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  • Stepping Back in Time

    Visitors to the Old State Burial Ground on Saturday got to hear from some of Vandalia's early residents during the cemetery walk held by the National Road Interpretive Center.

    Local residents portraying the town's ancestors included Linda Pennington (second photo) and Brock Brannon.

  • Lots to Do in Vandalia on Saturday

    Vandalia was full of activity over the weekend, with Vandalia Community High School homecoming coinciding with Vandalia's Little Community Garden Harvest Festival, Wine & Ale with Abe and a cemetery walk.

  • Council OKs fourth liquor license for gaming

    The third time is a charm for a local business wanting a city liquor license that allows gaming.
    The Vandalia City Council on Monday voted 5-1 to increase the number of Class J liquor licenses from three to four.
    The ordinance amendment was drawn up after the owner of Discount Tobacco again filed an application for a Class J license, which allows gaming in conjunction with the sale of alcohol for consumption on-site only.

  • Shobonier man dies in accident

    A Shobonier man died Friday morning when the car he was repairing rolled forward, trapping him underneath.
    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said that a neighbor found Terry Wilkerson, 51, pinned under his car, and jacked it up, freeing him.
    The Vandalia Fire Department and Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene at about 11:39 a.m.
    Bowen pronounced Wilkerson dead at the scene at 12:04 p.m.
    The death remains under investigation by the coroner’s office.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 5

    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. All retired teachers are invited. For more information, contact Diane Curll at 283-0492.
    ✔ The Evans Public Library's Homeschool group meets from 1-2 p.m. at the library. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at 283-2824.

    Friday, October 6

    ✔ Schools are not in session due to the Regional Office of Education No. 3 Teachers' Institute.

  • Hammer signs open guilty plea to injuring her infant child
  • TIF grants supported for new restaurant, historic house

    Vandalia aldermen on Monday night recommended Tax Increment Financing grants for a new restaurant and restoration work on an historic home that houses a state office.
    Also during that work session prior to Monday’s city council meeting, Mayor Rick Gottman told aldermen that after those two TIF applications are acted on, the program will be put on hold due to a sizeable project that is pending.
    Aldermen first recommended the approval of an application submitted by Charles Barenfanger for the historical Dieckman house at 129 N. Kennedy Blvd.

  • 'Huge success'

    The president of the Vandalia Historical Society believes that organization’s event at the Vandalia Statehouse on Saturday went over well.

  • Megan Wilson's address to the Vandalia School Board on bullying

    This is something that I have never dreamt of doing – standing up in a room to express how scared I am for our children. The word bullying is taken so lightly anymore in the state has tied the hands of our teachers in order to follow through with appropriate action.

  • Winter clothing give-away is Saturday

    In cooperation with Fayette County Real Estate, Vandalia Rehab and Health Care Center is hosting a free winter clothing and coat give-away this Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Donations of gently used winter clothing items and coats are being accepted through Friday at Vandalia Rehab and Health Care Center, 1500 W. St. Louis Ave., and Fayette County Real Estate, 725 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia.
    On Saturday, doors open promptly at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be provided.