Local News

  • Brownstown bank starts Santa's Helpers

    The First National Bank of Brownstown is asking local residents to help them provide Christmas gifts for local needy children.
    Local residents may sponsor children up through high-school age by taking a tag from the bank’s Santa’s Secret Helpers Christmas Tree and purchasing the gift or gifts on the tag.
    Each tag provides the age and gender of the child, clothing sizes and desired gift or gifts.
    Then, residents return the tag with the gift or gifts to the bank no later than noon on Saturday, Dec. 16.

  • Toys for Tots
  • Four arrested on drug charges

    Four individuals were arrested on drug charges following the raid of a Farina residence.
    Taken into custody were: Trent A. Parker, 28, 203 E. Madison St., Farina; Eric E. Lloyd, 30, 512 W. Seventh St., St. Elmo; Cody C. Bushue 26, 206 N. Poplar St., Farina; and Kaitlin R. Mahon, 24, 203 W. Madison St., Farina.
    According to the Fayette County Sheriff's Office arrest log, the four were arrested on methamphetamine charges when booked into the jail.

  • Calendar

    Friday, December 1

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Teen Advisory Board meets at 4 p.m. at the library. Teens interested in joining the board should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 282-2824.

  • Primary filings under way

    The Fayette County ballot for the primary election next spring began taking shape on Monday, the first day to file nominating petitions for that election.
    Those filing nominating petitions on Monday included three incumbent county officers – Supervisor of Assessments Cindi Lotz, County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder, and Sheriff Chris Smith, all Republicans.
    Lotz is running for a seventh term in office, and Smith and Conder are both running for a second term.

  • Christmas Gala, other holiday events this weekend

    The state’s oldest existing capitol will host two popular Christmas events on the next two weekends.
    The Christmas Gala, sponsored by the Vandalia Historical Society, is this Saturday evening, and the Statehouse Christmas Open House next Saturday night.

  • Well steps down as superintendent

    Citing “personal reasons,” the superintendent of the Vandalia School District has stepped down from that position.

  • UPDATE: Casey appointed interim Vandalia superintendent

    In a brief special meeting on Friday afternoon, the Vandalia Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Nick Casey as the interim superintendent of schools.
    Casey, who currently serves as the director of the Okaw Area Vocational Center, was named the interim superintendent following a closed session that lasted less than 10 minutes.
    Casey’s appointment came three days after Rich Well, the district superintendent for about 12 years, submitted his resignation, citing “personal reasons.”
    Casey appointment is effective on Monday.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, November 23

    ✔ Fayette County Habitat for Humanity is holding its 11th annual free community Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the American Legion Home in Vandalia. Reservations are not required. Deliveries will be made to shut-ins only.
    Friday, November 24

    ✔ Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 will not hold bingo at the Legion Home, due to Thanksgiving.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

    Saturday, November 25

  • Police handle large number of thefts from vehicles

    In light of numerous thefts one evening last week, Vandalia’s police chief is reminding residents to lock their vehicles.
    The city police reported last week that they handled thefts from 13 vehicles, with most of them being at Capitol Pointe Apartments at the west end of Randolph Street.
    All of those vehicles, Police Chief Jeff Ray said, were not locked at the time of the thefts.
    In addition to the thefts late last Wednesday evening, police have received sporadic reports of thefts from vehicles, Ray said.