Local News

  • Funding fight continues

    Seventeen school districts in the state have joined together to work for school funding reform, and the Vandalia School District leadership is a key player.
    As part of that effort, the Vandalia district is among 17 in the state to file a lawsuit against the state, governor and Illinois State Board of Education last week.
    The filing of that suit comes at a time when school districts in the state are struggling to make ends meet because they are not receiving all of the funds that the state owes them.

  • Serving at-risk students

    “Very few kids ever testify in front of a legislative committee, and our kids have testified before a legislative committee.”

  • We Apologize

    Some vote totals from last week's election as reported in last week's issue were incorrect.
    In St. Elmo, write-in candidate  Dennis Haslett received 41 votes in the mayoral race. Incumbent Ernie Meyers was elected with 225 votes.
    Haslett's name was not included in the summary report.
    In Ramsey, Steve Markwardt received 224 votes in being elected to a two-year term as a village board trustee. His total was inadvertently not included.
    We apologize for the errors.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 13

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District meets at 4:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Room at Evans Public Library.
    ✔ The Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary meets at the Legion Home. The executive committee meets at 5:30 p.m., and the regular meeting is at 6 p.m.

  • Forget-Me-Not Resource Center now at Evans Public Library

    A Forget-Me-Not Resource Center has been established in the Evans Public Library in Vandalia by Effingham Area Alzheimer’s Awareness.
    The Forget-Me-Not Resource Center is a collection of books, DVDs and Reminiscence toolkits about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, brain health, caring for people living with Alzheimer’s, biographies of people living with Alzheimer’s and other topics. It is in the Reference Section of the library. If you do not have a library card, there is a special card, Alzheimer’s Awareness Vandalia, that can be used.

  • FCHD Bunny Run
  • Baker's new sentence is 85 years

    The 22-year-old man who initially was given a life sentence for murdering a neighbor couple in Loogootee about 6½ years ago on Monday was given what the judge termed “a de facto life sentence.”

  • Putting faces to the mural

    The faces that will appear in Vandalia’s first professional painted mural have been chosen.
    Members of the Vandalia Mural Committee met at Denny’s on Tuesday afternoon to draw the winners from among those who purchased tickets in the raffle held to help fund the city’s first mural.

  • Few races, low turnout Tuesday

    With very few races on the ballot throughout Fayette County, it’s no surprise that voter turnout was low for Tuesday’s consolidated election.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 30

    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

    Friday, April 7

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Teen Advisory Board meets at 4 p.m. Teens interested in joining the board should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.