 in reallocated money was presented to Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman by state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon). It will be used for design and engineering work on the portion of Sunset Drive between Jefferson Street and Veterans Avenue.
    “This will get the project ‘shovel ready’ when other funding becomes available,” said Gottman.

  • Weather delays line extensions

    The Vandalia City Council met for only about 15 minutes on Monday, and much of what was discussed was, of course, about the weather.
    One of the few decisions made by the council was to give a contractor two more weeks to complete the extensions of water and sewer lines in the city’s west Interstate 70 interchange.

  • Major meth conviction

    A Vandalia man faces a prison sentence of up to 120 years after being convicted of four methamphetamine offenses last week.
    A jury found Michael Fickes guilty on the felony offense at the conclusion of a three-day trial in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    Fickes, 40, was convicted of aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing (400-900 grams), participation in meth manufacturing, unlawful possession of meth-manufacturing materials and unlawful disposal of meth-manufacturing waste.

  • McCarter holding office hours on Tuesday

    State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) will be in his Vandalia office from 8:30-10 a.m. on Tuesday and available to meet with local residents.

    McCarter's office is located at 310 W. Gallatin St., just south of the Vandalia Statehouse.


    CHICAGO– Illinois State Police today announced that 5,000 Concealed Carry License (CCL) applications have been approved and are ready to be printed and mailed.

    The department will begin mailing the licenses and will continue to issue licenses as they are approved.  Concealed Carry Licenses will be printed and mailed on a daily basis.  


  • Calendar

    Thursday, February 27
    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Retired Fayette County Teachers Association will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. All retired teachers in Fayette County are invited.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia.

  • Rauner visits Vandalia

    Bruce Rauner says that there is one big difference between him and the three other candidates for Illinois governor – he’s not a politician.

  • Three "Nebraska" showings set for this weekend

    On the weekend that a Vandalia native will find out if she wins an Oscar, local residents may view the performance for which she is nominated.
    The National Road Interpretive Center will offer three showings of the movie “Nebraska” this weekend.
    June Squibb, daughter of the late Louie and Joybelle Squibb and a 1947 graduate of Vandalia High School, is nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Supporting Actress in that movie.
    The center will show the movie at 7 p.m. on Friday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Forum is Thursday

    Fayette County Republicans had a chance on Saturday to hear from the party’s candidates for sheriff and county clerk.
    This Thursday, all county residents will have a chance to hear from them.
    A candidates’ forum will be held at 6 p.m. this Thursday in the Little Theater at Vandalia Elementary School.
    Scheduled to participate are the four Republican sheriff candidates – Chris Smith, Bruce Bowen, Brad Ledbetter and Brent Ellis.
    At this time, there are no Democratic candidates for sheriff.

  • Pool overhaul OK'd

    Presented with either rehabilitating just the concrete deck of its swimming pool or the entire structure, the Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees chose the latter.