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Local News

  • Vandalia residents are asked to stay off streets

    Vandalia streets are very slick and hazardous. Mayor Rick Gottman and chief of police Jeff Ray are asking residents to stay off the streets so that city crews can put down salt, to allow emergency vehicles to travel safely.

  • Meth charges bring 17 year-sentence

    A Vandalia man has agreed to a 17-year prison sentence in pleading guilty to  methamphetamine charges.
    Kevin K. Cook, 33, will serve that sentence at the same time as two others, one in Fayette County and one in Effingham County.
    Cook pleaded guilty in Fayette County Circuit Court to participation in methamphetamine manufacturing and possession of up to 400 grams of methamphetamine and had his plea-bargaining agreement approved by Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor.

  • County will continue work on new budget

    Having hoped to be ready to put the county’s new budget on display for public view before approving it, Fayette County Board members agreed on Tuesday to take a little more time to work on it.

  • Helping to break the curse

    In 2014 and 2015, Spencer Patton lived the dream of many young boys – playing major-league baseball. This year, he continued that dream while helping generations of Chicago Cubs fans live theirs.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, December 15

    ✔ 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, December 16

  • Taking the Oath
  • Former asst. state's attorney named judge

    A former assistant state’s attorney in Fayette County is the newest judge in the state’s Fourth Judicial Circuit.
    Amanda Ade-Harlow was announced last Thursday as an associate judge by Michael J. Tardy, director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts.

  • Statehouse events this weekend

    This state’s oldest existing capitol will host two holiday events this weekend, including one that includes a popular give-away.

  • City given 2 tax levy hike options

    The Vandalia City Council was presented on Monday two options for the city’s new tax levy, each of which calls for a substantial increase in the total levy.
    And, while a levy with a large increase will be approved, the impact on residents’ property tax bills will be significantly lower.
    Dale Timmermann of Timmermann and Co. Ltd., the city’s auditor, presented to city officials at Monday’s council meeting one proposed levy with a 21.85-percent increase and one with a projected increase of 12.34 percent.

  • Santa Paws