Local News

  • Two samples test positive for West Nile

    Samples gathered last week in two areas of Fayette County tested positive for West Nile virus.
    Jodi Cyr, supervising sanitarian for Fayette County Health Department, said that first West Nile virus positive batches of mosquitoes in Fayette County were collected as part of routine testing by the department.
    “These results demonstrate the continued need for people to ensure they are protected from mosquito bites,” Cyr said.
    The mosquito samples were collected in rural Ramsey and rural Shobonier/St. Peter last Tuesday and tested last Wednesday.

  • Mayor gives info on property at Eighth and Veterans

    As Vandalia’s mayor updated council members on the downtown demolition project on Monday, he also reported on another project, one on the city’s north side.
    Gottman told aldermen that the company leasing the property at the southwest corner of Eighth Street and Veterans Avenue from Larry Mabry has bought out the lease and turned the property back over to Mabry.

  • First Day of School

    Kanon Schaal does not seem to be excited about being photographed on his first day of pre-kindergarten at Vandalia Elementary School.

  • Good marks given for registration

    Vandalia’s superintendent of schools told school board members on Tuesday that the district’s new format for registering students, for the most part, “went very smooth.”
    That new format called for parents to preregister their students online, then show up on registration day to pay fees and pick up their children’s schedules.

  • Demolition started on Wednesday

    Demolition work on three buildings at the main intersection of Vandalia’s downtown business district got under way on Wednesday.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 20

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
    ✔ 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.

  • Engineers: Buildings need to come down

    The second opinion is the same as the first – three buildings at Vandalia's main downtown interection need to be demolished.

    Vandalia officials received on Thursday a written report in which structural engineers Dave Clark and Mike Vandergast gave the findings of their inspection of buildings at 501, 503 and 507 W. Gallatin Street on Monday.

    The engineers with ESI Consultants LTD. in Charleston said that the buildings should "be demolished as safely and expeditiously as possible."

  • Meeting on cover crops on Monday

    According to the recently released Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, “The adoption of cover crops as a routine management practice may provide the best means of achieving large reductions in nutrient losses, particularly in the southern two-thirds of the state.” This strategy calls for a 45-percent reduction in phosphorus reaching the Mississippi River.

  • FNB celebrating 150th anniversary on Saturday

    First National Bank of Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka and Mulberry Grove is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and parties are being held in each community First National Bank serves.
    The Vandalia celebration is this Saturday, from 4-8 p.m., at Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street.  
    The celebration will include free food, such as pulled pork sandwiches; prize drawings, facepainting, a rope maker, and a bounce house and inflatable obstacle course.

  • Alert salesman aids quick arrests for burglaries

    Less than 20 hours after it received the first of numerous burglary reports, Vandalia Police arrested two individuals believed to be responsible for those thefts.
    Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray said that those arrests were possible because of an alert salesman at a store where there was an attempt to use a stolen credit card.
    On Monday, Gordon A. Michaelson, 37, of Rosco, and Scott A. Kilgore, 45, of Matteson, were charged with a Class 3 felony charge of theft of more than $500. Kilgore was also charged with possession of a fraudulent ID card, a Class 4 felony.