Local News

  • Fire Destroys Garage
  • Fire Destroys Garage
  • VES Fun Fair
  • Shop with a Cop

    The Vandalia Police Department is again partnering with Land of Lincoln Credit Union for its Shop with a Cop program.
    Through the program, the police department takes a number of local children shopping for Christmas. Last year, the department was able to serve 11 children.
    The department is raising money for the program through November, with donations being accepted at the VPD, 219 S. Fifth St., and Land of Lincoln Credit Union, 925 New York Drive, Suite 4.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Nov. 12

    ✔ The Vandalia Park District meets at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center.
    ✔ 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.

  • Jury trial reset after a mistrial

    A new trial date has been set for a local woman whose trial at the end of last month was canceled because she allegedly interacted with jurors.
    A jury trial for Tiffany M. Siebert, 28, of Vandalia, on a charge of domestic battery got under way on Oct. 27 with jury selection.

  • Northside helping with homework

    Northside Christian Church is known for its tendency to reach out to help others in the community, and it saw an opportunity to help children with their school work twice a week, even to the point of providing transportation for them, as they realize that parents are often still at work at that time.

  • Flag Retirement Ceremony
  • Olde Tyme Christmas

    Though Christmas is still six weeks away, two organizations are combining to get local residents into the holiday spirit this weekend.
    The Downtown Vandalia Merchants Association and Vandalia Tourism Commission are sponsoring Olde Tyme Christmas downtown this Friday night and Saturday.
    The holiday event runs from 5-10 p.m. on Friday, then continues from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday.
    It kicks off with the lighting of the city Christmas tree at Seventh and Gallatin streets at 5 p.m., followed by the annual Vandalia Rotary Club Christmas parade.

  • Impasse effect

    The state’s budget impasse is having a big impact on the city of Vandalia’s financial status, Mayor Rick Gottman told the city council on Monday.
    As the treasurer’s report was presented to the council for approval, Gottman pointed out that the state has fallen way behind on its tax payments to the city.
    For example, he said:
    • The general sales tax payment made to the city, in October, was the July payment. The first six payments ranged from $125,586.12 to $154,443.29.