Local News

  • Family YMCA Holds Grand Raffle

    The Family Y of Fayette County held its Grand Raffle on March 28 at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.

  • Ruemmelin application deadline is May 1

    The deadline for several Vandalia organizations to apply for  funds from the Charles J. Ruemmelin Foundation deadline is May 1.
    Charles J. Ruemmelin, a quiet man with piercing brown eyes, spent many of his working hours at the Fayette County Courthouse, where he researched and prepared abstracts of title. Not active in civic organizations, he moved to Springfield to live near his sister after his mother’s death.

  • Lions Circus at Chuckwagon parking lot


  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 9

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ 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 the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. in the conference room of the Okaw Area Vocational Center, located on the Vandalia Community High School campus.

  • ICC, city agree on rail plan

    A little more than two months after proposing large-scale changes to two downtown rail crossings in Vandalia, the Illinois Commerce Commission has agreed to one change in that area of town.
    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman told the city council on Monday that the ICC had agreed to the plan supported by the city. That plan includes only one change – limiting Main Street between Fifth and Sixth streets to eastbound traffic.

  • Losing a landmark

    Vandalia is losing one of its major landmarks, a community building that has been unusable in recent years because of a couple of health and safety issues.

  • Hubler unseats Clark

    In the only contested race in Vandalia on Tuesday, Kenneth Hubler defeated incumbent Neil Clark for a seat on the Vandalia City Council.
    In the race for a Ward I seat, in which only 37 of the eligible voters turned out, Hubler gained 22 votes to Clark’s 15.
    Overall, less than 7 percent of the registered voters went to the polls on election day.
    Hubler was one of three aldermen elected on Tuesday. Russ Stunkel, in Ward II, and B. John Clark, in Ward III, won re-election to their seats. Stunkel received 27 votes, and Clark received 67.

  • Attempted murder charge filed

    One day after a Vandalia man was arrested on four counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm, one of those counts was upgraded to attempted first-degree murder.

  • Man arrested for allegedly shooting at another person


  • Scout House coming down

    Demolition of the Evans Youth Center, commonly known as the Scout House, is well under way.

    The Evans Public Library District, which now owns the property, is hopeful that it can raise the funds for the construction of a new library at that location.

    At a Friends of the Library meeting recently, it was stated that a Casey man has purchased salvageable material from the Youth Center to use in the construction of a house.