Local News

  • Murder case hearing delayed

    A pretrial hearing related to the resentencing of a Loogootee resident convicted of murdering two residents of that rural community in 2010 has been rescheduled.

  • Abe Awards

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce broke from tradition this year in honoring two individuals for their service to the community.

  • We Apologize

    Second-grader Mallory Hopkins was inadvertently omitted from the list of students making the honor roll at Vandalia Elementary School as provided by the school.
    She was inadvertently omitted from the list in last week's issue.
    We apologize for the error.

  • Early voting now available

    Fayette County Circuit Clerk Vicky Conder, the county's local election official, has announced that early voting is now available.
    Conder said late last month that objections to several presidential candidates could cause a delay in the preparation of ballots and voting tabulators for the March 14 primary election.
    Late last week, Conder announced that those issues have been resolved an early voting is now available in the clerk's office at the county courthouse.

  • Fayette County Court

    In Fayette County Circuit Court last Tuesday, Matthew W. Shaw, 45, of Vandalia, pleaded guilty to driving while his license was suspended, and was sentenced to five years in prison by Judge Michael D. McHaney.
    Also on Tuesday, McHaney sentenced Aaron F. Hall, 39, of Taylorville, to four years in prison after Hall pleaded guilty to violation of sex offender registration.
    Last Friday, Bo J. Belcher, 21, of Vandalia, was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Feb. 11

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group will meet from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. at the Okaw Area Vocational Center on the Vandalia Community High School campus.

  • Lincoln's Birthday events this Saturday, Sunday

    Vandalia is again holding a two-day celebration to recognize the birthday of one of the most-famous people in world history, a man who got his political start in this community.
    “A Weekend with Mr. Lincoln,” sponsored by the Vandalia Tourism Commission and Vandalia Historical Society, begins on Saturday morning and concludes on Sunday afternoon.
    The two-day celebration kicks off with an open house at the National Road Interpretive Center at 106 S. Fifth St., just north of Vandalia City Hall.

  • Eagle watch Saturday in Carlyle

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the Case-Halstead Library in Carlyle, will be hosting an eagle watch from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. this Saturday at the library.
    At 10 a.m. and noon, the World Bird Sanctuary will present “All About Eagles” and will bring a live bald eagle to demonstrate the majestic flight and nature of this beautiful bird.

  • Extension bucket list seminar to be held on Feb. 19

    Are there things in your life that you’ve wanted to accomplish but haven’t?
    Are there personal goals that would bring you joy and fulfillment, but are always put on the back burner?
    Maybe you need to work on your bucket list!
    A bucket list is simply a list of experiences or achievements that a person would like to do in their lifetime.
    Cheri Burcham, University of Illinois Extension family life educator, will conduct the seminar at 1 p.m. on Feb. 19 at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus, 2310 W. Fillmore St.

  • Lack of state budget continues to hurt city

    The city of Vandalia, like all other government entities and agencies throughout Illinois, continues to suffer from the effects of no state budget.
    “As of Friday, we had not received any money from the state” for water and sewer services provided to Vandalia Correctional Center, Mayor Rick Gottman told aldermen on Monday night.
    And, again, Gottman has contacted state Rep. John Cavaletto (R-107th District) to see if the legislator can do anything about getting the money owed to the city.